Things I Learned During High School

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It’s the end of the school year, and I’m done with high school for good!  I’ve been through a lot in the past four years, and I thought a good way to celebrate graduating would be to tell you all some things I’ve learned during my time as a high school student.

Just a disclaimer before we start.  These are more life lessons rather than specifically things to do with school.  I was homeschooled during high school, so I can’t give you a ton of advice about things to do with teachers, overwhelming homework, etc.  But, the things I’m going to talk about in this post will apply to pretty much anyone and are important things to learn in your life!

With all of that said, here are the things I learned during high school!

  • Judging other people not only harms them, but it harms you.  Keep an open mind, and try to remember that just because someone is different from you or has a different opinion than you doesn’t mean they’re wrong.
  • You become like the people you’re close to, so be aware of who you call your friends.
  • Surround yourself with kind and caring people that speak kindly to you, because others’ actions and words to you do affect you.
  • Your worth isn’t dependent on your grades, popularity, how you dress, what colleges you get into, etc.  You are worthy just as you are.
  • It takes courage to truly be yourself, but it’s so much better than trying to be something you’re not.
  • It’s better to have a couple of friends you know you can depend on rather than many acquaintances that you can’t.
  • People won’t always tell you when they’re going through something difficult, even if they’re close to you.  Never assume that someone’s life is the way that it looks on the outside.  They may be fighting a battle that you have no clue about.
  • Sometimes people change.  It’s okay to outgrow someone.  It’s also okay for someone else to change in a way that doesn’t fit with what you’re looking for in a friend.
  • It’s okay to ask for help!
  • Work hard, but make sure you take care of yourself, too.  Self care isn’t lazy or selfish.
  • At the end of the day, popularity doesn’t matter.  It doesn’t make you happier, and no one will truly care about how many friends you had in high school.
  • You’re not going to like everyone you meet, and that’s okay.
  • All you can do is to try your best.  If you’ve done that, then you’ve done enough.
  • Do the things you’re passionate about!  Now is the time to explore them.
  • On the other hand, it’s okay to not know what your interests are and what you want to do in the future.  You have your entire life ahead of you to figure that out!
  • You don’t owe anyone anything.  If you realize someone is really negative and dragging you down, you can cut them out of your life.  Just make sure you’re not mean about it!
  • Don’t let the fact that something scares you keep you from doing it!  Sometimes the best experiences are the ones that happen when you do something you’re afraid of.
  • People put a lot of value on romantic relationships in high school, but they really don’t matter that much.  They’re not nearly as life-or-death as they may seem.  Just do what you feel comfortable with.
  • It’s okay to spend time on your appearance.  It doesn’t make you vain or shallow!  Liking to do your makeup and hair is a great thing, and spending time putting together outfits that you like is wonderful!  Making yourself feel good on the outside can lead to feeling happy and confident on the inside, so keep doing you!
  • Last but certainly not least, stand up for yourself.  Believe in yourself.  Don’t listen when someone tries to tell you you’re not good enough.  Because they’re wrong.  You are more than enough.  And you don’t need to change who you are at all.

Those are some of the things that I learned during the past four years!  Let me know if there’s anything you learned that wasn’t on this list.

Thanks for reading!

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