15 Things I Regret NOT Doing In High School

15 Things I Wish I Did In High School, Looking Back From College

It's been three years and I still have a few regrets.


Even though I've been out of high school for almost three years, there are still things that I wish I had done during my time there. It's kind of silly to reminisce about something that I haven't thought about in months, but there's a little voice in the back of my head that wishes I did a few things differently.

While I am beyond happy in college, there are a few things that I can't do here that I should have done in high school.

1. Told my crush I liked him

In high school, I really focused on my studies and friends. I wasn't one that dated or really even talked to boys. Which is why I had a crush on the same guy for nearly a decade and he started dating someone else before I had the chance to tell him. I had planned on telling him at prom, because why not, but he turned out to be kind of a jerk before I had the chance. So, in a way, it worked out for me.

2. Played a sport

I was really into playing basketball. I played it for like six years. But I quit right before high school because I didn't want that kind of pressure and my friends quit too. But part of me has always wondered what could have happened if I stuck with it for four more years.

3. Joined more clubs

I was in yearbook for two years, National Honor Society for two years, Stagecrafters for two-and-a-half, and I wish I did more. While these three groups kept me busy, I think I would have enjoyed high school more if I had participated in more clubs.

4. Cut people out of my life sooner

It's hard to notice toxic people in your life when you're close friends with them. You accept their flaws and move on, but some of those flaws can't be changed. That's how they're wired. Since graduation, I have two best friends stick with me from over thirty people in our group. I knew I was going to lose some friends, but I didn't realize just how many I would lose. I think it would have hurt less if I just cut them out of my life sooner. But I always say, quality over quantity.

5. Started taking college classes sooner

College Credit Plus was a new program for my high school. I started taking college-level courses during my senior year. I only wish I took more advantage of this program and gotten more credits out of the way before I got to my university. I am thankful I got a little over 20 completed, but it would have been awesome to have more.

6. Asked my teachers for help on assignments

I was the kind of person that refused to ask teachers for help. If I was struggling in math or science, I would try to figure it out myself and do anything but ask the teacher for help. I was under the impression that my teachers would laugh at my stupidity and I always felt dumb asking for help. So, instead, I struggled and so did my grades. If I had just pushed myself to get help, I would have felt better about myself and my grades.

7. Branched out and talked to more people

I wasn't popular per se in school, but I knew everybody's names, and everyone knew me. Just another perk of having a graduating class of 139. But I knew people that were friends were everyone. I wish I was one of those people. I wish I talked to more people and just made them my acquaintances and not just my peers.

8. Had a better job

I think most high schoolers can relate to hating their high school job, especially when you can only work so few hours. I only worked eight hours a week during the school year, and over 30 in the summer. I think if I started my work life in a place I actually enjoyed, I think that would have made working just a little more bearable.

9. Gotten my driver's license sooner

I didn't get my license until the day before I moved into my freshman college dorm. When you have a handful of friends in your group that have their licenses and live in a smallish town, I didn't see the point to have my license. But I think that if I actually went through driving school and got the proper training (sorry Mom), I would have been a more confident driver and would have driven on the highway much sooner.

10. Loved myself a little more

I spent all of high school hating myself and thinking I was fat. Just imagine what that did for my self-confidence. I had a depressive phase during ninth grade, and I always complained about my size. Even when I was working out regularly and taking the necessary means to better my health. By the time I got to college, sure, I gained the freshman twenty, but I feel better about myself because I try to work out regularly and eat as healthy as I can on a budget. Thinking about yourself in a negative light is never good, and I wish I hadn't.

11. Cared a little less of what people thought of me

Now, this might sound a little hypocritical, but I still care about what people think about me. In high school, it's hard not to. When you're surrounded by the same people every day and you hear rumors about people, it's hard not to wonder what these people think of you. In college, it's a little different in the sense that there are nearly 20,000 people on my campus and really only the people in my major, organizations, and roommates know who I am. And that has given me a little more freedom to not give a sh*t about what people think of me. Somedays it's harder than others, but I am still working towards not caring at all.

12. Spent more nights hanging with friends

It's hard to spend time with friends when you don't have your license, but I still wish there were more sleepovers and parties. And a party in the sense of a bonfire, truth or dare, scavenger hunts, etc. just simple fun like that. Scheduling these things were so much easier in high school, and you can never have enough sleepovers!

