It's that time of the year again and college move-in day is quickly approaching. Many believe that packing every item in your room at home to bring to school with you seems like a great idea... until you get there and actually have to unload everything into your tiny 12' by 15' room. Don't worry though, because you are not alone, and Michael Scott understands every horrible thought you felt while moving yourself into your dorm.
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Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.
2. New people were a big deal
New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.
3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten
Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.
4. You've had the same teachers over and over
Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.
5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.
Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.
6. Your hair color was a big deal
If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.
7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"
There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.
8. Sports are a big deal
Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.
9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut
If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.
10. Free dress days were like a fashion show
Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.
Your twenties are some of your best years when you truly learn who you are, what you desire, and what you're passionate about. In your twenties, you need to make mistakes; making mistakes not only teaches you lessons but also shows you what you are good at.
Every mistake, believe it or not, has a positive side to it. You also need to find who you are. This is a key factor of your twenties; aside from the growing you will do beyond your twenties, you grow so much in your twenties. Spend time in your twenties discovering yourself, your likes and dislikes, what you find appealing and not in people, what your preferences are, and what your interests are.
Find new hobbies that will mold you more into who you want to be and show you things you never thought you would like. Find the toxicity in your life and remove it; letting the toxicity stay is allowing the toxicity to win. Find the toxicity and don't allow to have a hold on you any longer. Find the things that make you a better person and do more of those things; volunteering at a humane society or soup kitchen are great ways to do this. Find someone to mentor or find a good leadership opportunity.
Spend time with your family, especially during these years, because you are becoming yourself during these years. Spend a lot of time traveling, whether it is to somewhere else in your state, another state, or another country; introduce yourself to different cultures and lifestyles of different places. Find something to believe in and grow in that; I'm a Christian and one of my focuses is strengthening my faith daily. Make plenty of memories during these years and make these years great.
Live your twenties to the fullest and don't look back!