11 Things We Wish We Would've Done Before We Left High School

11 Things We Wish We Would've Done Before We Left High School

Before you know it high school is over, and sometimes you can't help but think about what you missed along the way.


Most of us remember high school as the SATs, trying desperately to find a date to the prom, and (finally) graduating next to all your best friends. Although we spent our time there wishing we were out, once it's over some of us are left thinking about what we could've done. So, I asked some college students: what were some of the biggest things you wish you would have done in high school?

1. Try out or stay on a sports team.

"Some sports! Actually would've liked to be part of a team or have been more active in clubs"

-Eunice Woo, freshman Public Health Biology major

"Stayed in a sport"

-Peter Erikson, sophomore Video Game Design major

2. Talked to different people outside of normal friend groups

"I wish I talked to more people from my grade. We're all really friendly with each other now, but in high school, we were super cliquey even if we weren't trying to be"

-Jacqui Napier, sophomore Early Childhood Education major

"I went to a small private school. I wish I'd been kinder to the people everyone else ignored, the people who sat by themselves at lunch. I wish I'd tried better to reach out to them"

-Netanya B, sophomore English Literature major

3. Strayed from trouble

"I wish I had stayed out of trouble. I had some really close calls that could have ruined my life"

-Anonymous, senior Nutrition major

4. Been more confident about our self-image

"I wish I hadn't worried so much about how much I weighed. I wish I hadn't restricted myself from certain foods and wish I hadn't convinced myself that I was worthless because I was 'overweight' according to society. It kept me from being involved with events in school and being social because I was embarrassed of how I looked"

-Emma P, sophomore English major

5. Been more confident in general

"Been more outspoken and less shy"

-Ashlyn Bushey, sophomore Music Education major

6. Jumped into clubs earlier

"Gotten involved in theater earlier. I always regret jumping in in my junior year"

-Erin Mecchi, sophomore Early Grades Education major

7. Gone to more high school events

"I wish I would've done all the stereotypical high school things. Dances, football games, pep rallies, etc."

-Alex Nalevanko, freshman Marketing major

8. Tried out for new opportunities, no matter how much they scare us

"I wish that I was in the musical/plays in high school. I was so shy… I froze and had no voice when I tried out"

-Anonymous, former Communications major

9. Stepped outside the library more often

"Do more fun things! I was always studying so I almost never did anything social or fun!"

-Hally Everett, sophomore Nursing major

10. Spent more time dating ourselves instead of other people

"Stayed single"

-Abigail Hadfield, sophomore Creative Writing major

11. Gotten to know more of their teachers as well as students

"I wish I had gotten to know my teachers more personally, and I wish I cared less about social status so I could have made friends with more kinds of students"

-JV Saddic, junior Computer Science major

In the end, you can't go back to high school. For all current students, whether you're in high school or college, try to experience what you can while you're there. Go out for clubs that you might not like, reach out to people you're scared to talk to, and embrace yourself for who you are in the moment, because before you know it, this stage of your life will already be done.

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The Coach That Killed My Passion

An open letter to the coach that made me hate a sport I once loved.

I fell in love with the game in second grade.

I lived for every practice and every game. I lived for the countless hours in the gym or my driveway perfecting every shot, every pass, and every move I could think of. Every night after dinner, I would go shoot and would not allow myself to go inside until I hit a hundred shots. I had a desire to play, to get better and to be the best basketball player I could possibly be.

I had many coaches between church leagues, rec leagues, personal coaches, basketball camps, middle school, and high school. Most of the coaches I had the opportunity to play for had a passion for the game like I did. They inspired me to never stop working. They would tell me I had a natural ability. I took pride in knowing that I worked hard and I took pride in the compliments that I got from my coaches and other parents. I always looked forward to the drills and, believe it or not, I even looked forward to the running. These coaches had a desire to teach, and I had a desire to learn through every good and bad thing that happened during many seasons. Thank you to the coaches that coached and supported me through the years.

SEE ALSO: My Regrets From My Time As A College Softball Player

Along with the good coaches, are a few bad coaches. These are the coaches that focused on favorites instead of the good of the entire team. I had coaches that no matter how hard I worked, it would never be good enough for them. I had coaches that would take insults too far on the court and in the classroom.

I had coaches that killed my passion and love for the game of basketball.

When a passion dies, it is quite possibly the most heartbreaking thing ever. A desire you once had to play every second of the day is gone, it turns into dreading every practice and game. It turns into leaving every game with earphones in so other parents don't talk to you about it. It meant dreading school the next day due to everyone talking about the previous game. My passion was destroyed when a coach looked at me in the eyes and said, "You could go to any other school and start varsity, but you just can't play for me."

SEE ALSO: Should College Athletes Be Limited To One Sport?

Looking back now at the amount of tears shed after practices and games, I just want to say to this coach:

Making me feel bad about myself doesn't make me want to play and work hard for you, whether in the classroom or on the court. Telling me that, "Hard work always pays off," and not keeping that word doesn't make me want to work hard either. I spent every minute of the day focusing on making sure you didn't see the pain that I felt, and all of my energy was put towards that fake smile when I said I was OK with how you treated me. There are not words for the feeling I got when parents of teammates asked why I didn't play more or why I got pulled after one mistake, I simply didn't have an answer. The way you made me feel about myself and my ability to play ball made me hate myself, not only did you make me doubt my ability to play, but you also turned my teammates against me to where they didn't trust my abilities. I would not wish the pain you caused me on my greatest enemy. I pray that one day, eventually, when all of your players quit coming back that you realize that it isn't all about winning records. It's about the players.

You can have winning records without a good coach if you have a good team, but you won't have a team if you can't treat players with the respect they deserve.

SEE ALSO: To The Little Girl Picking Up A Basketball For The First Time

Cover Image Credit: Equality Charter School

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To The Senior Who Thinks They WON'T Miss High School, You're So Wrong

It's hard to imagine you will miss a place like high school, but believe me, you will.


I am writing this letter because, yes, this was me.

I could not wait to get out of high school. I hated the monotony of all my classes. I hated teachers who assigned busy work just to try to make it through the 50-minute class period. I hated being told when I could eat when I could leave and what I could wear.

I couldn't wait to graduate and get to college. The thought of creating a schedule for myself and getting to choose the classes I take seemed too good to be true. I continued to see people become sad at the end of high school and I couldn't help but think, "How could I ever miss high school?"

The truth is, you don't. I don't miss all the torturous monotony of high school, but it is naive of me to say that I don't miss some things.

To the tough guy like me who thinks you will graduate and never look back, here's what you will miss.

You will miss your friends.

Chances are more than 50 percent of your friends will not be going to the same college as you. Even the ones that do go to the same school will most likely have different majors than you, and let's face it— they might as well be a world away. You'll begin to appreciate your high school friends more and more. After all, those are the friends who knew and loved you through your awkward phase.

You will miss your teachers.

Until I got to college, I never realized how meaningful the relationships I had built with my high school teachers were. In college, you lose the environment where all of your teachers knew your name. While you might not miss certain high school teachers, you will miss the ones with which you built important personal relationships.

You will miss your family.

The family is involved in your high school career way more than you expect. Parent nights, grandparents' day, extracurricular activities. Your family, immediate and extended, are involved in your high school career in so many ways. When you get to college, you realize that it's all upon you. You won't have a parent signing all of your failed math tests. You won't always have a parent at your extracurricular activities.

You won't miss high school. You will miss the amazing people around you that helped you make it through your four torturous years of high school. So, if you're a graduating senior or even underclassmen, take a moment to appreciate the people in your life right now, because I guarantee you will miss them.

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