High school is a difficult stage for teenagers because it is time where they grow up into adults and transition into the real world. There are many challenges teenagers have to go through to find themselves their own place. We all want to be normal like others, but of course, normal is overrated. Rather, be unique and find yourself. Be original and handle things on your own term. Here are some tips on how to survive high school and get the most experience out of it.
1. Avoid being part of the bandwagon. Or in simpler words, just don’t be a part of the “groups” you don’t feel right in. Better to have your own group or yourself than put on a fake persona.
2. Staying true to yourself is probably the best option because you will be less likely to be influence by people. Although sometimes it’s okay to be influenced by the people you trust, it’s not wise to blindly follow others. Be wise about your situation and think of the ways you would handle it.
3. Don’t worried about other people you do not know. Just worry about yourself and important people in your life. Why waste time on them? It’s your time you are losing, not theirs. So just focus on yourself and education.
4. Stay out of drama! Don’t get involved in things you are not involve yourself. It is a lot easier for you to avoid trash talk, gossip, and rumors. Besides, it does not make you feel good about yourself or anyone.
5. Try to be nice to everyone as much as possible. Of course, if someone is being disrespectful to you it is a lot quicker for you to tell a teacher than start a fight. in the end, you will only get into more trouble trying to defend your pride. So it would be better for you to avoid confrontations.
6. Get your education done first before worrying about your allowance. Arguably it is not a wise decision because there are not many jobs that pay high school students well. We all know that we want spending money for certain things, but it can wait. If you want a job, it is better to get a part time job than drop out of high school.
7. Make and stay connected to your friends. You want to have some good friends while high school that will support you as you support them. Do not bother making friends with people you do not like. It’ll only result in situations where you would not want to be.
8. If you can, avoid being in a relationship from a young age. Dating is fun, but it is not necessary for you to have one. Just because other people have it, it does not mean you need to. Relationships can either be good or bad for high school students. So just be careful and aware of your relationship. Do not let it influence you to make bad decisions, etc. Here some things to avoid while dating in high school:
- Unprotected Sex
- Abusive partner
- Spending too much time on your partner
- Staying out past your curfew (whether it’s your house rule or the legal curfew) with your partner
9. Don’t do drugs/smoke/unprotected sex if you can by the time you graduate. Although people and the media make it seem like you have to do all these crazy things in order to have fun while in high school; it’s not true. Avoid these things that will dramatically affect your future. If you want to smoke, wait till you’re eighteen then you’ll be responsible for your own health. If you want to have intercourse, be and stay protected no matter if it’s through condoms, pills, or shots, etc. For drugs, it is probably wise to stay away from it forever. It is not hard, just don’t let other teen’s influence you.
10. Stop being so materialistic. Now that means stop worrying about how much things you got. Do not stress about how you need this and that. Your life should not be measured by your insignificant objects and surroundings. Even though you may not have much like other people, you need to appreciate the things you do have. There are a lot of kids out there who would love to be in your place so don’t take yourself for granted.
11. Make sure you pass all your classes! Now, the main point of going to high school is to graduate with a high school diploma. Don’t stop trying till you get all your credits in then you can be less serious about it. Sure, you might have a tough time in some classes and fail others. But that does not mean you cannot make it up. Just be ready to be responsible for your own grades.
12. Join clubs/activities/plays/games/etc, that will keep you involve in high school. Find something you want to do whether its sport, at, music, a instrument, etc., and join a group that is a representative of our school. You don’t have to if you don’t want, but it’ll get you to have more opportunities.
13. Build connections with your teachers/coaches/colleagues! This will help you get recommendation letters for scholarships and colleges. It is important for you to have evidences to show that you are a good and dedicated student.
14. Develop your writing skills! You want to be college level ready for writing your essays for scholarships/colleges/projects. If you do decide to further your education, you will need to learn how to improve your writing for college. Therefore, it is wise to try to do so throughout your high school.
15. All in all, enjoy and make the most fun of your high school years. Although it may be stressful, believe in that you’ll be able to make it! Preservation, determination, and faith in yourself will get you far past high school. Good luck!