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The Ultimate High School Survival Guide


Everything you need to know in order to thrive in the upcoming years

Being in high school is like fighting a bear – except instead of fighting it’s doing homework and instead of a bear it’s a teacher. It can be tempting to poke the bear, but it’ll bring you nothing but trouble. Sometimes, however, you have to take a risk and take things head on. Though this may seem a daunting task, there are some simple tips that may help you survive the coming years in this wilderness.

Rule one of high school: be prepared for anything that might come your way. Whether it’s taking a test, writing a timed essay, or running the mile in gym, make sure you have everything you need to complete these challenges as well as being mentally, physically, and emotionally prepared. Though it may seem impossible at times, attempting to get a full night of sleep before any task is always a good idea. Remembering to charge your chromebook is a must and carrying a big eraser never hurt anyone.

You will inevitably come to an endeavor that appears like your life’s greatest crisis, which brings us to our next rules: ditch the drama and surround yourself with positive friends. Be sure to keep in mind that drama never helped anyone to survive this jungle. Try to keep a positive attitude with trusted companions at your side. Having a dependable friend or two is vital to survival as no one can really survive on their own. (Pro tip: if you could use a new friend, pulling out a pack of gum will instantly lure in a new wave of faces.)

Sophomore Jaclyn DiMatteo provides a bit of her own advice on this. “I just think that you should put yourself out there,” she says. “Try not to keep yourself so secluded.”

DiMatteo reminds everyone of the most important rule of high school: enjoy your time here! “I wish I had joined a club,” she says. “It’s a great opportunity to meet more people and make new friends.” She reminds us that so many opportunities are ahead, so be sure to take advantage of your time. While getting good grades is important, having a good mood and strong mental health is as well. Be sure to have fun and give yourself time to relax, but don’t be afraid to be brave, be bold, and try new things!

Stick to these guidelines and you are sure to make it out of your high school years unscathed – mostly, anyways.

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