Making the Most of your High School Experience

By Adithy Hassan

“Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.”- Steve Maraboll

Even though I’m not in High School yet, I’m sure you would agree with me that making the best of your 4-year experience is an integral part of your entire future. Here’s a few tips to help you regardless of whether you have a year left or the entire 4 years of High School to live through.

1. Have fun: Even though most people seem to disagree with me, there’s ALWAYS time for fun. You can have what feels like a ton of homework and still be able to manage your time to fit in certain activities that can aid in your overall well being. Spending a few hours a week outside of school with your friends can give you the break you deserve.

2. Get Involved: Join as many clubs as you possibly can. You never know what you don’t try. But keep in mind, you don’t want to overwhelm yourself either. Don’t join a club for the purpose of a joining one or you think it will look good on your college application, but rather because you enjoy it or you simply want to try something new. Join that team sport you always anticipated to be a part of, but you were too afraid to. Consider asking a few of your friends if they would be willing to join a club or sport with you. This can help you feel more motivated and incorporate even more fun into your life. But don’t fret if you can’t find anyone, you’re sure to find someone in the same position as you. Speaking from experience, you will definitely not regret it.

3. Work hard: At the end of the day, it’s the work ethic and effort you’re willing to put into the tasks you’re given that matters. This will most likely stay consistent in the way you fix problems as you progress through life. Go above and beyond what you’re expected to accomplish. Keep in mind, working hard and tiring yourself out aren’t the same thing. Stay aware of your limits.

4. Stop procrastinating!: I think this is a big one for all of us, but stop waiting till the last minute to turn in your assignments! Get off your phone, turn off the TV, and focus on the task you are given. After you are done, you feel more accomplished, less stress, and leave yourself more time to relax (instead of trying to hide your phone from your parents when they walk into the room). I know there are so many other activities you would rather be performing, but make it a point to prove it to yourself that you can handle any hurdle thrown your way.

5. Show school pride: Grab all of your friends and head out to as many school events as possible. Your high school experience is only as great as you make it. Make the most of the opportunities you have to get closer to more people and keep memories forever. Sports games aren’t the end, you’ve got fundraisers, dances and many more events just waiting for you to attend. You don’t have to be part of the hype squad or a cheerleader to let everyone know which team you’re rooting for.

6. Take risks: Tell your crush you’ve liked him for the past 4 years. Sit with a new group of friends at lunch once in a while. Wear your boldest statement piece. Tutor someone in your class who might be struggling with a subject. Ask questions when you have them. Raise your hand higher. The options are endless.

I hope you found these tips helpful in aiding towards a better High School experience. Till next week, XOXO Adithy.

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