16 Things I Wish I'd Known At 16

16 Things I Wish I'd Known At 16

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1. Life doesn’t revolve around Twitter. The most insightful, funny, and quality conversations don’t need to be restricted to 140 characters or less. Deleting this app will be one of the best decisions of your high school career.

2. Your part-time job may not be how you want to spend your Sunday afternoons, the pay may be the bare minimum, and you may not get along with all of your coworkers, but your hours will become more flexible, you’ll get a raise, and you’ll also meet some great coworkers. Plus, you have some extra money saved up for college.

3. Watching Grey’s Anatomy absolutely does not qualify you to be surgeon. Also, doctors in real life are not that toned.

4. A driver’s license is the most exciting new freedom right now, but gas will also suck your wallet dry (carpool with friends AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE).

5. Brandy Melville shirts are overpriced, only trendy for about two seconds, and you will match basically every girl at your school– not worth your money.

6. How “cool” you are has nothing to do with how many people like your Instagram picture. Seriously, stop checking your notifications.

7. Sometimes, the strictest teachers are the best teachers. Timed quizzes in Chemistry will benefit you much more than the Friday Riddles in English.

8. Braces are both temporary and totally worth it. They’ll be off soon enough, so don’t feel embarrassed to smile with your teeth in pictures.

9. The grades you earn in school may or may not be accurate reflections of your learning. Make sure you know which is more important. And, for Godsake, quit stressing over your biology grade.

10. The best friends are the weirdest friends. Don’t settle.

11. Wearing Brandy Melville (See #5) and Converse does not make you “soft grunge.” Kendall and Kylie Jenner are not “soft grunge” either, by the way.

12. Résumés build themselves. Arbitrarily joining Key Club will do nothing for you or your résumé. Do what you enjoy, and the awards and accolades will come later.

13. Gossip Girl is not real life. You don’t live in Upper East Side Manhattan, you’re not Blair Waldorf, and Chuck Bass is fictional. XOXO, Gossip Girl.

14. You’re going to be admitted to your dream university, but don’t be afraid to turn it down for something better.

15. Your eyebrows look terrible. Pluck them, fill them in, I don’t care, just fix them.

16. Everything will turn out just fine. You got this, girl. Deep breaths.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

"Get connected for free, with education connection"

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.

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Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.

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Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.

3.Bunnicula

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You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

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You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

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The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

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You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

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The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

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The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

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This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

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Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

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You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

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Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.

14.Go-Gurt

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Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

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Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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