When you’re in high school, you think it’ll never end. You think that you’ll be friends with these people for the rest of your life. You think you’ll marry your first love. You think you’ll always have more time.
But the truth is, you probably won’t be friends with these people for much after high school. You probably won’t marry your first love. And you don’t always have more time.
High school is over in a blink of eye, literally. One day you’re walking in a freshmen, and the next you’re walking a senior for the last time. And the last time is just as hard and sad, as the first time. You go to high school for for years, and you think it’ll never end, so you do as little as possible, you just go to school and leave as fast as possible. But then it’s over and you realize you wish you could have done more.
To the girls in high school, let me tell you few things, let me help you out.
- High school, goes incredibly fast. At first it feels like it’ll never end, I know. I was in that place, but I promise it ends. It ends to fast. So while you’re there, enjoy it. Go to the school homecoming game, the homecoming pep-rallies, the homecoming dance, go to all the stupid little things. Because once it’s done, it’s done, and you can’t do it again. Join a club, and be proud to be apart of it. Join band, or choir and enjoy going to the competitions, and the family that comes with it. Try out for the school play, even if you think you suck at acting. Just do everything and anything that you can possible do. Because those are the things you’ll look back on and love.
- Your first love is an amazing thing. You usually fall to fast, and to hard. And let me tell you, your first love, is usually not your last. I feel in love with a guy, and let me tell you, he was my first but he’s not my last. Don’t let that stop you from going off to college, or following a dream. Don’t let having a boyfriend now stop you from living your life to the fullest. Because I promise you’ll regret it. And no matter what they say, or how much they love you, always (ALWAYS) use protection if you’re going to have sex.
- You can say no. You can say no to parties, drinking, sex, anything. You are in no way obligated to do anything you don’t want to do. Thankfully, I never had the experience of a guy trying to force himself on me. Thankfully, when I said no, it was respected. But I had a friend who didn’t. And it killed her. Learn how to protect yourself, learn that saying no isn’t wrong, and learn how to talk to someone trust worthy. Weather it’s your parents, a friend, or a teacher. Have someone that you feel you can talk to. It’s important.
- Remember, you’re young. In high school you’re usually 14 – 18 years old. You are still allowed to ask for help or advice. Don’t think you can carry the whole world. If you need help, ask.
- Have fun! Have so much fun, that you make memories that you’ll never forget. Take photos, and videos, and post them on social media, for the hell of it. Enjoy being able to get away with being young and having fun.
- Life doesn’t revolve around money. I had a job my junior and senior year in high school, and there were more times then not that I end up missing out because I had to work. Having money of your own is nice, but your life shouldn’t revolve around cash. I can’t tell you how many class I feel asleep in because I was so tired from work the nigh before. I can’t tell you how many time I called in because I wanted to go out with my friends. I enjoyed my job, but I always wanted to go out. Remember that working shouldn’t mess with school, first and foremost, but also remember that having a job shouldn’t be the biggest part of your high school life. I look back, and I all I see is the nights I worked. I don’t regret the job I had, because it was very carefree, I made a ton of friends, memories, and I met someone very important to me now, but if I could do it over, I wouldn’t have worked nearly as much as I did.
- Life goes on. Here’s the thing, when they start telling you about taking the SATs and the ACTs, applying for colleges, and visiting them, listen! Listen to them! It is so important that you take that all in. When I was a junior, and they started talking about SATs and ACTs, I was heartbroken, and I let that get to me. I took the SATs and I got an awful score, and then when it was the end of the year, and they were talking about retaking it, I was just starting a new relationship and I let it be. I didn’t really think about it. Of course I was the dumb girl, who though I was going to be with that guy for a lot longer then what happened (we broke up like a month after graduation) and I didn’t apply to a single college. I didn’t look for scholarships, nothing. Because when I started talking about applying to somewhere farther away, it was this big deal. I wish back then, I would have said, “if it’s worth it, it’ll work” because I probably would have been off at college now, had I said or thought that.
- After graduation, people grow up and change. Everyone does this, and it’s not really that they change who they are, but maybe it’s little things. They aren’t who they were in high school, it happens. It just happens
So, if you have learned anything, I’ll give you a recap. It goes by fast, first loves are amazing, saying no is a good thing, ask for help, have fun, life isn’t about money (yet), listen to college talk, and remember that people grow up and change.
Love, Megan Anne
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