When you are in high school, you are still learning more about yourself and therefore won’t always make the best decisions, so high school regrets are very typical. However, you can learn to avoid them in advance through friendly words of advice from those who have been through it already! After all, why make the same mistakes, when you can learn from somebody else’s? So here are the top high school regrets to avoid from a person who just graduated!
1. Not Getting to Know More People
I am not usually the person to live with regrets, but one of the few high school regrets that I do have is not getting to know more people. I regret not becoming friends with interesting people outside of my circle of friends. So make the most unexpected friendships and form connections with those you are interested in, you will not regret it!
2. Not Working Hard Enough
We all have our lazy moments but it is only in retrospect that we realize that if we had worked just a little harder in the past, we would be in a very different place today. For example, if you studied just a little more rigorously for the SATs, you would have gotten into your dream college! Hard work pays off, so do your very best when you are able to do so.
Procrastination is something that every high school student has to deal with. It’s like a contagious disease that spreads through the entire student body. How many times did you regret leaving a project for the last minute? If you only started a couple of days earlier, your grade would have probably been much higher and you wouldn’t have to stress over meeting the deadline.
4. Not Making Physical Activity a Priority
Around the time high school rolls around, boys and girls become very self aware of their appearance, yet some fail to prioritize physical activity and rely solely on their high metabolism. However, you won’t always be able to eat whatever you want without gaining a few pounds! Trust me, you will regret not choosing the healthy lifestyle as you age.
5. Caring Too Much about What Others Think
In high school, it is all about the group mentality. No matter how hard we try to convince ourselves that we don’t conform to our peers, we still care about what they think of us. So we base our actions, fashion sense and overall behavior on what our friends believe is proper. However, realizing that none of that matters will be the best thing you have ever done for yourself.
6. Not Staying in Touch with Middle School Friends
In high school you will definitely meet new friends who will potentially remain in your life forever, but this doesn’t mean that you should automatically drop your middle school friends. It’s hard to keep in touch when you are going to different schools but if your friends in middle school meant something to you, you should make the effort to maintain your friendship.
7. Taking Everything Too Seriously
Looking back, everything in high school is over-dramatized. Every argument, problem or heartbreak you have seems like a much bigger deal in high school. However, taking everything too seriously will only cause you more stress, so realize that all of these ‘problems’ are minor and just enjoy you life as a carefree teenager. Soon enough you will have much bigger problems to deal with.
High school is a place that becomes like a second home after four years. It’s a place where you learn more about yourself and really grow up into a wholesome person. But there will be ups and downs, and you will make mistakes. Hopefully after going through this list, you will take some things into consideration. What are some things you regret so far during your time in high school?