Friday, August 10, 2012
From A Senior To A Freshman
With summer coming to an end, and a new school year beginning, I feel that now is a good time to share a few small bits of advice for those who are about to start high school, or middle school, or that are moving to a new school. These should also be remembered no matter what grade you're in, or how long you've been going to a school, and even in some other places beyond school. We all want to make a good impression on people, and we want the others kids to accept us. There can be many pressures in middle and especially high school. It's important to always stay true to who you are, and keep your goals in mind.
The most important thing is to be yourself, and don't try to be someone you're not. People can tell when you are being fake, and nobody likes a fake. It's better to have friends that like you for who you are, rather then people who like you for what you're not. If someone can't accept you for who you are, you really don't need them as a friend. Friends are people you can be yourself and be silly with, and never have to worry about it. Being popular is not what it seems cracked up to be. There is often more drama, and a lot more pressures in these groups then what you may see. You'll be a lot more comfortable, and happier being yourself, and having friends who like the REAL beautiful you. :)
Never give into peer pressure when it comes to things you don't feel right about. Real friends would never pressure you into doing something that you know is wrong. Don't drink, try drugs, or do anything with a guy just to fit in, or to get them to like you. The potential consequences are not worth it, and can get between you and your dreams. You could get into serious trouble with the law, and with your family. Surround yourself with friends that you can trust, and people who know your dreams and encourage you to go towards them. Anyone who would try to get you to do something you aren't comfortable with, or anything illegal or dangerous for the matter, is not worth it. (This includes a boyfriend that doesn't respect your values. There are plenty of other fish in the sea, and guys who would respect you. You don't need to stay with a jerk.)
You should never let bullies or haters get to you. These people are only jealous of you and insecure of themselves, and they try to bring others down to their level with harsh, and immature words. They really aren't worth the time or any pain. Some mean comments can even be turned into compliments in a way, just get creative! I'll write another post on how to handle bullies in the future. But never stoop to their level and make comments back at them, this makes you a bully as well. If you feel that the bullying is out of control, or if it's really hurting you, you'll want to tell a trusted adult. Whether it's a parents, teacher, or any other adult in your life. Don't try to handle a serious situation on your own. Don't wait until things escalate further, or turn violent. And remember, you have a lot going for you. Don't let anyone try to take that away from you. And don't forget to treat others the way you wan't to be treated.
And of course don't forget to enjoy these years. High school years fly by really fast, trust me, and once they're gone you can't get them back. Make memories, and enjoy each day. Join a sports team, or a school club and make new friends. Try new things. Take an interesting class. And don't forget to have a dream to shoot for beyond high school, and work towards it as you enjoy these years. Keep those grades up! School might suck sometimes, but it's always important. Keep your head up girls, and stay glambitious! :)
What advice do you have for anyone moving on to middle school or high school? Or moving to a new district?
Here is a video I found on YouTube. This song is really inspirational. And this guy actually came to my school last year! The song is called Won't Back Down sung by Ryan Holliday. It's about not giving up, no matter what happens. Check it out if you'd like!