You know, I’m currently trying not to lose grasp on things I’ve been dreaming about since I was a kid.
It’s just that… holding on can be equally hard with letting go, or starting something. Nothing is easy. Life isn’t a piece of cake. But people say, when things get tough, remember what was your first reason to be where you are right now.
Wish me good things, conditions, achievements, and bravery? Amen.
I think it is (almost) every girl’s childish dream, to be a princess. To be chaste and kind and pure. So, do boys dream they’d become princes and knights too, with chivalrous attitude and gallantries and goodwill, to protect the girls?
Being referenced as both a place and a time that you’ll not find twice in this world, the term of ‘high school’ provides us enough myths and talks. Try to count how many literary works using high school as its setting and you’d rather saying, “A LOT!” than really counting it.
There are reasons why high school holds special place in our mindset as well as our hearts. It’s a jungle of a place. It’s where social classes of life have their miniatures, and sometimes those miniatures are even more cruel. It’s where you often sit in groups and when you don’t, you can’t help but feeling as a misfit. It’s where people who really struggle with their academic grades got snorted by people who do undignified things to save their own necks. It’s an in-between, and inspiring enough to be everyone’s favorite phase to remember.
So here’s how:
1. Have a definite list of your scale of priorities. Academic grades won’t get you to A-list parties, but they would get you to A-list colleges. Of course, nothing is wrong with hanging out and having fun with your dearest friends. But try not to forget what you dream for your future and stick to it.
2. Make the best of your talent and passion. It’s a sin not listed yet as one the seven deadly sins but actually has to make it there: when you ignore your talent and passion. If you have the chance as early as birds in the morning to be an actual scientist by winning science competitions during high school, why not? If you have the chance to know who are your fellow pianists and there’s a gigantic competition to decide which one is the best among all of you, why not? If you love doing social works or volunteering in Greenpeace events, go for it. If you feel the urge to hold a charity, be the leader and make it happen. Flour and eggs won’t make any tasty pastry until someone really works on it.
3. There’s a big difference between pretending to be sweet than being actually sweet and polite to the teachers. You know which one do you want to choose. And believe me, your friends also know which one of the two they want to encounter. There’s nothing more annoying than being called as attention-seeker… except when you realize that you’re actually one.
4. Befriend those who make you feel comfortable. Three years is an awfully long time to mingle with people who make you doubt yourself or your jeans size.
5. Behave. Behave, and people won’t have any reason to disrespect you. Behave, and people won’t see you as an outcast or a threat. Behave, because it never hurts to be kind to everyone.
It’s purely your decision whether you want to get out from your high school feeling proud and accomplished, or you want to sit in your graduation day and think, “I haven’t done anything.” It’s important to consider everything, and it’s important to make a decision out from that thought, and it’s the most important to act on it.
So good luck on surviving your high school!