Does anyone remember Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide?? Welcome to my back-to-school series on the blog! Throughout the next few weeks, I’ll be posting LOTS to help you get ready for the new school year, which is something I know stresses out most of us. This year, with a full plate of AP classes, extracurriculars, clubs, and potentially a part-time job, I know it’s going to be an intense year. That’s why I’m giving you my honest advice, beacause trust me, I need it just as badly as you do!
Don’t be afraid to take an intense course load! Time management is key when choosing your classes; it is entirely possible to have a full day of honors/AP classes and still have a social life. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself with difficult classes, but make sure that you know your own personal limit. If you’re struggling to make it through a class, take a look at the positives, negatives, and reconsider.
Get to know your teacher this year. Teachers love making connections with students, and if you have a personal connection with them, your class will become more enjoyable, seem to go faster, and seem much easier.
Use electives as your “getaway” from your academic classes. Electives are an opportunity to explore something you love doing, and to get a break from a rigorous schedule. Don’t be afraid to try new electives from year to year to find something you like! Who knows? Maybe one of your electives will inspire a future college major!
Alright, when I entered my freshman year I didn’t believe the common advice, “your friends won’t stay the same in high school”. Wow, I was wrong. This doesn’t mean that every friendship ends in a huge fight or disagreement; people just come and go. That’s how life is! There’s no need to panic when a friend stops talking to you or seems distant after a few months. Friends will come in and out of your life just like other opportunities. Take advantage of the fact you’re in a huge place with plenty of people you don’t know.
Don’t date until you can drive, period. That’s honestly the best advice I could ever give! Also, something that’s really healthy and I’ve seen plenty of high school students do is keep it off of social media. Keeping your relationship as something that is only recognizable in person is amazing and helps you grow closer. Keeping your relationship off of social media is one of the best decisions you can make for a long-lasting relationship.
This is a huge regret of mine- not attending enough sports games. My freshman year, I was too busy with rehearsals, and my sophomore year, I was always making excuses. Going to games with friends are fun! If I could go back, that’s one thing I’d be sure to do more of. Don’t disqualify yourself from life’s opportunities, seriously! For school dances, try them out at least once before you decide to never go forever. If you find you don’t like it after one year, maybe throw a movie night instead the next year! Find something to do to have fun with your friends, it’ll be worth it.
There is so much more that I could tell you, but I don’t have the words for it, and I doubt you’d want to read a novel on school. There are so many things that I’ve learned in these two years. If you have any questions or specific requests, never hesitate to let me know! I’d love to share with you! Until next time!