In honor of me going into my last year of high school, I though I'd share some lessons that I've learned. Hope some of these can help put things into perspective :)
This is inevitable. As you get older your interests, hobbies, sense of humor, everything, changes along the way. You may drift from friends who you thought you would know your entire life. It just makes room for new friends there are to make. Don't see someone or yourself changing as a bad thing. Think of it as everyone is getting older. Life and experiences shape who you are.
Don't Be Scared To Start A Conversation
I'm usually a shy person and wait for others to come up to me first, but moving around so often has forced me to step out of my comfort zone. Sitting down next to a stranger and striking up a conversation may seem scary and nerve wracking , but that person is probably feeling the same exact way. Saying a simple hello could lead to amazing friendships.
Don't Leave Important Things For The Last Minute
Hello, my name is Procrastination. I'm one of those people who always say "I'll do it tomorrow" or "I have plenty of time to finish it". Guess what? A majority of the time you'll leave it for the last minute and will be rushing to finish the night before. Not only will that make you extremely stressed, your work won't be to its full potential. Instead, work on it a little each day.
Manage Your Time Wisely
Having your priorities straight can make all the difference. Don't go hang out with your friends all day if you know you have a ton of homework to finish by tomorrow. Hang out with your friends another day if it means you can finish everything you need to do. If you have practice, try to get your work done before. That way when you come home later on you can relax and not have to worry about finishing that worksheet or studying for that test.
Forgive and Forget
Holding grudges and being mad at someone can be extremely exhausting. There's always going to be drama no matter how hard you try to avoid it. It might not be with you, but it could be with two close friends and you end up in the middle of it anyway. Just stop and think, Is what you're mad about going to matter in a day? A week? A month? If not, try to move past it and not waste so much energy on the little things.
Don't Drop Friends For A Crush
You shouldn't have to choose between your friends and the person you like. Whether you guys are dating or just talking, you need to find a balance between them and your friends. If you have plans, stick to them. Relationships and crushes come and go, but your friends are the ones who will be there to pick up the pieces whenever you get hurt.
Stay On Your Teacher's Good Side
No matter how much you dislike that one certain teacher, stay respectful! It's better to stay on their good side because if you need something you know you can go to them. As soon as a teacher sees you as a troublemaker, everything you do will be wrong in their eyes. Of course this doesn't apply to every teacher, but we've all had one that does this. Sucking up to someone and being respectful are two different things, just remember that ;)
Is there anything important that you've learned from school?