Throughout the past couple of months, I have been experiencing a lot of transitioning in my life. I have recently gone from a kindergarten through eighth grade school, to very intense and vigorous academy high school. I have been learning a lot of lessons throughout this major transition in my life, and still am learning more as we speak. Here are just a few things I wish I knew before entering high school:
1. Asking for help shows your teacher how much you care about their class, so don’t be shy about doing so.
At the beginning of the school year, I was very concerned about asking for help because I felt I would waste the teachers time and have them annoyed at me, but now I’ve learned it shows the teacher that you care about your work. I have been struggling in a few classes, but after asking for help, my teachers put in the extra effort to help me succeed because they knew I cared.
Believe it or not, a teacher will pay more attention to the student getting C’s that asks for help and is interested in improving, rather than the student getting A’s who shows they are not interested in the class. I am using all the help I can get at the moment in school by meeting teachers after school, having upperclassmen peer tutor me, and working hard on assignments. Though I am not always the most proud to admit to people about all the help I need, it really helps in the long run.
2. The right choice isn’t always going to be the most enjoyable choice, in the moment.
In the past, people have always been telling me, “Do what makes you most happy,” and, “Do what makes you feel right.” Though that saying is true, it seems to be missing the part that says, “Do what will make you the most happy in the future, not the present. Missing a party or turning off Netflix for a few hours to study doesn’t make me feel the most excited in the moment, but in the long run, I’d rather get a decent grade rather than see my friends.
I like to follow the saying, “Business before pleasure.” Get your work done first, even if that means missing a party or a trip to the mall, then you can truly treat yourself.
3. Enjoying the small things in life will keep you sane.
I am not going to lie, life in high school is pretty hectic between of going to school for 7 hours almost everyday, hours of homework, even more hours of studying, extra curricular activities, and managing friendships. With all this on my plate, I tend to get a negligible amount to time to kick my feet up, watch some Netflix, and just relax with no worries. Without a significant amount relax time, I tend to get extremely stressed out which negatively affects the rest of my life.
What keeps me sane is enjoying and looking forward to the little moments in life: Listening to music on the bus, breaks between homework assignments, sitting with friends at lunch, and even experimenting with coffee flavors every morning. Looking forward to these small things everyday experiences may sound a bit depressing, but I believe it leaves a highly stressful and busy person, like myself, with all their marbles.
Transitioning into high school is a very stressful, scary, busy, yet still very enjoyable time in your life that is filled with many life lessons. Even though many people will try to prepare you with lesson’s they learned, you never truly know what’s coming until you get there.