High school is either the longest or shortest four years of your life- long story short, it's a different experience for everyone.

Obviously I, in no way, speak for everyone, but after completing high school, I can safely say that I have learned many things. Here are just a few:

I. The People You Thought Were "Friends for Life" Might Not Be ...

...those grade 8 friendships you swore would last until you were old and senile, they probably won't last. And yes, it sucks, but don't hold onto a friendship just because you feel like you need to keep that "promise". There are so many more people who will share the same interests as you and who you are probably more compatible with. If you feel like you are struggling to talk to your friend(s), it is not worth your time. Take it from me- you will be better for it, you will learn from it, and you will grow from it.

II. Break off "Abusive" Friendships ...

...now I don't mean physically abusive, I mean emotionally. Friends that constantly berate you and bring you down rather than lift you up NEED TO GO. If you don't feel comfortable being around your friend or you feel like you need to "tiptoe" around them, leave. Like I said, there are so many other people who would probably love to be your friend. You are too great to be told otherwise, especially by someone who you thought was your friend.

III. Your Social Media Presence Seriously Doesn't Matter ...

...the number of likes you get or the amount of followers you have are not a depiction of who you are as a person. That girl with the 1000 followers and almost 500 likes is not "better than you" simply because you have 200 followers and 50 likes. Odds are, people are more interested in who you are in real life than one picture they see when mindlessly scrolling.

IV. Be You ...

...this one is totally corny and cliche, but important nonetheless. Don't change who you are just because your friends are- maybe you need to find new friends and THAT'S OKAY. Present yourself in a way that, in 10 years from now, will make you proud because in 10 years, chances are that you'll be happier with who you decided to be rather than what others wanted you to be.

V. There is So Much More to Life Than High School ...

...your life is just starting, try and be an optimist about the future instead of dwelling on the past- high school IS NOT the best years of your life.