35 Things I wish I knew as a Freshman

35 things I wish I knew as a freshman in high school…

1.)   It’s okay to transfer out of a class. Chances are if your teacher doesn’t take your class seriously, it will be hard for you to.

2.)   If you start an activity as a freshman, you don’t have to stay there until you’re a senior just because everyone else does. If you don’t like something, change it.

3.)   Don’t get yourself worked up. Yes, stress can build up into even bigger stress, but try to reduce this from happening by only looking at one problem at a time.

4.)   Find what you love and stick to it. This may take a couple of tries, and you may not know what you love at first, but once you find it you’ll know.

5.)   Date in high school if you can. It sucks sometimes. (Heartbreak, Drama, etc.) But the lessons you learn when dating young will help you know what you will and won’t put up with in future partners.

6.)   Friendships are very hard work. All relationships are.

7.)   True friends will always come back to you and will be understanding and forgiving when you deserve to be forgiven.

8.)   Don’t cry over a guy. Especially not in front of him.

9.)   Never settle your morals for a friend or a guy.

10.)   When walking in the hallway, keep your chin up. If you look confident, you’ll feel confident.

11.)   Always make small talk with the “underdogs” they tend to have the best stories.

12.)   Always wave at people you know in the hallway. Not only does it make them feel good to have a friend care about them enough to wave, but it makes you feel good to see them happy. And chances are, they will be more inclined to say hello to you in the hallway next time they see you too. It’s a beautiful never-ending cycle.

13.)   Grades might not be everything, but it’s important to challenge yourself. If you talk to your teacher and they say you should take an AP class – take it! Being in classes that are too easy for you will get boring, and challenging courses look good on your transcript! Win-win!

14.)   Never let anyone tell you “you can’t.”

15.)   If you want something bad enough, you’ll work for it. If you don’t, then you will pay the consequences.

16.)   Deadlines are super important. If you don’t meet them, you’ll be behind and it will be hard to catch up.

17.)   Admit to your mistakes. No one is perfect, and it’s okay to make mistakes once in a while, even though it sucks. You’re human. Admitting to your mistakes will help you move forward. It’s the noble thing to do.

18.)   Never compare yourself to other people. You are not them.

19.)   Never make assumptions about anyone. For example, the guy who gets made fun of for being smelly might not have access to running water. Even if you think you know everything about someone, you definitely don’t.

20.)   Stick up for the underdog. Don’t just be a bystander. You have the chance to impact someone’s life for the better. Take the opportunity to make a change.

21.)   If you don’t like something, then get up and make a change. If you don’t do anything about it, what makes you think anyone else will?

22.)   Don’t hold grudges – it’s really not worth it. It’s harming you more than anything else. You’ll feel so much better when you learn to let go.

23.)   Never settle for anything! Does this store not have the Lindt chocolates you were looking for? Don’t settle for chocolate raisins instead! You deserve the fancy kind. This is true for people too.

24.)   It is okay to treat yourself every once in a while. You work hard, you deserve a break.

25.)   It’s normal to feel out of place somewhere at first. Trust me, you’re not the only person feeling this way.

26.)   Remember people’s names. Nothing feels worse than having to repeat your name to someone after having already met them. They will remember that you knew their name and it will make them feel special.

27.)   If someone walks out of your life, don’t chase after them. You’ll make yourself look dumb. They chose to leave. They didn’t have to. If it’s meant to be, life will guide them back to you. Don’t take it personally either. Sometimes life turns into a Nicholas Sparks movie and there’s nothing you can do about it.

28.)   Choose your battles. Sometimes it’s just better to let it go and save your energy for when you really need it.

29.)   Yellow is a great color on you. You should wear it more, you smile more when you do.

30.)   Remember your parents are getting older too. Don’t forget to love them right. Tell them you appreciate them, and always kiss them goodnight.

31.)   Every moment you have on Earth is not guaranteed, so cherish all that you can.

32.)   Take every opportunity that comes your way. Learn to say “yes” more.

33.)   Brush your teeth twice a day, and floss every once in a while. Older you will thank you!

34.)   Actually study for your SATs and ACTs! Those things are actually kind of important.

35.)   It’s true what your parents say – high school goes by way too fast. Enjoy every second of it, soon you’ll have to go out in the real world and you’ll miss all the little things you had to conquer when you were here.

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