High school can be a fun, brilliant time of your life as you’re making great life long friends and discovering who you are as a person. But high school can also be so absolutely traumatizing and horrible at times. But, for some reason adults always tell us that they’re the best years of our lives.
Over the past 6 years I’ve gone to school at the same school with mostly the same people. Throughout those years I’ve learnt a few things.
1. This is NOT high school musical. I know, I’m sorry kids, but it’s the harsh reality. High school is in no way as fun as the Winter Musical at East High with Troy and Gabriella singing ‘Breaking Free’ to the entire school cohort. It’s not getting a summer job together at a resort and becoming great friends after singing about the status quo. No. There is a lot of bitching, there is a lot of backstabbing and there is a hell of a lot of friendships ending. Sure enough not everyone is your cup of tea and vise versa but throughout high school you’re bound to lose and gain some friends. This isn’t always a bad thing though so try to look at it from a different perspective.
2. Homework can be hard. High school doesn’t always mean all work and no play but during your years there it’s more than likely that there is going to be a time when it all just gets too much and the world seems impossible. This is the time when you need your best friends to go out on the town (or if you’re under 18, stay at home and rewatch HSM approximately 46 times) and have some fun. If you find your homework is getting too much try talking to your teachers or the student wellbeing representative at your school to see what you can do.
3. Take advantage of the school counselor. This year I’ve seen my school counselor every week since the start if term 2 and I really wish I’d seen her sooner. She is the loveliest person I’ve ever met and it really helps to talk everything out and to view things from every position. It doesn’t even matter if nothing serious has happened, there’s always something that you can discuss with a trained professional. If your school counselor isn’t this helpful then don’t fret as there are plenty of free counseling services, especially for teens. Try checking out BeyondBlue or KidsHelpLine.
4. Don’t bother fighting the uniform requirements. It’s honestly not worth the time and energy. At my school the uniform is very important for our education (apparently I can’t learn if I have 2 earrings in one ear or I don’t have my hair tied up) and I ended up giving up trying to fight it. It’s just too annoying to constantly have to worry about being told off when I can avoid that and just follow the stupid rules.
5. Try not to let a break up get to you. Relationships in high school very rarely last. In saying that, there’s a couple in my year who got together in year 7 and they’re still going strong but majority of the time the relationships end. But that’s completely fine as you’re finding your own path and exploring what you like and don’t like in a boyfriend/girlfriend. However, if you do experience a break up, make sure you talk to your friends about how you feel and don’t bottle it up because that is definitely not going to make you feel any better. Always forgive even if you can’t forget.
6. Allow yourself some ‘me’ time. With school, social commitments, working, family and everything in between, it can be hard to find time to relax by yourself. Try taking a bath or doing a meditation session at home or even give yoga a go. Anything that really calms and relaxes you is good to do, especially when you’re stressed.
7. SLEEP IS YOUR BEST FRIEND. Whether it be a nap or a 9 hour sleep, it’s all very refreshing for your mind. Don’t let yourself become sleep deprived or build up a lot of sleep debt because this is bad for both your mental and physical self. There are too many teens not getting enough sleep due to things like tv and youtube (guilty) and end up not being able to concentrate in class. Make sure you get at least 8 hours sleep per night! It is so essential to your wellbeing in more ways than one.
8. Friendships can last forever. Sure, you win some, you lose some. But some of those wins are going to stay with you for the rest of your life. These people are the positive people around you that make you feel at your best and that love you to pieces. NEVER LET THEM GO! Make sure you sing Ed Sheeran songs together in your 70’s while your grandchildren judge you with their iPhone 57’s. Keep these people close because they are your best friends and while sometimes you might fight, you know that no matter what you’ll always be there for each other. One of my best friends I have been friends with for 6 years ever since she had to scrub a snail off my back in the art room in year 7. (Long story short, another friend of mine threw it at my back). Love these people with everything you are because they’re worth it.
There you have it, my biggest lessons that I’ve learnt from High School. I hope you enjoyed this post today! Thanks for reading 🙂 x