How to Survive High School

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Tomorrow (August 11) is the first day of my SENIOR year of high school, and I am actually feeling super excited!! This summer has been wonderful, but I kind of miss hustling hard for school. It’s a weird feeling. Hopefully, this optimistic spirit stays with me! Towards the end of my summer, I started thinking about what I’ve learned from the past 3 years of high school, especially junior year. Junior year was by far the most challenging year of my life. I thought that it would be helpful if I wrote down (or in this case, typed out) what I’ve learned and some words of motivation for myself when it starts to get difficult this school year.

Without further ado, here is a rough draft of my personal guide to surviving senior ANY year Of high school.

1] AFRAID OF TRYING SOMETHING NEW? JUST DO IT.
Enough said. Just do it! Sometimes, our insecurities or outside pressure discourages us from taking that leap of faith or doing something out of the ordinary. In these situations, it is important to be confident with who you are and your abilities. Don’t let the negativity hold you back from taking an opportunity that might never come your way again.

2] FAILURE IS INEVITABLE. DON’T BE AFRAID OF FAILING.
One of my biggest fears is failing. I hate the feeling of failure. However, I’ve realized that the feeling of regret is worse. There have been times when I did not take advantage of an opportunity because I was afraid that my abilities or opinion wouldn’t be good enough. Not taking a chance didn’t make me feel any better about myself. It just left me feeling regretful. I think that the best way to overcome this fear is to have the mindset that “sometimes you win, sometimes you learn”. Failure is inevitable. You’ve just got to learn from your experience and move on with an optimistic spirit. Often times, the things that you learn from failing makes you a better and stronger person.

3] COMPARING IS YOUR WORST ENEMY. YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH.
We’ve all compared ourself to someone who we think is so much better, leaving us very demoralized. It’s human nature to do so. Recently, I watched a video called “5 Reasons You Will Succeed” by Lilly Singh aka iiSuperwomanii. In the video, she talked about how we are all unique in our own ways. Every individual has a different gift to share to the world. No other person can be you. With this in mind, we should not feel the need to compare ourselves to each other!

4] IT’S OKAY TO BE WEIRD/DIFFERENT. JUST BE YOU.
The word “weird” is subjective. What defines weird? If you like to tell cheesy puns or wear mismatched socks, don’t stop doing it because other people think it’s weird in a bad way. I saw this quote on Pinterest that said “I’m not weird. I’m limited edition!”. There have been times when I questioned whether or not to quit wearing skirts and dresses everyday. Thoughts like “people at school probably think I’m weird” would run through my mind. Their fashion and my style is completely different! I later realized, why in the world do I care what they think? I’m not living for their approval. I love wearing skirts and dresses! Be true to yourself. You’ll be happier :).

5] DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF. LIFE IS SO MUCH BIGGER.
This is something that I have to work on. I often get so invested in what I’m doing that I worry way too much about it, even if it isn’t that important. If I do poorly, for example on a test, it is not the end of the world! If you think about it, a bad test grade is insignificant in terms of what you do your whole life. Don’t sweat the small stuff because it really doesn’t matter in the long run.

6] DON’T BE JUDGMENTAL. MEET PEOPLE.
I think that the media has set up our expectations for how certain people will act. Obliviously, we end up judging a person even before meeting them. This year, I want to be more open to meeting others and try not to be so shy.

7] ENJOY THE RIDE, SMILE MORE, AND DON’T FORGET TO PRAY.
High school has passed by quickly. I remember the summer when I decided to start this blog! I’m going to try and enjoy senior year and not get so caught up with studying. When things start to get hard, I just have to remember to smile more (any Roman Atwood fans?) and pray.

It’s 11:21 PM as I’m writing this very sentence. There are a whole lot more lessons that I’ve missed, but I think that this makes a pretty good rough draft. What do you think? I hope that at least one of these helps you in some way! Thanks for reading!

love,
Blaze Ann

outfit deets:
polka dot top | Zara
skirt | Target
purse | Forever 21
sandals | Payless

  • Rebecca Young

    I love your outfit – it is so much what I like to wear!

    Your personal “survival guide” is very sensible and mature – I am sure you will be fine! It is only natural to be a little apprehensive at progressing to the next level. You can only do your best and don’t worry about what others might say. I was the only skirt/dress person in my age group and remember the odd remark which I ignored. When I felt the time was right I did buy some pants and found them very comfortable – you might do the same but it must be your decision!

    Good Luck!

    Rebecca

  • Oh, man being yourself + not comparing yourself and some of the hardest things to do! but I find more often than not I look back on stuff I did out of peer pressure and sigh. Those things you say/do that aren’t really “you” really feel like they hurt you so much in the long run. It’s just not worth it! and more often than not when you stand up for who you are (i.e. don’t just go with the flow – if someone is going on and on about how much they hate school you can be sympathetic and interested without agreeing.) it sparks conversations and friendships built on genuine interaction and in the long run, trust, because you know the person isn’t just a yes-man. and it feels SO GOOD to have those thought-provoking conversations about differences.

    I know just how you feel about the “ahh, they’ll think I’m weird” – I wear pants fairly often, but obviously whatever that thing is that we feel makes us quirky can make us insecure. but when those insecurities start popping up, you’re right – the best thing we can do is play whack-a-mole with ’em!!

    great post – you have great style!! <3
    lottie

  • This is a great guide (for any age doing anything new). I am visiting you from Thursday Favorite Things. You may like my DIY Jewelry Book: http://www.thelostapron.com/2016/08/diy-jewelry-book.html

  • Lanae Bond

    Excellent advice not just for those in school! Failure is one of the key things to overcome, so it is best to realize that failure is just a part of life.

  • Abby Castro

    What a pretty outfit. Love the polka top with the midi skirt!

    Abby | Life in the Fash Lane

  • Rosi Rodriguez

    I love everything about this outfit! SOOO PRETTY! Similar to you, I wore all skirts all through my 4 years of public high school (minus the first semester that I wasn’t a believer yet) and while it was so tough at times being the odd one, looking back, I’m so thankful I stood by my convictions because honestly they made me stronger and bolder. It’s definitely not easy (you won’t believe how many times I begged Mom to let me drop out) but you CAN do this!

  • Melani Crone

    I love this outfit! It is so lovely and feminine. I wanted to invite you to join my upcoming fall fashion guest post week. If you are interested, just email me or drop by my blog.
    ❤️ Melani