This is probably one of the most important lessons I wish I knew before high school. I did so many activities either out of obligation, demands by people around me, or because of some other motivation that was not my own personal desire. Had I followed my own interests and passions, I would have found what I love much earlier and I would have been much happier. Dance is something that is very important to me but I never fully committed to it until high school. I would give anything to have started earlier.
It may be hard, but it is completely okay and sometimes better to let friendships dwindle. Not every friendship was meant to work out and spending time finding new friends who want the best for you may actually be the best thing to do. Letting go is hard, but it can pay off.
I know I personally was often intimidated to talk to teachers or communicate with them if I was struggling in their class. Teachers are real people. They went through high school, the academic struggles and social issues of high school just like you did. In fact, they came out the other side successful and who knows, you may just gain a few helpful tips from talking to them.
I went to a very competitive high school and everyday was often filled with academic and social stress. Because you are surrounded by incredibly intelligent, personable, and talented individuals, it is easy to feel like a small fish in a big sea. Remember not to compare yourself with others but only with yourself. Put your well-being as a top priority. When you’re feeling stressed, make sure you have a healthy way of relieving your stress, be it exercise, going outside, or talking to friends. No grade or assignment is worth the stress!
This is by far the most important thing to keep in mind. High school is a time unlike any other, where you are learning to become independent, but with the support of family and friends still directly within reach. Take advantage of this and don’t forget to be a kid once in a while. Laugh a lot, be silly, and make new memories. Make your high school experience an adventure you will look back at fondly.