As much of a perfectionist as I am, I’ve made quite a few mistakes during my two years in high school. Now that I’m halfway through, I’ve learned an insane amount from those mistakes. If I could give all of you my best advice, this would be it. These are all things I regret and I wish I could go back and change… they may not seem like big things, but they’re certainly things I already recognize I missed out on! I figured I’d also revamp these to turn them into goals at the end of each! So, without futher ado:
I’ve been to 3 sports games in 2 years of high school.
Oh goodness, I regret this one. This is probably my biggest regret in high school so far. Throughout two entire years of high school, I’ve only been to three games- two homecoming football games and part of a baseball game. I’ve never been a sports person… I’ve always been invested in the arts and not the biggest fan of watching a bunch of guys or gals run around a field (I still love you and have the utmost respect for you, athletes). I seriously regret this!! Even if you don’t necessarily go to a camp to watch the entire time, the time with your friends is priceless. I definitely regret not supporting my friends at more of their games and getting to watch them kill it on the field or the court or at the pool. Even if you don’t consider yourself athletic at all, get out of the house and go to some of those games!
This Year: I will go to at least 5. I know this seems silly to most people, but for me, this at least seems doable.
Freshman year, I never gave myself a break to hang out with my friends.
I have so many people come to me and ask for my advice on this one. Picture this- you’re in your room doing homework on a Sunday night and you get a phone call from your friends asking to hang out. You haven’t been around your friends in weeks, but you’re on the brink of finishing an assignment that’s due Tuesday. Take the night off. I learned this the hard way. I’d always push off plans, miss out on fun with my friends, and then regret not taking a 3-4 hour break to hang out with them. I still would’ve finished my assignment on time, but I let my stress stop me. Don’t ever hesitate to take a reasonable break to spend some time with the people you care about.
This year: I’ll host consistent game/movie nights for my friends at least once a month.
My freshman year, I was offered the opportunity to be in two choirs if I took an online class. For those of you that know me personally, you know that choir holds a huge part of my heart. I chickened out of taking an online class and decided to give up one of the choirs. I regretted this so badly about halfway through my sophomore year. For a mere additional hour of work a day, I could’ve been doing what I loved. Again, don’t let your stress get in the way of what you love.
This Year: I’m taking an online history class to make time in my schedule for another choir!
I actually cared about my appearance!
Girls- this is a big one, usually for y’all. My freshman year, I actually cared what I looked like every day for probably the first month or two of school. Don’t be afraid to take an extra hour or two of sleep in the morning so that you don’t have to get ready. Be comfortable! In a few years, you won’t really care if you were the best dressed in high school. Sleep is better.
This Year: Eh, I don’t really know for this one. I gave up on looking good at school a long time ago.
Y’all. High school is short and one of the most influential periods of your life. It’s a great time to grow, to learn, and to find out more about yourself. Don’t do anything dumb that you’ll regret. Take time to yourself, take care of yourself, spend time with your friends, and push yourself to do as much as you can. You can do it! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to let me know, I’ll be glad to help!