Happy 1st day back to school! I know a lot of you are excited to get back into a routine and seeing your friends. And there’s probably a lot of you that are dreading going back, but regardless, enjoy the day!
Today I wanted to share my memories, regrets and give some tips on school. I graduated 6 years ago from College and 9 (almost 10) years ago from High School. It seems like it was a lifetime ago for me, but I have the best memories that I get to hold on to. I’ll start off with high school and get into College after that, so if you are interested, keep on reading!
High School Years
As I mentioned above, it has been almost 10 years since I graduated High School. During that time, I got to experience the ultimate highs and lows of a teenager. Looking back now, I don’t really feel any way about my time in high school, even though when I was going through it, I thought it was the worst time of my life haha.
I was able to experience a lot of firsts, such as my first kiss, my first boyfriend, my first love, my first party, first breakup etc. I definitely grew up a lot in those 4 years and high school was one of those stepping stones that started to shape who I am today. Even with all the firsts I got to experience, the parties I went to and the drama that consumed me (oh, the drama!), I do regret that I didn’t put my full effort into my schooling.
I was that girl who was boy crazy, however, I think high school amped it up quite a bit. I had so many crushes all throughout high school, but getting my first boyfriend was the one thing that distracted me from my schooling. Of course, I also got to experience my first breakup which didn’t help at all. I remember going through the rest of the years so heartbroken by this one guy that I couldn’t even bother putting my full effort into my school work. As well, I had other guys distract me and constant partying that the school work was done, but not done well enough to get me into University. It was good enough for College and for me, that’s all I cared about.
So if you are reading this and going to high school or you’re almost done, here are my tips for you:
- Enjoy it! You will never get those 4 years back and as much as you think you have all the time in the world to experience everything in those years, you don’t.
- Study Hard. As you read, I didn’t put my full effort or attention into my school work. Please do the best you can in all of your classes to get those high marks. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Don’t be afraid to put in the extra effort. You will thank yourself when you are getting accepted into the University or College of your choice.
- Don’t Let Drama Consume You. I went through high school at a time where a little show called, “Laguna Beach” was airing on MTV. That show was the most dramatic show about high school kids and naturally, the people I went to school with thrived off of that show. Everyone wanted to be just like the girls from that cast, so the drama was endless. However, don’t get yourself into it if you don’t have to. You aren’t missing out on anything!
- Participate in Extra Curricular Activites. This is the best advice I could give to you. I did my fair share of volunteering and participating in school activities. It helps you grow your confidence, your time management skills and your communication skills. You get to meet new people and it also looks good when you are applying to post-secondary schools.
My college years were a little bit different haha. I went to college in my hometown and took 2 different programs. The first program I took was Pre-Health Science, which is basically a 1-year program that teaches you science and math to prepare you for another medical program, such as Nursing, Dental, and X-Ray Techs. This program honestly put me through hell. It was the hardest program I have ever taken! I did really well the first semester and I knew nothing was going to stop me from getting what I wanted. Well, that wasn’t the case come 2nd semester.
I wasn’t as boy crazy, but it was still there (haha). I had a job that was supposed to be part-time, but I was scheduled to work all the time. I had no time for studying or doing my homework. I remember I had midterms and I was stuck at work until midnight because they didn’t allow me to take it off. I look back now and I still regret that I didn’t fight harder to get work off and I wish I didn’t allow them to schedule me in as much as I was. At the end of the day, my grades suffered because I was so consumed with work.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get into the program that I wanted, which was Nursing. That’s all I ever wanted to be when I was younger and I my admission was revoked due to my grades. At that time, I was told I had to decide what I was going to do and I didn’t have time to think about it. I decided to accept one of my backup programs which was Medical Administration. I didn’t want to do that, but I didn’t think I had any other option. Looking back, I had so many other options, but I panicked and picked the easiest thing for me to do.
I don’t regret taking the program, as I graduated with honors and my diploma. I know I can go down different avenues with this and my experience at work has definitely helped me for any future jobs. I just wish I allowed myself to think more about my decision.
Here are my tips to you about College:
- Work the least amount of hours you can at your job. I know a lot of people who didn’t have a job during College which is amazing. But if you do, work the least amount of hours that you are able to. Focus on your studying and school work. It’s all too easy to fall behind in classes, as everything is so fast-paced.
- Don’t Stress if you want to change your program. This is the biggest thing I can stress to you. People change their mind all the time and when you have to decide what you want to do in life, this will change too. Don’t get upset or think that’s it for me because what you thought you wanted is no longer what you want. There are so many options for you to change your degree or program. It’s not the end, trust me.
- ENJOY IT! I said earlier that you can’t get the four years back from high school, which is true, but you also can’t get back your college years. I had the most fun during College and met some of the greatest people. It was a different learning experience for me, but still, an experience that I will cherish forever. I met my now Husband during College and for that, I will forever be grateful to my college years.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my experiences through the school years. I know a lot has changed since I went to school, but at the end of the day, we all go through the same changes. We grow up, we learn and we find ourselves little by little. Enjoy the time you have, study hard and make memories to last a lifetime.
Enjoy your first day of school! 🙂