How to Survive High School

Updated: Mar 21

High school is full of ups and downs, but there is no reason why the downs should outweigh the ups! Keep reading to see how to make the most of these 4 pivotal years.


By: Ava Kesler


Be your own vibe.

That's honestly all there is to it really.


One of the most important things that you can learn from high school and take with you in life is that you don't need to conform to the standards of those around you.


I'm not saying to go become a rebel and do whatever you want despite the law, but you definitely don't have to worry about being someone you're not just because your "friends" expect something from you.


Take care of yourself.

I don't care if the super cute boy wants to Facetime until 2am. That is absolutely not healthy and a recipe for disaster.


Not only are you risking your grades, your health, your sanity, but you're also doing so in front of the boy who you were trying so hard to impress in the first place.


Before anything, anyone, or any cute boy who comes along, you must prioritize your health. These things will come and go, but who you are will always be who you are, and if you don't take care of yourself right from the start, these little careless actions will catch up to you.


So next time you get a text from you-know-who (or a notification from the latest YouTube drama, if you're like me), please don't worry about it at 2am. Save it for the lovely hour of 7pm on a Friday when you don't have anything going on the next day.


Study hard.

I get it, that's not the most appealing thing to hear. But it's 100% necessary (lol get the pun?)


Studying will absolutely get you where you need to be. If you do it right.


Studying means that you are in a no-phone mindset, that you are in the zone. You have to truly care for your grades and want to do well, and then you will be able to put in the energy required to get those grades you want.


Nothing will just come, but if you take that first step and study, you will reap the benefits.

Try making a schedule, or a study plan, and continue to develop it until you find your own rhythm.


Find your crowd.

I get it. People at school don't exactly fit the stereotypes like they so easily do in the movies. And oftentimes, you're crowd doesn't even exist at your school.

But having someone or some people that you know you can always go to, whether that be for lunch or to work on a project with, is so important for your mental health.


Even if you don't completely vibe with your classmates, find a few who you can just laugh with (or at) and who you can feel united with. At this critical age in development, it is necessary to avoid feeling lonely.

High school friendships are often complicated and laced in drama, and very few find a true best friend who matches their vibe. But if you can find a group who is well-behaved (aka don't do drugs) and who treats you right (aka gives you the respect you deserve) then you're all set for that little thing they call high school.


But definitely don't tolerate a bunch of bullies just because you haven't found your group yet.


Have an outlet.

This is seriously going to be your lifesaver. No matter how busy you are, no matter how tired you may feel, you always need to have a go-to outlet to unwind. This could be exercise, music, art, reading, stretching, hair-styling- anything!


But whatever it is, it is super important that you find time for it. It will actually motivate you to finish your homework in time to get to it, and it will take your mind off things. This will allow you to come back to work with a fresh perspective, and you'll find that you will actually finish everything faster.


It's not healthy to only have school in your life. Not only does this put you at risk of burning out, but it also just makes life so much boring.


So go find something - anything - to be passionate about. You don't have to stick with it if it's not your cup of tea, try new things until you eventually find what works for you! That's the beauty of hobbies, they get to grow and develop with you!


The big takeaway.

Ok guys, here's the thing. Right now you are in that phase of your life when your hormones are kicking in and life is getting a wee bit more confusing than it used to be.


And that's the way it should be. Otherwise you might need to be checked.


But anyway


remember that life will be difficult at times, whether it be from school or relationships. You just can't let that get in the way of you living your life to the fullest.


Know that the storm will pass, and it really is only a phase. So please enjoy these few years, because they will only consist of a minuscule part of your life.



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