Things I wish I knew back when I was in high school
It never hurts to discuss a topic other than academics every now and then. To all the Year 12 students nearing the end of their high school, I wish you all the best. But, before it comes to an end, I’d like to share something with you that may open your eyes to the other experiences your high school experience has to offer.
When I recall my high school experiences, I think of the classes, the friends, and the long hours of study. I remember the excitement on my first day and the sadness on my last. Your high school years are often said to be the best years of your life and, even though I cherish mine, I still think, wonder, and sometimes regret not making the most of it. I remember certain activities my school offered or societies I could have been a part of and realized I should have taken part in them.
Since my graduation, I have learned and discovered things that would have made my high school experience even more memorable. So, if you feel like you aren’t enjoying high school as much as you should, here is some advice I have to offer!
I hope you enjoy.
1. Pick subjects you have an interest in!
When selecting your subjects, don’t let stereotypes or general opinions guide your choice. Don’t be afraid to take a class that not only challenges you but also enjoy. By doing so, you’ll be more willing to try harder on that subject and subsequently do better in it academically as well! Don’t be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone.
2. Take advantage of public speaking opportunities
Something I truly disliked during my high school years was oral assignments. The idea of talking in front of a crowd (even a small one) was extremely uncomfortable and scary to me. I often didn’t attempt to make a good speech at all and would rather just say my piece and get over with it. But it soon dawned on me in by university that being required to publicly speak was never going to end, so I may as well own it. I simply just stopped worrying so much about it. If public speaking was going to be a thing in my life, well, I may as well get used to it.
I practiced at first by speaking in front of an empty room and soon a family member or two, and soon over time I was more comfortable speaking in front of a crowd. University assignments that required an oral presentation from then on didn’t seem so scary to me, in fact, I kind of like it now. You can overcome this too, it just takes a bit of practice.
3. Be open-minded and make new friends
I didn’t have many friends in high school, in fact, I could count them on my one hand, three. I had three friends. I’m not saying have few friends is bad, but looking back I can’t imagine how many more friends and experiences I would have had, had I simply been more open minded to new people.
Talking to people, especially people with different point of views and personalities, is a must to expanding your view of the world. Life rarely rewards stubborn people or at least stubborn people in social situations at least. The next time your around someone you’re not familiar with, don’t be afraid to introduce yourself and have a chat. Life seems so much easier when you’re able to connect with new and old people.
Not because you have to, but because you want to. I wish I had devoted some of my free time as a high school student to a charity or something in the community. It’s so rewarding to be able to make an impact in your community. It also looks great on your resume!
5. Be more in the present
I spent more than half of my high school years worrying about planning my future and what I would do once high school is over but, years later, I realize that I still worry about my future! Now that I am studying at university, I am worrying about what I will do once I graduate and I understand that the only thing worrying truly does is stopping me from appreciating the present moment. Of course, having a general idea of where you are heading is essential, but don’t forget to pay attention to what’s in front of you from time to time.
I hope you found this article helpful and enjoyable! I wish you all the best for the remainder of your high school years.
By Lisa Beaumont
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