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High School: The Best Four Years of Your Life

By on March 5, 2017
High School: The Best Four Years of Your Life

It probably seems like, from your parents to your neighbors to random passers-by on the street, someone is always reminding you that you should be enjoying every second…that high school will be the best four years of your life. But if you’re reading this in the school library because you’re avoiding the cafeteria where you have no friends to join, wondering why you haven’t been asked to the homecoming dance, freaking out about SAT scores and dreading work after school at the fast food joint, all while trying to figure out which college you should attend, you probably have your doubts.

Why then, must everyone insist on these four years being regarded as happy times accentuated and adorned with the highest points in life? Is it really all downhill after this? Are you the only one who feels like life cannot possibly be more awkward, stressful, confusing, and emotional? Alas, dear reader, the answer is a resounding no. The problem, you see, is that those adults who remember high school as rainbows and unicorns and think longingly about the experience with stars in their eyes have the benefit of hindsight, a benefit which, as you have probably heard, has 20/20 vision. And while it doesn’t feel that way now, you will probably look back on these four years with awe and amazement too: because you got through it. So, how can you make sure that you’ll graduate with fond memories to tell your grandchildren about? Easy. Give yourself a break.

1. Realize that everyone else is feeling awkward too.

Your peers, though they may seem confident and poised, are probably incredibly awkward kids who are just as skilled at hiding their insecurities as you. Everyone gets out alive, but nobody gets through high school unscathed. Just remember that everyone is fighting their own battle, and the only thing to do is go easy on each other.  Don’t take my word for it, have a look.

2. Know that this isn’t actually all going on your ‘permanent record.’

Spend this time wisely. Take your SATs and do your best, but don’t fret if you don’t do as well as you had hoped. Study and get good grades, but if you’re not valedictorian, you’ll be okay. You’ll never be asked to present your SAT scores in a job interview. A few years from now, none of that will matter, but your ability to feel comfortable and confident in your own skin will.

3. Find out who you are and what makes you happy.

Right now, everything that seems vitally important to your success as a human in the future is coming at you with ferocity. Remind yourself every now and then that it’s not all as big of a deal as it seems. Use these four years to explore your options and become a well-rounded citizen, but don’t try to do it all–you can’t. Make time for fun every day and don’t sweat the small stuff. It really is much smaller than it seems.

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Graduation

What Next After Your Final High School Exam Is Out?

By on February 28, 2017
What Next After Your Final High School Exam Is Out

Come on, isn’t this one of the greatest moments you have been looking forward to? Finishing high school. For me, it was a great achievement. I had waited for this moment for almost all my school life. You have sat for that final High School Exam. The results are out and you are waiting to join college. So whats next? Well, you could dig out the old TV from the attic and mount it in some corner of your room (or the basement), get a bucket of popcorn and then slide into an eternal comfort zone. Oh no! Not in your parents house. This is the best moment to discover the rest of you.

Get control of your talent

Yes, do that please. You love painting? then let the world know it.  Are you great at song writing and singing? Record a song, join a band (or form one). Interact with local music producers and let them show you the ropes. Enroll in a dance class. This is the time to discern whether a certain ability is truly your true calling or not.

Acquire a driver’s license

If you don’t already have one.  Now this is one skill that is easy to master and now that you are most certainly of old enough, and free, just do it. Who knows. You could become a famous NASCAR driver. You will be preparing for a successful future where you will own and drive cars. Driving is a handy skill that can help you when in sticky situations.

Get a job

I bet you all know about this one. In fact it should have come first on the list. This is great way to earn some experience and some cash. This will allow that CV to grow. It will be a great way to train yourself how to be responsible. You don’t need to go into all offices looking for “suit and tie” jobs. Start with something simple and easy. Try the coffee shop around your area or the public library. Just do your task diligently and earn trust from your employers. It is also good to pick a job that improves your social skills. You will notice that, that will improve your social and networking skills in the future.

Participate in charity work

This includes activities like campaigns, marathons and pretty anything that you could in the community without necessarily gaining anything material. These activities improve your social skills and hence prepares you for a great future.

Help your parents run their private business

This is a great way to discourage idleness. You will also be learning important skills in business management and you could even make it better. This will be a great way to earn more trust and respect from your parents but most of all, a great way to maximize household income. Parents could even put up a side business, just for you to run.

Lastly

Whatever you do, don’t just idle at home. Try all the above and even think of more that we didn’t get to discuss. I know now you are burning with ideas of what to do next. It had been a long wait and now its over. The moment is in your hands. Most of all, safe out there.

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