High School Advice

Summer is coming to an end, and for some of us it might already be over! I start my freshman year of college on September 1 and although orientation week starts August 24, I’d say I still have some summer time to enjoy and salvage. I decided that since some of you lovelies might be new to the whole high school scene, I’d give you some advice. After doing some research I pulled out some of the most frequently asked questions that people usually have and will hopefully give you my best take on the questions!

What do I do if I’m not good at a certain subject?

The first thing you have to remember is as long as you’re trying your best, there’s nothing you should beat yourself up about; but a great way to get better at a subject you might be lacking some skills in is to create a good relationship with the teacher and ask them for help. NEVER be afraid to ask questions, it’s your education and you deserve to be in the loop of what’s going on in the classroom. I totally know what it feels like to not be the best at a certain subject, and I’m definitely one of those people that had a hard time getting over the fact that I might not always get at least an A-, but you come to a point where you notice that as long as you’re doing everything you can, that one test or class won’t define you as who you truly are as a student or person!

How do I manage sports and school?

For starters it is 100% possible to play a sport and still do well in school. I’ve done it along with tons of other people I know. You have to remember that time management plays a big role in this and as long as you have that down, then you should do fine with your school work! If you want to join a team never let school work stop you from doing so, always try and see how it’ll work for you! If in the end you feel like it really is overwhelming then you can always quit the sport, but you can at least say you tried!

What do I do when I’m feeling too stressed/overwhelmed?

I get it, there’s days where you feel like the tests are just lined up one after another and the chapters will never end, but it’s going to be okay!!! Just take a step back, breathe, and start up again after you’ve calmed down. I found numerous ways to de-stress during high-school, my favorites including working out, yoga, meditation, writing, and pampering myself, but my best advice when you feel like you just can’t do it anymore is to take a personal day. What I mean by that is take a day off from school just for yourself. If you have any work to be done just get it over with early in the day and then just use all your time to relax and do the things that you like. This helped me get through all my years of high school and I’m sure it’ll help you too!

What really “matters”?

Clearly this is referring to, what really matters in high school to get into a good college and honestly, there isn’t really a strict set of things that really “matter”. When you look at it as a whole, a little bit of everything matter because everyone has something else to offer. Your SAT scores won’t doom you, and doing millions of extra-curricular activities won’t hide your 2.0 GPA. Just find a balance and really do the best that you feel you can do in order to reach your goals.

How do I make friends?

The most important thing to remember here is to BE YOURSELF. You will find a group of people that you click with eventually as long as you remember to stay true to yourself then it’ll almost be like your friends found you. Don’t worry, the universe got your back in finding where you truly belong. Just remember to never try and be someone that you’re not in order for someone to like and accept you, because then all they really like is the image you’re showing them and not your actual lovely personality.

Freshman Advice?

Personally, this was the worst year of my life, I was borderline depressed and in a funk, and I know maybe I shouldn’t be starting off an advice spiel with that, but it’s the truth, and if you ever feel the same way your freshman year it gets better. We all go through things in different ways, but for an optimal first year of high school just make the best of it and it’s really what you make of it. You’re just completing another year of school and although the work might get tougher and the atmosphere might change, you can still get through just like you’ve been getting through school your entire life!

Is Junior year really the hardest?

Honestly, yes; with that being said, just because it’s the hardest year, doesn’t mean that it’s something you can’t do. Don’t stress out too much, but remember to work hard because it is a big year. I definitely took the most AP’s this year out of every other year and had the most work to do, but I got through it and honestly, Junior year was such a fun year for me! I honestly had such a good time my Junior year, so just remember that just because you’re a junior doesn’t mean you’re going to be miserable all year long!

How do I stay motivated?

I know this is something that a lot of people struggle with, but my best tip for motivation in any aspect of life is to just do it. You’re not always going to want to do it, but do it anyway. When you finish your work right after you get home from school, or you start studying for that test in advance you will thank yourself. I know we all know that feeling of relief and pure bliss after finishing your homework and having the rest of the day to yourself so just remember that feeling. Also remember that your work ethic is 100% what you make of it!

How do you deal with drama?

Drama is something that I don’t understand and don’t get why anyone would want it in their life, but some people literally thrive off it; those are the people you stay away from. Honestly if you have drama withing your friend group and it’s a constant thing you deal with, then maybe those aren’t the people you should be surrounding yourself with! Drama really isn’t worth anything and it’s just an immature waste of time. Move on to bigger better things and just do you.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned in high school?

In my four years as a high school student, I’d have to say the the most important thing I learned and wish I had realized my Freshman year is that, high school is such a small fraction of your life. Like literally if your life was an encyclopedia, high school would maybe be the first two pages under the letter D. All the stuff that will happen to you in high school that you worried so much about will seem so small after it’s all said and done with. There is so much to life that has yet to come your way and high school is just a stepping stone, so please always remember that!

Well there you go! These are just a few tips on how to get through high school, but just live every day to it’s fullest potential no matter where you are in life!!!

xoxo, Caroline


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