9 Rock-Bottom "I Wish" Moments Of Every High School Student

9 Rock-Bottom "I Wish" Moments Of Every High School Student

Some things just never change.

"I wish I did this! I should have taken that class! Why didn't I finish my homework? How do you do this trig problem? Help! I don't understand!" Take a glimpse into an average high school dialogue. Questions upon questions topped with a sprinkle of flattery and disappointment characterize my ever changing mood from a jolly joke machine to a deary ominous cloud. Unfortunately, some struggles never seem to change....

1. When what you say doesn't run as smoothly as it sounded in your head...

Remember that Socratic seminar you barely passed? One of my worst fears, public speaking, compounded with the pressure to earn a 100 for a grade simply leaves me a puddled mess at the end of the day. Whether it's talking about a crush or an important conversation, nothing ever seems to turn out just the way I imagine it to be.

2. When you don't live up to your teacher's expectations

As I scroll down my daily grade report, I cringe as my latest test score pops up. A 66?! How is it possible? I thought I knew what I was doing?? Sometimes, life takes a sudden turn of events for the worse at the best possible time, and my heart sinks when I think about how disappointed my teacher must be feel. From then on, I realize that the most crippling situation is one I have no idea how to fix.

3. When you don't feel appreciated for your hard work

The clock strikes two, and my eyes droop with sleep. My handwriting blurs into a flurry of crooked lines, and my sentences begin to dance upon the paper. Then, as my head slips off my propped hand, I snap awake. I. Have. To. Finish. On many occasions, I find myself putting my heart and soul into an important paper and project, only for it to be returned with no signs of teacher feedback on how well the content of the assignment correlates with the rubric. Then, what is the point?

4. When people ask for answers you spent hours on finding, but you don't want to be mean

"Hey, can I see the reading notes for today?" Reluctantly, I ask them which question they need help on. "Like the last five. Please?!" Rolling my eyes, I quickly summarize the answers to the questions, perhaps leaving out some essential information and quickly return to what I was doing. "Hey, how did you do number five? I don't understand." Once again, I turn around and politely explain the steps I took to reach the answer. People who depend on others to do their work are simply causing their own downfall whereas those who pursue help to reach their goal are more likely to be successful.

5. When people who take more core classes somehow earn a higher GPA

Today, those who put less effort into their classes seem to be the ones who excel those who suffer through four or five AP classes. While the classes are less challenging, those who spend extra hours of their day taking online classes, such as Spanish or civics, end up with a lower GPA than those who simply dedicate their time to school hours. Adding fuel to the fire with the current state of competition, the relentless drive to valedictorian or salutatorian begins a vicious cycle of secrecy and blackmail.

6. When you accidentally make some careless mistakes to sabotage your grades

Scantrons are my worst enemy. With each menacing sideways square, my pencil seems to take a mind of its own and begins to skip certain numbers and letters, filling in the wrong sections and giving a wondrous surprise when the test goes in the grade book. Sadly, while grades do not indicate intellect, it may be a sign of carelessness and negligence. Heads up!

7. When you leave your folder at home, but the front office doesn't allow drop offs

My folder is worth a thousand bars of gold. Filled with work from each subject, including my sleepless-night completed assignments, it holds the pathway to a good grade, and for those times when I accidentally leave my treasure at home, that day is never a good day.

8. When you see your friends are achieving great things, and then you suddenly feel like a failure

Whether its becoming valedictorian or simply creating a club, I am also supportive of my friends and their individual greatness, but sometimes, these times become a wake up call to my own life. What can I do to better myself? Instead of constant competition, I can work with myself to come up with something that competes against my own goals rather than the goals of others, and maybe everything will work out?

9. When you find a depressing song that reflects your entire life

Whether it's a sad Sia or Grace Vanderwaal song, there is always one that is the epitome of your high school life. Each and every lyric seems to match each and every "I wish" running through my mind, and unfortunately, this becomes an eye-opener to how much life really sucks.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.


So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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