This is literally only four years of your life.To put this into perspective, that's equal to about 4 percent of your entire life (if you live to be 100). It's not the whole thing, not even close. Your friends that you have right now — or the ones who are making your life hell — aren't going to matter in five years. I promise, you'll have new ones, new experiences, and you're not going to regret the fact you didn't go out that one Saturday night in October when everyone was so wasted they all threw up. I went to some of those parties, and they are nothing like the movies, TV shows or Snapchats. Most of the time, it's a bunch of people sitting in a circle drinking and talking incoherently about Becca's fakeness.
Take your grades seriously but not too much.Colleges really do look at your grades and honestly, having money for college is nice. But getting straight A's in high school will not follow you in to your social life, college or future. Being a valedictorian or salutatorian isn't that great. You gave a speech about how much you'll miss our class and now we're all freed birds? Big whoop. Take your grades seriously enough to get scholarships but not so much that you're pulling your hair out and crying every night.
You only need a few good friends.Having a lot of friends is cool and everything, but the drama that comes with it really isn't. Keeping up with Nicole and Jenna's drama and who Jenn is dating will suck. If you have two friends that you can call all the the time, whenever and wherever, then you're set. You don't have to worry if your group of friends actually has your back or is just pretending. They'll always be truthful, and you'll always have someone to go to.
If you're already gonna be a little late... Get coffee.You had a few tardies in high school? Colleges don't look at that. Give your teachers the "sup nod" and walk in proud with that Venti Caramel Frappuccino because you deserve it. Why worry if you're already going to be late? I'm sure 10 more minutes won't matter. I did this all the time at my school.
Don't get into the drama.There will be drama in everything you do. High school is a swimming pool of hormones, insecurities and a lot of B.O. Don't respond. If Isabel comes up to ask if you have a problem with her, just don't acknowledge her. It will keep you out of the drama, and you won't be up at 3 a.m. tossing and turning about the stupid things you said.
Join clubs!This is where you will meet those few close friends. I was in journalism for three years, and I came out with a family. Don't let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game (Cinderella Story). If you want to act, join drama. Parlez vous français? Then join French Club. It's that simple, I promise.
High school is NOT the best four years of your life. It's a learning experience, and it's how you figure out things that nobody can really tell you. These are the things I wish I would have done every year — not just my senior year. If I can make it, so can you!