34 Things I Wish I Knew in High School

  1. High school years are NOT the best years of your life. Don’t let people convince you otherwise.
  2. Take advantage of your FREE education with teachers who care. Soon you’ll be paying big bucks to learn about the world, so this free knowledge gig you’ve got going on is pretty dope if you ask me.
  3. Anyone who says terrible things to you about people they supposedly care about is not to be trusted. They’re doing the same thing to you when you’re not around. Leave them in the past.
  4. The pressure you feel to date someone is sooooo bogus. You may feel like a loser for not having a significant other, but you will be thankful that you didn’t waste your time and energy on a dead-end relationship that was only ever just a means of increasing your social status.
  5. Your mom and dad can spot a fake friend from a mile away. Listen to them!
  6. Enjoy your awesome metabolism while it lasts. A good majority of you will get the freshman 15 — it’s inevitable.
  7. Don’t worry about things that don’t matter. It’s a big world. There are plenty of other, more pressing issues that are worth your worry.
  8. Get a job in high school. You’re going to need money — and a lot of it — real soon. Start saving while you don’t have to spend it on groceries.
  9. Quality over quantity, always. Read that again.
  10. 90% of the friendships you think you’ll have forever will fade faster than you think they will. You’ll try to hold on to people who once were a huge part of your life, but now seem like a stranger. And that’s okay. It means you’ve grown up.
  11. True friends are hard to come by. If you’ve found one, let them know you cherish them.
  12. Don’t evaluate people on what they say, but on what they do.
  13. Get Involved. It’s waaaayyyyy easier to do in high school than it is in college.
  14. You will NEVER see most of these people again. A few of them you’ll miss. Most of them you won’t. And good riddance.
  15. Three simple rules will explain 99% of human behavior. 1) Most people don’t think. 2) Some people are just jerks. 3) Everyone is selling something.
  16. Explore your interests and hobbies. It could lead you to an awesome career.
  17. Prom is not the “best night of your life.” But go anyway.
  18. Go to every football game and school dance. You may think they’re lame, but some of your best memories will be made here.
  19. The cute boy that all the girls obsess over is going to be a beer-guzzling frat boy in 4 years. Sis, you don’t need him.
  20. Remember that people are always in a storm, coming out of one, or getting ready to fight one.
  21. Your money will return, your time won’t. Spend some of your money doing dumb things with your friends. This is the last time you’ll be free of major financial worries.
  22. Don’t be afraid to talk to new people. You’ll be expected to be sociable once you go away to college or join the workforce.
  23. Stop speeding, especially on turns. Also, stop at stop signs.
  24. Wear whatever the hell you want, and stop caring what other people think about it. In 5-ish years, you’ll be disgusted at everything you and your friends wore, no matter what it was. So you might as well go wild.
  25. Most people don’t even notice your “flaws” because they’re too concerned with their own.
  26. Social media depression is REAL. Remember, people only post about the happy things in their lives. Not everyone’s life is that great.
  27. Break the rules and push boundaries. But stay safe.
  28. Take pictures. Your future self will thank you.
  29. Never pass up an opportunity to spend time with those you love. That sleepover with a friend or family dinner you don’t feel like going to is probably going to be more fruitful than you think.
  30. Have school spirit. And don’t be embarrassed to show it.
  31. There’s a reason the bully you dread crossing paths with is the way he is. Never let the bastards get you down. Brush it off.
  32. No one knows anything. Not even you. Not even teachers. Parents. Siblings….
  33. If you’re fortunate enough to have the option to go away for college, do it. Your home town will always be there. This opportunity may not be.
  34. If you’re loving high school, hold on because it goes by fast. If you’re not loving high school, hold on because it goes by fast.

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Laura Beuseling

Laura Beuseling

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Laura is a 2019 college graduate and aspiring content writer. She loves 2015 Taylor Swift, sunset walks, disco dancing, and smiling at strangers.