Something slightly different today, but something I wish I had read when I was starting/during high school. I start university in less than a month so I thought this would be a great time to write this as a goodbye to my high school life. I hope this post is interesting/insightful or helpful to someone out there.
High School Won't Be Perfect
When I went into 'big school' I had this image in my head of making lots of new friends and hanging out with them all the time, happiness and closeness of everyone. My personal experience was very different to this, I really struggled to find a really close 'best friend' and flitted from one group of friends to another because I was searching for that magical group I had in my head. Turns out I didn't find this until my 6th form years.
In 2013 studies found that 46% of children had been bullied in some for at school. I was bullied during my high school years, but looking back it's made me so much stronger and a better person. It will be hard, and it will get you down but just remember that you are an amazing person and don't let the bully beat you.
You will change. The person you are when you start high school will be completely different to the person you are when you collect your GCSE or even A Level results. I know I've changed, for the better. People you know will change and you may not like that. You will drift away from people you used to be close to, but that's ok because that's life.
Deciding Your Future
Teachers will tell you that what you choose for GCSE's are important. In hindsight, they're really not. You could take any GCSE's and still go on to have the possibility of doing any university/college course you choose. A Level choices are more important as certain uni courses have specific subjects as entry requirements. Also, don't worry if you still don't know what you want to do when you grow up. I didn't know the path I wanted to follow until January last year.
It Gets Better
High school may be hard work, it may make you sad, scared, or lonely, but believe me, it gets better! The last two years in sixth form, which is technically high school have been the best two years at school so far. And I am super nervous about going to university but I'm looking forwards to a new experience.
What was/is your high school experience like?