Tuesday, August 16, 2016

| TEACHING TUESDAY | BACK TO SCHOOL | 10 Bits Of Advice For A Better High School Experience!

Is it really that time of year again? It feels like summer just started, but it appears it's ending. Well, for some it already ended, isn't it strange how the school year begins at different times across the country? I'm from New York and schools in my area don't start until the beginning of September. When does your school year begin?
Now I'm not in high school anymore, I graduated four years ago, which is crazy but I figured I'd share with you ten things I learned in high school and some I learned after.

1. Be nice to your teachers. 
Your teachers are there to help you, it's their job. Don't give them a hard time, their job is tough enough and trust me when I say this, you'll miss even the teacher you hated the most once you graduate. 

2. Be prepared when you show up at school.
All you really need is something to write with and something to write on, (I mean, obviously you probably need more), but as long as you have a pen and a notebook you'll be ready to take notes.

3. Participate in extra-curricular activities.
Now, I personally never did this. At the time I had no interest in any clubs or sports but looking back, I wish I did. Some schools offer so many fun clubs and activities where you can meet new friends and develop a life long hobby. If you're a huge sports person, try out for a team! Keep in mind, that colleges like to see extra-curricular participation also!

4. Make friends.
Unfortunately for me, I'm rarely in contact with anyone I was friends with in high school. Mainly because I'm not friends with these people anymore, but that's another story for another day. However, don't let that discourage you from making friends in high school. I know plenty of people who met their best friends while in high school and their relationships are awesome. Talk to the people who sit next to you in class or people in the same clubs as you, chances are they want to make new friends too.

5. Don't worry about mean people.
It's easy to feel like high school is your whole life while in high school, but it's not at all. All the people who pick on you, bully you, or are just straight up mean to you won't matter much once you graduate. You'll either never see them again or you'll be so busy with your awesome life, you won't be paying them much attention. Trust me on this one.

6. Don't be the mean person.
No one likes mean people, it's a fact. Don't pick on other people for any reason, you don't know what they're going through. Plus, you don't want to be remembered as the mean one.

7. Ladies, come prepared!
By prepared I mean, bring extra tampons or pads. You never know when your period might strike, and you don't want to be stuck using the thick pads from the nurses office. It's also great to have in case any other girls need one.

8. If you're having any problems, ask for help.
There are so many people at school who can help you with various things. If you don't like your schedule, see if you can change it. If someone is bullying you talk to a teacher or counselor. Don't be afraid to speak up!

9. Don't worry if you don't know what you want to do once you graduate.
The thing I hated the most about high school is how hard they push the whole "you're 15,16, 17, 18, now decide what you want to do with the rest of your life" thing. I changed my mind about my future a million times in high school, I still have no clue what I want to do exactly and that's okay. Part of high school is finding yourself as a whole, they can't expect you to figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life as well.
Another thing to keep in mind is, college isn't the only way to go. High school counselors are always pushing that as well, but college isn't for everyone. Look at trade schools that offer certificates in careers that only take two years, another thing to look into is trade unions. They usually don't require more than a high school education and they even put you through their own schooling to help learn the trade better, plus many offer crazy high pay. You know what's best for you, so don't worry too much about not taking the conventional route if you choose not to.

10. Enjoy it while you can.
They always say high school goes really fast and they're right. Those four years fly by, so don't worry about the drama and the rumors. Enjoy spending time with your friends and enjoy having limited responsibilities while you can, because once you graduate you'll miss it.

I hope you enjoyed some of the advice I've given you. It's a lot of stuff most people won't tell you, but it's all worth knowing. Let me know if you have any back to school tips in the comments! 

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