5 Things Every High School Freshman Needs To Know

5 Things Every High School Freshman Needs To Know

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

It’s been quite some time since I was a freshman in high school, and there are a few things I wish people told me. Well, let me correct myself, a lot of these things I was told, but I never actually took them seriously.

You are going to hear a million times to treasure each moment because before you know it you are going to be looking around and wondering where all the time went.

1. Don’t stress the little things

The big problems you are facing now will seem so tiny in a few years. I remember failing a test and crying about it for hours, fights with my friends felt like the end of the world and when boys didn’t notice me I felt like I wasn’t good enough. Looking back at all those times, I realize that things may seem huge in the moment but as my mom always said, “this too shall pass.”

2. Try in school

Wow! I wish I tried as hard as I did in high school as I do now. Go to extra help or office hours and get to know your teachers. These are things I definitely miss and try to do in college. Enjoy being in a 30-person class instead of 300. Take advantage of what you can to learn now.

Trust me, it will make your future that much easier. You will use that information that seems irrelevant to your life.

3. Focus on friends

High school relationships aren’t guaranteed to last forever, and cliques don’t always stay together but good friendships often do. I don’t know what I would do without my high school friends. I talk to them each and every day, and they get me through things I could never get through on my own.

4. Get involved

The clubs, groups, and organizations I got involved in became another support system for me. I found what I liked and disliked and met some amazing people along the way.

Around junior year, I found a few things I was really passionate about. It took many, many, many tries for me to find them! Go and try new things until you find one you love!

5. SERIOUSLY, treasure every moment

These are the times you are going to tell your kids about, memories that stay with you forever. I know four years seems like a lot, but I promise the time just flies by. Just ask the seniors at your school. I’m sure they will tell you the same thing. High school is something pretty special.

You start off young and nervous and all of a sudden you grow up, and you’re off. Take advantage of these years. I’m not saying it’ll be easy. I’m saying it’ll be worth it.

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Cook Outs And 9 Other Summertime Activities

Bike rides or cruises? Your choice

Almost everyone loves summer time. Beach vacations, car rides with the windows down and pool days. There are many fun activities for almost everybody to enjoy in the heat!

1. Cruises with your best friends

One of the absolute most fun things to do is go on a car ride with the people you love with the most! Find a road, roll your windows down and play your favorite songs on full volume. This is one of the best things you can in the summer when the sun is setting for as long as you want.

2. Music Concerts/Festivals

If you're a lover of music, find a friend just like you. Concerts are always the best in the summertime. Grab your favorite summer outfit, music buddy and hit the road to go to a concert and have some fun in the sun.

3. Pool Parties

Who doesn't love swimming when the sun is blazing hot? Pool parties, or even going to a lake or pond is the best way to beat the heat. Apply sunscreen, (unless you don't burn easily), grab some fruit and water and hit the pool for the day!

4. Tie Dye

Have a plain white shirt? or even shorts or a headband? Go to the store and grab your favorite tie-dye colors and start making your own clothes. Tie Dye is one of the most fun and simplest things you can do when you're just sitting at home looking for something fun to do.

5. Cook-outs

Food made outside always tastes the best in summer. Have your best friends, and even family members out for dinner and grill out. Hamburgers and hotdogs are always a must to have at these! Throw in a little fruit and some dips and you're all set

6. Paint Fight

One of the most unusual fights, but the best. Fill up water guns and balloons with paint. This is a great way to have fun, and it makes for super cute artsy pictures after!

7. Hiking Trips

Not everybody loves to walk, but you can make it. Find a trail close to where you live and grab a group of friends. You can find the coolest scenery and take super cute pictures to always have with you

8. Camping

Camping is one of the best things you can do with friends or family. If you have a camper, great. If you just have tents, that's just as great. Go to any place you want that you can camp at, and make the most of it. Camping close to a lake is always better because you will get to swim all day in the sun and then sit out at a campfire by the lake that night. (you'll also get to see the stars)

9. Movie nights outside

Plan a night one night with your closest friends and set up a screen outside. You can hook up a projector watch your favorite movies on a big screen and have the joy of being outdoors

10. Bike rides

Grab your bikes and don't even bother pulling up a GPS. Start riding your bike and go for as long as you want! Plan on stopping for ice-cream or drinks at least sometime during the day! Bike rides can be peaceful and might just be what you need for the day.

Summertime is one of the best times of the year. Make the best of it and do what makes you happy. You don't always have to take pictures to remember all of the fun times you had!

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I'm A 20-Year-Old Virgin And I'm Having More Fun Than My Deflowered Friends

I get it, sex is “fun” but I wouldn’t know.

If you know me then you know I’m not a prude and I fully support getting some. I WILL be your hype man. I just don’t feel the need to partake in the actual activity. That’s just who I am at this point in my life.

I'm not your typical virgin.

I guess I’m not your typical virgin because generally when someone finds out they’re initially in disbelief and sometimes it takes a little convincing until they actually believe me. Which I get, I’m loud, obnoxious, intimidating, and very far from shy. For whatever reason virgins are portrayed as frail, timid creatures. Well, news flash- we’re not. We look and act like you. Just like that horror movie where there are aliens among the humans and you can’t tell who’s an actual person. It’s like that, you’d never even know.

Not trying to toot my own horn but I’ve had plenty of opportunities to lose it.

But let’s be serious, I don’t like losing.

I’ve been told that once you lose "it" you crave it. Like you go crazy for it. Let’s all just thank the heavens above that that has happened to me yet because I don’t have enough time in my day to worry about that.

I’m currently thriving and living my best life.

When I go out with my friends I don’t worry about who I’m going home with, I only worry about having a good time with my friends. I don’t think about sleeping with every attractive person I see and when I’m looking for a potential mate I don’t actually care about the size of their package.

To me, it doesn’t matter.

Since I focus on looking for personalities that click with mine I usually have a better time compared to my deflowered friends. Like okay, awesome, the sex was great. That’s perfect. But what do you do when you’re not fooling around? I appreciate a good conversation.

Now, I’m not saying that’s all I’m looking for because let’s be honest, how attractive you are to someone does matter, and if you think it doesn’t you’re lying.

If you think I’m a goody-goody or insecure you should really get to know me.

I’m totally comfortable with my body and my sexuality. I don’t hide my truth and if you ask me any questions I’ll answer completely honestly. I was lucky enough to be raised by parents who were always honest and answered any questions I could think of. I know not everyone is that lucky. Shout-out to Susan and Darrell.

If you’re a virgin and you’re reading this, just know I’m right there with you!

If you’re waiting for marriage or until you find the love of your life, that’s honestly so great. That’s not really who I am though, I’m not waiting for a particular person, day, or moment. I’m not afraid to do it, I’m waiting until I really actually want to, and I just haven’t found that or felt that yet.

For now, I’ll just stick to saying no because let’s be honest. It’s fun saying no. I never have to say yes until I actually want to. This is something that is 100% mine and I get to choose what I do with it, and that’s empowering.

It’s so much easier for me to only worry about myself. Selfish, I know. Here I am, a young, selfish, college student and I’m having the time of my life.

For the males in my life that still keep trying, may the odds be ever in your favor.

And for those of you getting some on the regular, go an extra round for me.

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