High school was apparently the best four years of our lives. Well, I never bought into that. I had senioritis before I even started high school and couldn’t wait to get out of there as quickly as possible. I recently went to a couple of high school graduations and also visited my old school. One thought came to mind amidst all of this: I don’t miss high school. Sure, I miss some of the people, but I definitely wouldn’t want to go back.
That first paragraph was not exactly full of rainbows and sunshine, but I did learn some things in high school that have helped me in college and elsewhere.
- Appreciate opportunities
During high school, I constantly wanted to just whiz through school and complained about it a plenty. On the other hand, though, I couldn’t help but think of how many people there are in the world that would love to be in my shoes, having the privilege of education. Appreciate God’s blessings and opportunities, even if they are in disguise.
- We don’t know everything
Like many people my age, I acted like I knew everything, and there was no point in being in school any longer. The truth of the matter is, we don’t know everything. Even if we live to be one hundred, we still won’t know it all. Thus, humility is a great thing to have, as well as curiosity and a good work ethic in order to buckle down and learn.
- Friends come and go
When the last day of school came, many students thought they would keep in touch with every person they knew in high school through to the end of time. Sometimes that is the case. Other times, well, people change and so do their phone numbers. It is completely OK to not keep in contact with each person that had ever passed us by in the hall, but it can also be nice to hold onto those rare life long friends.
- Stress less
Though I haven’t quite mastered this in college yet either, I know I stressed far too much in high school. I put a lot of pressure on myself to get straight A’s and get every little thing done. Trying one’s best is important, but I held myself to far too high of a standard and ended up making myself miserable in the process.
- Don’t be like everyone else
Emma Watson said, “Don’t feel stupid if you don’t like what everyone else pretends to love.” Keeping Godly morals is super important whether in high school, college, or moving through the rest of life. In high school, I felt like there was a lot going on that I wasn’t OK with and wanted no part of. Thus, I found that it was great to have friends, especially Christian friends, that believed what I did and didn’t want to go out partying and drinking.
This piece of advice can also apply to other things like if everyone else likes a book or T.V. show and we can’t stand it or don’t agree with its message (etc.). I have always felt like being myself was crucial and, in the end, a lot more fun than going with the crowd (God also knitted us together and chose us to show His glory in our own special way), so I hope that is something that catches on with more people one day.
To anyone trying to survive high school, it’s going to be over, and God can lead the way, if we let Him. To those of us looking back, let’s sing the hallelujah chorus, and take the lessons we learned with us through the rest of our lives.
Here are some great verses to keep in mind:
1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV) “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”
Matthew 6:27 (NIV) “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV) “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’”
Psalm 139:14 (NIV) “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
Joy Edwards – Column: College & Career
Joy is a college student from Arizona. Her major is undecided, but she enjoys sports, photography, learning about different cultures, and spending time with friends and family. She is also Christian and volunteers with her church.