So It Is Possible That High School Will Totally Suck

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This isn't for the Britneys and the Justins, the Beyonces and the Jay-Zs, the J.Los and the Enriques of Garfield. It isn't for those who have spent the past four years on top of the world, caught up in school spirit and partying every weekend. It's not for the jocks, the cheerleaders, the"playas," the preps, the groupies - you know, the popular kids. It's for the Janeane Garofalos and the Ben Stillers, the Wanda Sykeses and the Chris Rocks, the America Ferreras and the Horatio Sanzes. This is for the kids who sit by themselves at lunch, who don't have anyone to say hi to in the hall, the nerds, the geeks, the dorks, the "I'll-do-my-own-thing" kids. It's for everybody who spent the past four years surviving under the mantra "high school sucks."
Well, guess what? High school is supposed to suck.Whoever said these are the best years of our lives was seriously delusional, or at least didn't live past the age of 20. How can being lost and confused,searching for who you are and what you stand for, and feeling completely and utterly alone be the best? Sure, you can have some pretty good times along the way, but how will they compare to other milestones, like your wedding, your first child, or that big promotion?

So you didn't make the team, didn't get that role, didn't date that incredibly hot kid in your fourth period class. So you failed a few tests, got fired from your job, and got stuck babysitting the night of that major party. It sucked when it happened, but that's okay. As an incredible teacher of mine said, "Suck is the first part of success. It's a journey."

And it is a journey. You decide the final destination, and have to focus on and hit the checkpoints along the way. Graduation is one those checkpoints. You should be proud of yourself for making it this far. Too many people give up and drop out, turn to drugs or even kill themselves. They stop looking for help, and don't focus on what may be the most important fact: There is life after high school. That know-ledge has pushed me forward many times.

You can't succeed without sucking first. Even if you have a natural inclination for something, it doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement.Success can be measured in money, material things, friends, whatever. But what about personal growth? Within a year, you may grow from being unable to introduce yourself to a small group to being the center of attention. You could learn to sit and wait patiently, rather than bounce in your seat. Maybe you'll master time management, or the art of small talk. Anything is possible.

Everywhere doors are opening for you simply because you fought teen-age hell and won. You are graduating. Whether you made it with the help of teachers, family,therapists, friends or you just got yourself through, you made it. Society views you as an adult. You get to make your own choices now. As you make those choices,some doors will close. But remember, as one door closes, another opens.

This review was written by Tegan C. from Woodbridge, VA and originally ran on TeenInk.com, a website where teens contribute their own writing and photography. Check out the original post here and leave a comment with your thoughts.

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