Hi guys, meet my little sister, Hannah J.
Isn’t she literally the prettiest little thing in the whole wide world? I’m pretty obsessed with her. As of last week, Hannah started her freshman year of high school, and to say it has made me feel very nostalgic, would be an understatement. Especially since she is officially going to my Alma mater. If it were up to me, I would hide her away and not let her out until she was 25 – lol kidding!! But in all honesty, I am just extremely excited for her.
I know that everyones high school experience was different. I for one, loved high school. Did I love every aspect? Um, no!!! But I do have some really great memories that I wouldn’t change for the world. Other things, looking back, I wish I would have gone about differently, but then again, it is all about the learning process. High School really is such an important time for your adolescent self. Colton always jokes that I’m a High School Hero lol, which is so not true! He is such a jerk -ha. The truth is I’m just still very close to my high school girl friends. From High School drama & heart ache, to college years and figuring out post-grad life, they have been my rock for 10 years. Yeah, you heard that right, 10 years! My goodness.
With that being said, here are 25 Things I wish I could go back and tell my 14 year old self, before starting my High School Journey.
- Lay off the heavy make-up (especially the eye liner). I know you’re excited to finally be able to wear make-up, but really…..take it back a notch.
- It’s cool to be smart and to be in AP classes. So try.
- Do not wait until the end of your Sophomore year to start caring about your grades and college. Start your GPA off strong.
- Get involved as much as possible. Being involved in high school, really is one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself. I promise, it’s not as corny as you think it is to get involved. You will build a lot of friendships and it really looks good on your college applications.
- Be nice to everyone, no matter what. You’re not as cool as you think you are, so get off your high horse.
- Stop sticking your tongue out in pictures. It’s really unattractive.
- You’re not going to marry the first boy you get a major crush on. So when he breaks your heart, I promise it isn’t the end of the world. Even though it feels like it is.
- Do not skip family events for high school parties. That random party, does not hold half the value, that your mother’s Fourth of July party does.
- Do not waste your time on friendships with mean girls.
- Do not waste your time on friends who constantly choose boys over you.
- Truly cherish those Friday night football games, pep rallies, and homecoming games. These are the moments you really will never get back. Yeah, you’ll have college, but there really is nothing like Friday Night Lights.
- Please stop writing all of those passive aggressive Facebook status’s about how hard your life is. Same thing goes for all of those Taylor Swift heart break lyrics you felt the need to post.
- Your parents are not as dumb as you think they are and you’re not actually getting away with anything.
- Really, nothing good happens past mid night.
- Stay away from drama and never say anything bad about anyone just to fit in with a conversation.
- Strive to be the person, that if something bad was said about you, no one would believe it.
- Put your drink down in pictures, it really doesn’t make you look as cool as you think it does.
- On that same note, “blurring” the beer can out of your photos isn’t fooling anyone.
- Respect yourself.
- You don’t have to only shop at Abercrombie and Hollister….there are more stores in the mall.
- Stop going to tanning beds and start getting a spray tan. Your future skin will thank you for this.
- Focus more on friendships and less on boys // dating.
- Actually take Drivers Ed at a school, as opposed to online with your mom. This will save a million fights and a lot of tears.
- Make sure that summer vacation to Florida with all of your friends actually goes through. This will be the most memorable vacation of your life.
- Cherish your friendships. At least the ones that really mean something because as an adult, they really are the most important people in your life.