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How To Survive High School + High School Advice - Shreya Sachdev

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all having a nice day. For today’s blog post, I thought I would tell you guys all about how you can survive high school and just give some general tips and advice on how to manage the social aspect of high school with the academic aspect of it. I would always watch “High School Advice” and “How To Survive High School” videos on Youtube during these summers before school started so I thought it would be really fun to write this post. As most of you know, I had my high school graduation in June and I am now getting ready for college which will begin in September. I know from personal experience that whilst high school can be a really fun and exciting experience, it can also be kind of difficult sometimes as well as challenging to navigate through. I remember that when I was in middle school, I would watch so many movies and television shows based on high school and I couldn’t wait to finally start high school. Thus, as a freshman I was excited but I was also scared since I was in a completely new class with new people. I think I can safely say that I’ve changed a lot over my four years of high school and that senior year me is definitely not the same person freshman year me was. I don’t want this post to be about my own experience with high school or me reflecting on high school, because I think I would rather reflect on high school sometime in the future when years and years have gone by and I can kind of properly look back on it and see how I feel about it. For now, I’m just going to be talking about how to survive high school and giving some general tips and advice. If you have currently just finished college, then please let me know how I can survive college because I’m really going to need that list! Without further ado, let’s get started.

  1. Be Kind To Everyone: My first piece of advice is just to be kind to everyone. It doesn’t matter who the people in your high school are, how much money they have, where they come from, what their religions are, what skin color they are, what their beliefs are, what they want to study, etc. If you respect everyone around you and you’re always kind to everyone around you, then you will stay on good terms with everyone and you will be treated with that same type of kindness and respect. When I say that you should be kind to everyone, I don’t mean that you should let people walk all over you and use you, but you should still be the kind of person who smiles at people in the hallways, who always invites other people to join your groups in class, and the kind of person who randomly hands out compliments. Again, I don’t want to reflect on my own experience in school right now but I will say that “being mean” was something that was more common in middle school, but once you get to high school it kind of disappears since people are slowly becoming more mature and nicer. Overall, just be kind to everyone because it will not only make the other person feel amazing but will make you feel amazing too.

  2. Don’t Take Things Too Seriously: Honestly, if there’s one piece of advice that you want to take away from this list then it should be this one. This is the best piece of high school advice that I could give to anyone. High school is just four years of your life, and you can’t let moments in high school that make you feel upset or make you feel bad about yourself get too deep into your head. Remember, you’re at school to get an education and what you should be focusing on in school is academics and learning. You can’t give those mean people who don’t see your worth too much attention. I honestly think that if one day in school you hear that people are making fun of your outfit, or you hear that someone said something mean about you, then just laugh it off. Literally laugh at your problems. Life is too short to be upset over things that aren’t going to matter in the future. Focus on getting that education, figuring out what you want to study in the future, which university you want to go to, and just laugh at everything else and everything that doesn’t matter.

  3. Stay Out Of Drama: This one is definitely easier said than done, but it kind of goes hand in hand with the second piece of advice I talked about. Like I said, high school is about getting an education and that’s why it’s really not worth getting into any kind of drama. I remember my freshman year of high school, there were these two girls who had lots of issues with each other and one day, one of the girls insulted the other on an Instagram photo, so the other girl insulted that girl back. Before you knew it, the comment section had over 500 comments with different people in my school taking different sides. The comment section was filled with swear words, negativity, and just horrible insults. In the moment, I thought it was really funny because I knew both of the girls and also because I was a dumb 15 year old, but looking back I realize it was the stupidest thing. It just consisted of two girls bringing each other down for no apartment reason. I mean, why would you want that in your life? Just stay away from drama and if someone is trying to get you into drama or any kind of trouble, then just keep your distance from them. High school drama is stressful and pointless.

  4. Be Yourself & Put Yourself Out There: I think the one movie that everyone watches before entering high school is “Mean Girls” because it’s such a classic. The only problem with that film is that high school is not like that at all. Don’t get me wrong, there will be mean girls in school and people who aren’t the nicest, but your school will also be filled with wonderful and kind people who want to be friends with you. Therefore, instead of worrying about whether or not you can go join a conversation or go sit down with someone, just walk over to them confidently and be your amazing self. If people see that you’re confident being yourself and that you’re trying to get to know other people more, then they will respect that and I’m sure that they will be nice back. Of course, don’t change yourself for anyone because then you’re not being the real you and having to constantly be someone else will be extremely tiring. People will love you for who you are and you should never feel as if you need to be like the “cool kids” to be liked.

Shreya Sachdev