5 Thoughts You Should Leave In High School

5 Thoughts You Should Leave In High School

Just because I thought something in high school, doesn't mean it has to apply in college.

We've all said some things over the years that we definitely didn't mean.

Maybe at the time we said them, they were true, but as we change our abilities do as well. Although I've only been in college for just over a semester, I have quickly come to realize that my collegiate self is different that how I was in high school. So, here are five things you might have said or thought in high school that don't automatically apply to your collegiate self:

1. "I'm awful at *insert subject name here*."

Although I am certainly no math wizard, and don't pretend to be, I also don't think I'm awful at it either. Sure, in high school I definitely talked about my lack of mathematical prowess frequently. Since getting to college I have realized just because I was less than spectacular at a subject in one environment does not mean I can't succeed on a new level. By approaching the subject anew, rather than allowing my past experiences to taint it, I am thus able to give math a fresh start, even if it does lead me to realize once again that I'm pretty awful at it.

2. "I'll do that later - I work better last minute anyway."

Let's be honest, we all procrastinate sometimes. The worst, however, is when you keep pushing something off more and more until you physically don't have the time to complete the assignment. Maybe some people really do work better under pressure, but I still have not yet met that person.

I do my best work with absolutely no rush and being able to complete it in multiple settings. Since getting to college, I've worked hard to remind myself that I am not, in fact, good at procrastinating. I pulled far too many all-nighters in high school to have been any good at it.

3. "Yeah, that's a great opportunity, but I won't get it."

The amount of times I expressed this sentiment in high school were far too numerous. Whenever an awesome opportunity arose, I would try to talk myself out of applying because I thought other people were more deserving. Since getting to college, however, I've tried to shake this negative mindset. If someone is more deserving, then they will get the position. However, it absolutely cannot hurt for me to throw my hat in the ring. There's no way to get a position in the first place if you never even apply for it.

4. "My class rank isn't good enough."

In high school, class rank was super competitive for some people, and others couldn't care any less. In college, however, your high school class rank rarely matters; Seriously, its not even on my resumé. Although class rank might have helped me get into schools (among other criteria), it's just a number that carries very little weight in my daily life.

5. "That grade was so bad there's no way I'm getting into college."

Maybe I was extra dramatic, but every time I did poorly on a high school assessment I would somehow convince myself I had just destroyed my college prospects. Now that I'm in college, this just seems extremely silly to me. Although I got some grades in high school that were less than ideal, I got into the majority of the colleges I applied to. Despite those grades, I now am a college student. One grade doesn't determine an entire future.

Some of the things I thought were true in high school, or thought were the end of the world, weren't that important in the grand scheme of things. Now that I am in college looking back on high school, I am now able to discern just how funny some of the things I thought to be true in high school truly were.

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1. When people are still only friends with their high school friends and nobody else and that confuses you.

You keep up with some of your high school friends but have definitely have branched out and found more friends in college.

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2. When people tweet "Seniors of 2017...don't take a second for granted, one day you'll miss this." And you honestly cannot relate.

I took every moment for granted because I wanted OUT. I have no regrets about my senior year because I was focused on one thing...leaving.

3. You don't understand the graduated college students that still go to the high school sporting events.

Your time is over. It's finished. Please leave the student section, you are a grown adult.

4. When people call high school "the glory days" you get genuinely sick to your stomach.

That? That was my glory days? Waking up at 7am to sit through classes you didn't care about around people you've had to put up with since kindergarten?With a 10:30pm curfew every single night? That was my glory days? No thank you.

5. Songs about growing up don't phase you.

On the way to my graduation, I played the "Graduation" album by Kanye West and blasted it as I screeched into the parking lot for the last time and I honestly never felt happier.

6. Not understanding the tears at graduation.

I honestly think the moment I heard my principal say, "Congratulations to the class of 2016." I had the first genuine smile on my face in four years.

7. The only thing you really miss are the adults you met throughout those four years.

Sure, the students were scum, but some teachers were genuine and made it bearable (shoutout to Chapman, Poore, Bazzell, Woodard, Lanier, Pate, and Dulworth.)

8. You couldn't get paid enough to redo one day of high school.

Ok you're actually a broke college student and money is money but you would never by choice go back for anything.

9. You'll never forget the hype you felt on those last days of high school.

Some people in my class were actually crying and I came in playing "Night Fever" by the BeeGees damn near breaking a SWEAT dancing so aggressively to celebrate the end of high school.

10. You've finally found your place in college.

I've never been so content as I am in college. I found friends that will stick by me, learning about things that interest me, and have all around less anxiety than high school caused me.

Here's to the next years of college that won't drag on like high school did.

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I Never Wanted To Go To College

I never wanted to go to college, but I stayed because I learned some things along the way - who knew.


I went because it's what the family expected from me. It's a step towards a successful career path. And obviously because it's a natural progression from high school. But deep down I never wanted to go because I really found no reason to be there.

In my view if you weren't going into traditional career fields, going to college was an expensive long shot. I was also careful to pay attention to all the people that attended college only to work in fields different from what they originally studied.

I was wary but didn't care so I don't put much thought into it. I applied to a handful of schools and attended the one that was more convenient. Once there I found the whole process disheartening.

I relied heavily on financial aid and felt the interaction and choices I was making were more transactional then enriching. It was just like high school again. Go to class take notes, read the book take the test, rinse and repeat until you get the degree.

That was until I fell into a philosophy class that was really challenging. It was challenging in a way that I hadn't been experienced in a while. I was having trouble understanding the material but desperately wanted to learn it. I read books over and over until the concepts were crystal clear. It also helped that I had a teacher who was passionate about the subject as well.

It kind of changed my whole approach to picking classes. Sure I'd visit the advisors and get their take on how to follow the quickest path to graduation. But I also wanted to be intentional with my course selection and take classes where I would learn as much as I could in topics that interested me.

Whether or not they fit my major. That's the only thing that made going to school worth it. Learning topics that change how I approach life and challenged my thinking. Then I was growing intellectually and not just checking boxes for a degree.

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