13. Looked at different college majors before picking mine

I started my college career in the Accounting field. I took business classes for a year-and-a-half before I finally figured out, I hated it. Then came the scary task of figuring out what I wanted to major in: teaching, English, something with writing, general business. I made several advising appointments and met with all kinds of advisors about topics I was interested in. I wanted to find something I could finish within four years and had something to do with writing. Journalism was suggested and I've been much happier ever since.

I was a junior in high school when I decided to go for accounting. I didn't think I would change my mind, I was content with that major. But there is a difference between thinking about the major and actually doing it. The doing it part was difficult and I couldn't see myself doing business for the rest of my life. Whereas writing had already been a passion of mine, and the switch has really turned my college career around.

14. Pushed myself to be more adventurous

This has kinda been said already. I just think it's really important. But just joining more clubs, meeting more people, taking chances, and living the best high school life is super important. College is excellent and so much fun, but it is completely different than high school. And having these experiences in high school can make the transition to college life definitely makes it easier.

15. Enjoyed it more

When I look back at my time in high school, it's filled with bad memories. But there were a few years that were really enjoyable and with the two people that are constants in my life by my side really made it a lot worse than I thought. When you find your people, you stick with them until forever. I, of course, can't change anything about my high school experience except my mindset. Starting with that can really turn my experience around, and that is something I need to work on. But also keep in mind, that exciting things are coming, and they'll be here before you know it!

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.


To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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10 Things I Will Always Miss About High School

High School truly is the glory days.


It's been 5 years now since I graduated from Beauregard High School. That's crazy to me! I wish all the time I could go back. There are plenty of great memories I have. As for you kids still in high school, your gonna wish you could go back no matter how much you want out of that hell hole.

Trust me, my high school was a hellhole but the greatest place at the same time.

1. Life was simple

All you had to do was show up, hang out, and do some class work and boom you're done. No dealing with bills, no paying for an apartment or house, no having to get a full-time job or having to do crazy college assignments or clinical.

2. You got to see friends everyday

I was told by one of my best friends that graduated two years before I did that once me and a couple other guys graduate, it's all gonna change. It definitely did. You don't see your school friends every day and you don't see your best friends as often. I moved away for college and another one of our best friends moved away for work. We see each other and have great times still. Then I see high school buddies whenever I'm around town and catch up some but it's just not the same.

3. The teachers

Yes, I said it. You will miss the teachers. You'll miss the fun teachers and the hard teachers. I had teachers who had daughters in the class under me and they were some of my best teachers along with my coaches. One teacher I remember everyone hated but I loved him, even though he was a hard history teacher. He was just challenging us to do a better job and I thank him still for that.

4. Shop

This won't hit the girls as much as the guys but the shop was where it was at. Crazy ass things happened in there from rebuilding an engine, catching on fire welding, or frying some chicken/grilling steak in the middle of the shop. I believe every guy should take shop and enjoy it and I bet you'll miss it. I saw a buddy I had shop classes off and on with all four years the other day and had a great time catching up talking about the fun times.

5. Sports

Whether you played sports or watched the games you'll miss it. Being under the lights on Friday night or being on the diamond is a great feeling until the day you end up on the sideline or the dugout coaching. For others, it's cheering on your friends and classmates. It just feels different when you see these people in class or the hallway every day and then see them play a big game.

6. Pep Rally’s 

I know some people hated pep rally's and wouldn't show but for others, it was a great time to go bat shit crazy at school. I loved pep rally's and even won most school spirit senior year by wearing some crazy outfits and painting myself crazy colors.

7. Homecoming week

For my school, homecoming week gave us a week to dress up as crazy as possible. I won one day every year. The unfortunate part is I could've won more but the most we could win was one day a week. Then there were the homecoming pep rally games. I'm a big guy — 6'6", 280 lbs — so I was always put in the tug of war and typically held my own.

8. The lunches

Yes, everyone's favorite period. The tables where the real shit happens. The food wasn't all that great except pizza day. But getting to eat lunch with friends every day was great. Then there was the sneaking to the gas station right down the street and hoping you don't get caught.

9. The principal 

At my school, we have a principal who's been there longer than the high school itself. Ole Dickie Brown has either coached or been principal of everyone's parents at the school. Then he loves the pep rally's more than the students and doing two bits.

10. The bus rides

For those that rode the bus once you get to high school, you're the high class back of the bus students that everyone looks up to. It's also the wildest spot on the bus.

There are many other reasons and more in-depth details on why you will miss high school but these are my top 10. My best advice is to enjoy your time in school and when you're young because it goes by quick and then life happens.

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