Tis’ the season for kids to return to school, and for parents to get their sanity back.
This will be the first year, in 16 years, that I am not going back to school! A piece of me is feeling a little nostalgic, while the other part of me is saying “HAHAHAH SUCKERS!!” Never the less, I wish nothing but the best for all our students and scholars in the U.S., as they are our future – so study hard kids!
But, kids that I baby sat are now entering into their High School years, and yes – that does make me feel incredibly old, but also makes me think… “what would I tell my High School self, knowing what I know now?” Here it is:
1.) Don’t work as much –
I’ve been working since I was 14 years old. While in High School I ALWAYS had a job. I wish I could tell myself that I will be spending THE REST OF MY LIFE working, so enjoy the time off now, because you’ll never get that back… well until retirement.
2.) Even the “Cool” kids are weirdos –
I don’t think I was part of the cool kids clique, but since my High School was so small, everyone talked to everyone… by default. I can’t tell you though how many nights I wish I was invited to the hip party, or the popular girls sleepover, but thought I wasn’t cool enough. Well, one magnificent night I was invited to the Volleyball team sleepover, and it was then I realized, “Wow… they are all a bunch of weird people, JUST LIKE ME!!”
So long story short, everyone is weird – not just you!!
3.) Play sports/ get involved –
I can’t tell you enough how much I advocate extra curricular activities. I played Volleyball, and Tennis, along with being on the Student Council. And some of my all time favorite memories from High School are from these 3 activities. I truly feel like it teaches you time management, and social skills. Get involved in your school, chances are they have a club, activity, or team out there that fits your interests. And if they don’t, start one!
4.) There is more to life after High School –
While you’re in High School you feel as if that is all that matters, news flash… it’s not. If you’re not having the best High School experience just remember you basically get to hit the restart button afterwards and shed all the bad memories. When I got to college, no one knew who I was, and I got to start over, and it’s such a liberating feeling.
5.) Be F*&^%$# Nice!
There is NOTHING that is worse than a bully. Don’t be a bully. If it doesn’t feel right, chances are, it’s not. Stand up for yourself, and stand up for those who don’t have the voice to say something for themselves.
I wish the best of luck to all those going through their High School journey! Live it up, have fun, be safe, and study hard!
P.S. – Here’s some of my Senior pictures … wittle Kelli: