Things I’m Glad I Did in High School
A little while ago, I made a post listing the things I wish I had done when I was in high school. I wanted to revisit the idea and list the things that, reflecting back on my teen years, I’m glad I did.
- Valued Comfort Over Trends
As a teenager, it is common to experiment with your personal style. When I was in high school, I did not follow the latest fashion trends. Though it was primarily because I could never keep up with the ever-changing styles, I am glad I did not engage in them. This allowed me to pick out clothing items that I felt comfortable in and to begin developing my own style rather than items that were simply popular at the time.
- Got Comfortable Being Alone
When I started high school, I was entering a school where I knew absolutely nobody. This meant that, particularly during the first year, I was spending a lot of time alone. Though it made some lunches boring, it forced me to be comfortable in my own company and to be independent.
- Graduated Early
My school allowed students to graduate a year early, as long as they obtained the required credits. I ended up doubling up on my course load to graduate early and have never regretted it. School had its ups and downs, but the relief I felt when I was handed my diploma was overwhelming. The teachers and faculty members were actually my primary reasons for leaving early. As much as I love learning, the environment was simply not healthy. It is important to choose what is right for you, not to simply follow what everybody else is doing.
- Took More Than the Required Arts and Physical Education Classes
I decided to continue taking dance, choir, and acting classes beyond the school’s requirements. These classes allowed me to have a break from traditional lecture-based courses throughout my day. Having an allocated time where I got to exercise also helped me both mentally and physically.
- Tried New Clubs
Though many of the clubs ended up being shut down due to lack of student interest, I branched out and tried a few of them. If you are still in high school, I would highly recommend taking advantage of extracurricular clubs while you can. Having the opportunity to meet new people and learn something without the pressure of being graded was a lot of fun.
- Went to Games and Plays
Though I knew little about Football and had never read Shakespeare before, I got tickets to several plays and football games at my school. This is a great way to bond with and support your peers and your school.
- Prioritized Homework
Sometimes homework can seem trivial, but it truly is important. Regardless of how much weight it has on your overall grade, homework is great practice. Never underestimate the power of studying and repetition. This helped me build a strong work ethic that has set helpful habits for me later in life.
- Prioritized Family Time
Making friends and having a social life is important, but do not forget to spend time with your family. I always invited my family to my school functions and made sure I was available for impromptu trips to the pumpkin patch or grocery store. My family has always been a constant in my life and I am glad I didn’t let high school change that.
What do you think is important for students to do in high school? Let me know in the comments!