Let’s talk about High School!
Whether you’re a middle schooler trying to prepare yourself for the road ahead or a parent trying to prepare your child, you’d probably like a student’s take on this subject. So here I am with things I wish I would’ve known about high school!
1.) High School is a lot of work. Okay, look – I don’t want to scare you. I just want to give you a heads up that high school is definitely a one-up from middle school, and the adjustment is easier if you get the gist of that. I wish someone in high school would have explained to me during my middle school career that high school is not as easy as you might guess, because it would have made me think more about what I was doing to change my study habits, etc. High School is a lot of work, but you can better-prepare yourself for the road ahead by keeping that in mind.
2.) Your grades matter. Not that grades don’t matter in middle school, but colleges will really pay attention to your high school grades. I heard this one allllll the time in middle school, which did help me gain some prospective, but it’s not truly real until you’re down to a C in Biology and report cards are just around the corner. Grades don’t have to be a scary power looming over you, but it’s really important to know your grades can affect your future, so make sure you stay on top of ’em!
3.) People expect you to know what you’re doing. That whole feeling like everyone treats you like you’re five will periodically go away once you’re high-school age. Instead, you’ll be expected to know what you’re doing, both in school and later in life. It’s going to feel really frustrating/annoying/irrelevant at times. You don’t have to know exactly what you’re going to be in life yet, although it’s something to think about. Sometimes you’ll feel incapable and small when you’re not sure what to say or do, but it’s going to be okay. You will learn a lot from being challenged by people, and always remember you’re smarter than you think!
4.) The opportunities are endless. Although you don’t have to know exactly what you want to be in the future, high school is full of opportunities for you to find out. I’m not sure that I really understood this concept until I was in high school, but it’s a perk that I’ve fallen in love with. You have the chance to be whatever you’d like in life if you’re willing to work for it, and opportunities to dabble in a little of everything will better your aspirations! I love this aspect of being in high school, and I’m sure you will, too.
5.) This is a monumental time in your life! Setting aside all of your fears for high school you may have, remember – this is a time for you to learn about yourself, to become who you are meant to be, and to really test your abilities. It’s okay to be nervous about your future, but God will always put you in the right direction. The best thing you can do for yourself is to trust in God and to remember that you’ve got this. High school may not be the easiest, but it’s definitely exciting. Stay hopeful and always trust God’s plan for your life!
Did you think of anything you wish someone would have told you before high school? Sound off in the comments and let me know.. You never know, I could do something crazy and write a part 2! If you like what I’m all about, then maybe you’ll join my email list.. and if you want to see more things like this, be sure to let me know!