I have spent four years of my life walking the halls of LHS. Some of my favorite memories took place here, as well as some of my most challenging experiences. High school has proven to be quite the learning experience. From relationships (and failed ones) to car accidents and achievements, my time here has been worthwhile. However, I wish I would’ve had someone hand me a “High School How-To Guide” because I sure could have benefited from it! So here you go, guys: my final thoughts and lessons learned from my trials and errors.
First of all, it’s very important to get involved while you’re in school. Four years is a long time to just spend coming to school and doing work, with nothing to look forward to afterwards. Plus, certain activities even get you out of school for the day! By being active and involved, you will make friends, take trips and make memories that will last much longer than high school.
Another lesson I’ve learned is to pick your battles wisely. Having a short temper can get you into trouble, and you need to be smart about who you choose to argue with. On the same note, don’t let people — or teachers — take advantage of you. If you believe that you’ve be wronged or treated unfairly, talk to someone about it! Nothing gets solved by pretending that your problems don’t exist.
There are also small things that you can do that help make your days, as well as your classmates’ days, a little more enjoyable. Try smiling at someone in the hallway, or say hi to that person in the empty hallway that you are awkwardly stuck walking past. This may sound cheesy, but I promise, it won’t go unnoticed. Being friendly automatically puts you in a better mood.
This one is important: make friends with the office administration! Even though this might be intimidating because they are adults and typically we avoid as much interaction with them as possible, this can pay off later. They won’t make you throw away your outside beverage, for instance. Also, they’re a wealth of knowledge on the happenings in our school and can be very helpful if you ever have questions.
My last advice to you is this, take advantage of high school and actually put in some effort. By getting decent grades and having a good reputation, you are setting yourself up for success post-high school. This may not sound like fun now, but when scholarship time rolls around, you’re trying to get into that school, or you’re trying to be hired for your dream job, a track record of hard work will take you far. I’m not saying you have to get straight A’s, but set realistic goals and push yourself to your limits. It’s really not that hard.
I hope you can relate to some of these things, and that at least one of them you can take to heart. High school doesn’t have to be a black hole of work, early mornings and no fun. If you give it a shot and open yourself up to the possibilities it has to offer, you will find yourself flying through your time here, and you may even miss it.