Why High School Doesn't Matter At All

Why High School Doesn't Matter At All

I’m not living my life in the past — I’m just living.
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This is probably an unpopular opinion if you’re still in high school or you just graduated, but high doesn’t matter at all. When I say that I’m not trying to discount all the friends I made or my experiences because I love my high school squad. I’m saying who you were in high school, what club you were president of or how popular you were does not matter.

I’m not living my life in the past — I’m just living. I’ve done stupid things like everyone has and I’ve honestly wondered what people think of me when I come back into my high school town. Does any of it really matter? Does it matter that I kissed that boy back in the fall of my senior year or that I had an ongoing conflict with some girl in my class? Not really. High school is petty and you’re petty, too if your high school years are long gone and you’re still all caught up in that sh*t.

I’m here for reminiscing and thinking about the good days when I didn’t have a worry in the world about finals and I always slept a good seven to eight hours a night. I love the senior year days where I didn’t have any homework and I never studied. I miss my class of 2016 homies and weekly senior skip days at the beach, but I’m not living in the past. I loved my high school experiences for what they were. I learned to not let people walk all over me and to just have fun. High school taught me not to care and boy, I used to care. I worried about what every single person thought of me, I apologized for everything and cared about stupid things. The day I graduated was one of the happiest days of my life and it was #relatable to say you hated high school, but I never did. I’m not stuck there either — I moved on with my life.

I'm not saying there is a right way to go about things either. Go to college if you want or don’t. It’s whatever. But, move on because high school is four years and it really doesn’t matter that much. Whether you’re in high school, in college, working or an adult this all applies to you, life is a series of events and you shouldn’t be stuck in one chapter.

Thanks for all the memories, THS class of 2016. I know all of you are kicking butt out there in the world.

Cover Image Credit: Lindsey Ocock

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Mom, This One Is For You As I Leave For College

Thanks for being my best friend.
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Dear Mom,

it feels like yesterday that we were jumping up and down in the kitchen while tears of joy ran down our faces as the college acceptances started rolling in. You tagged along on my campus tours and wrote the pros and cons while I listed them off as I paced back and forth trying to make the decision of where my home would be the next four years. As six months till move in day has now turned into less than two weeks I just have a few things to say:

First, I'm going to miss you! Yes, I reminded you every couple of days how close we were to move in day and I've said several times that I can't wait to start this new chapter in my life but, I'm a lot sadder than I let on. In the midst of my excitement I have ignored the thought of not being able to see you everyday, being able to sing in the car with you to the songs we know we can kill, eating popcorn while watching Grey's Anatomy on Thursday nights, or even something as simple as sharing a meal with you.

Secondly, I want you to know how much I appreciate you. Mom, I appreciate everything you have done for me thus far in life. I appreciate you dealing with the stressful side of me that came out while dorm shopping, when I know I didn't make it easy. Thank you loving me and encouraging me these past several years that made me into the person I am today. I am grateful for the sacrifices you have made and will probably make in the future with my best interest in mind. I feel so blessed that you are my sunshine on my cloudy days.

Third, I want to apologize in advance. I know there will be times I'm too busy to come home some weekends or even talk for an hour, despite really wanting to. There will be days filled with stress when I don't want you to know about the test I failed earlier that day or about the argument I had my boyfriend or roommate. Don't take any sass or delayed texts to heart, because you know I'll always call you back, I'll always break down and need your direction, and I'll always need to hear your voice.

One last thing, you will always be my best friend. You are the person who I get all of my advice from and the one who can make me laugh when all I want to do is cry. You turn my bad days into great ones. I can't wait to make you proud as I continue my education and start this new chapter in my life but, I hope you know it's all because of you. Your constant love, support, mother-daughter meals, advice, jam sessions in the car, hugs while I've cried and laughs to make me smile have all made me the person I am today. A person proud to be your daughter and a person who's ready to start college. So, mom, this one is for you!

Thank you!

With love,

Your Daughter.

P.S. thank God for FaceTime, am I right?

Cover Image Credit: Hayley Hughes

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