10 things teens should know before high school
1) Everyone is nervous going to high school- everyone! Don’t think you are the only one freaking out, because you aren’t. Some people are just better at hiding it. You are not alone, so remember that.
2) Take a chance early on… that way taking additional risks later won’t seem so big. It’s kind of like jumping into a cold pool. It’s a bit scary, but once it’s over, you like it and wonder why you were so nervous in the first place. You will comfortably take more chances after that.
3) The longer you wait to do something…the harder it is to do. Procrastination is not your friend. It will hold you back from amazing opportunities, experiences, conversations, people, etc. Don’t let it!
4) Talk to your parents.. don’t drift away. Some teens get distant from their parents in HS. However, trust me, this is the time that you really need them. Find time to talk with them every day, even if only for a few minutes.
5) Get involved in HS- it goes by fast. It’s easier to stay involved in high school activities if you get involved freshman year. So, join a sport, student council, theatre or the newspaper right away. You will thank me.
6) Pick friends that have your back. It’s ok to walk away from unhealthy people you knew in middle school. Chances are your high school class will be pretty big compared to your 8th grade class. Meet everyone and make new friends based on shared interests, likes and values.
7) Every day is a new opportunity to re-invent yourself. This is a perfect time. Why? Because everyone else is doing the same thing! Don’t let others define you. Find new interests, change your attitude and explore new things.
8) Clothes, electronics, make-up and music don’t make you cool. Confidence trumps all those things. Drop the labels, products and latest apps. These things don’t make you interesting or likable. Show people who you are, have an opinion and make decisions for yourself. People will respect you and your confidence.
9) Stay away from drama- don’t get involved. High school drama is the worst and it’s everywhere. Don’t gossip- it will come back to bite you. Don’t tweet, post, say or share inappropriate things. You will be labeled very quickly as a mean girl/a gossip and this label can be hard to shake.
10) Don’t do anything you don’t want to do. If you stand up for yourself, say no, or walk away from the first bad situation freshman year, people will take notice. That way peer pressure will not follow you for the next 3 years. Instead, you will attract like minded friends.