High School: How to Make it Out Alive
Two words: high school. We're all either in it or have been through it. As we all know, it can be super stressful with the hours of work brought on by several different classes. Not to mention the stress of finding yourself, losing friends, and the ever present anxiety for the future. High school can be tough, but with the right tips you should be able to make it out alive.
- Stay organized! Okay, I know this one is cliché, but hear me out. Organization is key for making high school as stress-free as possible. Staying organized is not as daunting as it seems; it's quite easy, actually. For example, get a folder and a notebook for each class. This makes it much easier to find the assignment you need; plus, when you need to go back to study, you know where all of your notes are! Also, it's a good idea to get a planner and commit to it. Write important dates, like tests and quizzes, and write your homework for each night. Trust me, you'll feel a sense of accomplishment when you get to cross off work you've completed!
Get involved. Whether it be in a club or sport, just get involved! Not only will it make you look forward to coming to school, but you'll meet tons of cool people with similar interests. Being involved in extracurricular activities changes your entire experience in school because, instead of doing the bare minimum of just coming to school, you're actually leaving your mark on your school and making it yours. This is my #1 tip for making new friends as well!
Respect your teachers. Okay, okay I know that some teachers are just unnecessarily mean, but try your best to be respectful. Listen to your teachers when they're talking and complete the work they assign; just a little bit of respect goes a long way. Just remember that when teachers are finalizing grades, they will bump borderline grades up for the students they think deserve it. Be one of those students! Also, when it comes time for teachers to write recommendation letters, they'll be more inclined to write you a good recommendation if you showed them respect. (Even if you didn't have the best grades!)
- Steer clear of negative people! You're a bundle of sunshine and you don't need negative people raining on your parade! Misery likes company, and let me tell you, they will stop at nothing to make you as miserable as they are. Don't get me wrong, don't drop your friends the minute they feel sad. Sadness is only temporary, it's a natural emotion that we all experience. The negative people I'm talking about are the ones that constantly tear you down and constantly look on the darker side of things. With all the stress of school work, your friends shouldn't be another source of stress.
Good luck! And remember, high school isn't forever and it IS manageable