School’s starting soon in September and for many, it’s already begun. I finished high school in June 2019 and although I’m excited to be moving onto university, there are a few things I’d like to address to students in high school that will (hopefully) inspire you to live your high school experience to the fullest.

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Your grades should always be your number one focus. I understand in the moment, drama and gossip is a lot more exciting than studying for an upcoming math test, but hard work pays off! In senior year, I managed to get early acceptances to all the universities I applied to with scholarships! If I can do it, so can you!

Hang out with friends

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Probably one of my regrets. I’m an introverted person and I never really hung out with my friends and I’m starting to miss them already because I’m going to a different city for university. Hang out with your friends when you can, wish them a happy birthday, invite them to your place, paint your nails, hug them in the hallways while you still can because soon enough, those moments will become memories.

Stay cool

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It’s not the end of the world if you don’t have time to hang out with your friends, if you miss a huge school event, if you don’t want to go to prom, or if you get a terrible mark on an assignment or test. You missed out on an opportunity to have fun? Don’t worry, more days to have fun will come. You got a bad mark on a test? No worries, there are more tests/assignments/essays to nail.

Keep a positive attitude

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Throughout my last year of high school, all I could think was “I can’t wait till this year is over” and now it’s over and I wished I had enjoyed every moment instead of hating it. Now, looking back to high school, I realize the terrible things weren’t as bad as I made them. If anything, I sort of miss the sound of the bell, hanging out with my friends at lunch, and maybe even the drama?

You may not like high school right now, but trust me, once it’s over you’re going to wish you had held onto every moment, every terrible school assembly, every school dance, every boring presentation you heard in class (as strange as that sounds).

Now that I’m done high school, I feel so much older. Maybe it’s because I’ll be turning 18 soon and then after that, my teenage years are limited. Enjoy being young. Enjoy the small responsibilities you have now because soon enough, you’re going to be put into the real world and you’re going to sit back and remember that once upon a time, you and your friends owned the world.

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Gosh, why do I sound so old?

This article was written by @huesofblue on the We Heart It Writers Team.