Things I've Learnt After 5 Years At High School

I have a bit of a different post for you today because a few weeks ago I started my fifth year at High School and it got me thinking about my time at high school and everything I've learnt. I am a completely different person to the one that started in year 7 and I actually think that this is a really good thing.

Being yourself is okay. I used to feel like I had to act a certain way for people to like me and want to be my friend. But I soon realised that these were people I didn't to hang out with. So I decided to be me and I ended up with an amazing group of friends. In High School there can be this unwritten law of what is cool and what is not. But if there is something that you want to do then you should go for it, don't miss out on doing things just because someone might not approve. There's no point pretending to be somebody that you aren't, I know from my experiences that I am the happiest when I am just being myself.

It's better to have a small group of true friends who have your back than to have a massive circle of 'acquaintances'. I have found a small group of friends who I love spending time with and we have so much fun together but we didn't become friends until the end of year 9. And for the first two years I kind of floated between loads of people, not really feeling like I fitted in but now I am so happy with my friends (especially my best friend, Hi if you're reading this!). I often wonder what it would be like to be super popular with loads of "friends" but then I look at my friends and am so much happier. 

Being organised throughout all the years will save you so much hassle. This is a really big one... especially for exams. Since year 9 I have been making really good revision notes and filing them as I go. This means that now I am in year 11 I already have a lot of notes made which I can refer to and I am not panicking like some of my friends who haven't saved sheets or made notes on stuff they learnt a few years ago. Also just keeping organised day to day with homework and deadlines really helps me to stay calmer with everything and it offers me a little bit of reassurance when I know I am up to date with everything. 

Hard work pays off. To be honest this goes without saying but its so true. You might look like a nerd, or a teachers pet but at the end of the day working hard all year round, every year at high school gives you the best advantage. Things like not leaving homework till the deadline, asking for help when you don't understand a topic and revising for every test helps you learn so much more. 

Peer pressure is the worst. There have been times when I've felt like I have to do something just because everyone else is but deep down I really don't want to do it. I think it's moments like this where you have to be strong-willed and just say no. I think it links in with the first one really because if what someone is pressuring you to do isn't what you want to do then you have to be true to yourself and stick by what you believe in. 

Everyone is in the same boat. Whether they admit it or not, everyone feels the same about starting high school; being annoyed at getting loads of homework and especially when it comes to doing to exams everyone cares just as much as you do. But usually people won't admit it so just remember that you are not alone in what you are thinking. I used to think I was the only one who would revise for exams or get stressed out by the work load but I soon realised others were thinking the same they just didn't let it show. 

A little bit of stress can be good. I am one for over stressing and worrying about the slightest of things but I've found that a little bit of stress keeps me on my feet and gives me an extra bit of motivation. 

It's over in a blink of an eye. I honestly cannot believe that I am in my last year of high school; it still feels like I literally started yesterday. Make the most of high school because even if you hate school, it teaches you so much about yourself and offers you unlimited help and guidance not only with your academic studies but with home life and personal issues. 

I hope you enjoyed this more casual post, I am really interested to know what year are you in at high school or if you have left high school what was the biggest lesson you learnt?

-MissBeccaBeauty xo

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