No one ever looks good
in the bathroom mirrors. The fluorescent
lighting and dingy walls do no one justice.
You probably look just fine.
Stop checking yourself out in the mirror and go back to class.
If you’re going to be
late, make it count.
Never sacrifice your
health for homework. Go to sleep,
dammit! And it’s rare that any homework that
was finished after 2 AM was done correctly.
Always carry food on
you. Whether you have to stay after
school later than expected, or you need a sugar burst to get you through that
algebra class, you’ll want that emergency food.
Always have money with
As a freshmen, find
friendly upperclassmen. They give you
rides and life hacks.
It’s okay to sit at a
lunch table alone. People trying to
squeeze in sixteen people at a table look ridiculous. Be a nonconformist, start your own lunch
table colony. Trust me, at a crowded
lunch, other people will join you, and you’ll meet some pretty awesome people
by sitting at different tables.
Never, ever, let people
know that you have gum.
There’ll be classes
that you simply can’t stay awake in.
your emergency food.
up to blow your nose, taking an extra-long time to do so, as you focus on
your legs under your desk.
look at the clock. It will make things
your hand and ask a question.
Don’t get into fights
on social media. The whole school will
know by homeroom the next day.
To be honest, without prior preparation, any studying done while the teacher is handing out the test probably won't get you too far.
It pays to make friends
with staff and administration.
If you are struggling
in a class, or you are not the best off with a teacher, invite them to one of
your sports events or plays or concerts.
It’s hard to fail someone once you really get to know them.
Don’t wait until your
senior year to join clubs and participate in school events.
Everyone is fighting
some sort of battle. Everyone has
problems of their own, from your mean teacher, to the “little miss perfect”
class president, to a classmate you’ve been at odds with since middle school.
“Study for the test
tomorrow” doesn’t mean “no homework”.
Don’t lend money to anyone unless
you see that person every day. I have
about thirty dollars that I never saw again.
Don’t order a pizza if
you only have twenty minutes to eat.
Start looking at
colleges before the fall of your
Follow the lab
instructions. Wear goggles. And add the acid to the water, not the other way
around. Waft chemicals.
Always change for gym
Take one fun
class. Even with a demanding schedule,
take that one college prep class in public speaking, or that cooking class that really caught your eye.
People who do drugs or party often are not automatically bad people. That said, don’t do drugs, kids.
Co-ed health classes
are going to be awkward. It’s a fact of