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Does High School Matter?
Does High School Matter? It doesn't matter in what sense you ask this question, the answer will always be - NO! High school does not matter. It doesn't matter what grades you get in High School, It doesn't matter who your friends are in High School, it doesn't matter who you are in High School. Nothing matters. High School doesn't even shape the person who you're going to become. High School is not going to be the best part of your life (though it's pretty damn fun). So what is High School then? Why is High School so important? Do I really have to say the word High School in every sentence? No I don't, but I will, High School. High School is nothing more than a grown-up daycare. Okay fine maybe it's a bit more than that, but really when it comes down to it that's really how it seems. Your real education comes after you graduate from High School. You experience real life after you leave High School. You become the person you are going to be for the rest of your life, after you leave High School. Does this necessarily mean all this happens in College? No. It can be anywhere and anything. The point I'm getting at is, after High School is when you experience true freedom.
Enjoy High School While it Lasts
I know far too many people who stressed out way more than they should have during high school. I mean, I've known people who stressed out during middle school. These people don't realize that the time they should really be enjoying is time they are wasting by studying. Yes, studying is a waste of time! I don't mean to be a negative influence on any High School kids who read this. By all means, I'm not saying stop caring or drop out of school altogether. Basically, I'm targeting this towards the over-achievers in High School. Dude, you're like 16 relax! This is the time when you don't have a lot of responsibilities, where you can just do whatever you want without facing any real consequences!
Basically, I was one of those people in High School that got distracted by way too many things, and so didn't really care too much about my grades. I mean, I passed most of the courses. I only failed one math class and made it up in summer school and that was the end of that. Math is stupid anyways so whatever. But what I'm getting at is oh so what if I failed a math class, it's not the end of the world. I failed so many tests in High School it's not even funny. But I guess I always got back on track at the right times (like final exams) and at the very least passed my classes. I didn't get great marks, and I didn't get terrible ones. I'd say most of them were around the class average. I did the bare minimum of homework, but I still made it through High School learning the important stuff. I struggled but I still made it into a good University.
Old Habits Die Hard
Most people regret working too hard in High School, but if I had to pick one thing I regret about High School is my work ethic. I didn't develop it at all in High School, and it's really haunting my in University. I have loads of things I could be doing for school right now, but instead I'm writing this. I'm not good at planning out time for studying at all, and then before I know it it's exam time and BAM I have to read the whole 500 page textbook and learn everything for the exam! Unlike High School, cramming for University exams doesn't cut it. I've started my 4th year in this september (2011) and I still can't seem to develop a work ethic. Back in High School I was always like "I'll study when I really need to like college or something" but NO it's not that easy!!
My advice to High School students is this. Have fun and stuff, but try and develop good studying habits! I said nothing really matters in High School and I stand by it, and a lot of people can study when they really need to. But to be on the safe side, just don't ignore studying altogether. I have this thing where I just give up if I feel like I don't have enough time to prepare for a test, and then promise myself I'll study for the next one. That never works, and I still do it! But yeah, that is the one thing that slightly matters in High School. Other than, just have fun.