High School Is The Best Time Of Your Life

High School Is The Best Time Of Your Life

Oh, how I miss spending my hours studying subjects that had absolutely no interest to me.
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I remember how naive I was in high school. I yearned for the future to come as quickly as possible and fantasized about the amazing life I would make for myself. Dreams were big, hopes were high, and I was blissfully unaware of the dark reality that follows our primary education.

Adults would scold me every time I complained about high school. "High school is the best years of your life," they would insist. "Eventually you'll realize how much you miss these times," they would scold.

Little did I know, they were right. After a mere two years of college, I have already come to the understanding that high school truly was the best time of my life.

I took for granted the life I had in high school. If only I appreciated the incessant hours of studying and homework that consumed my time. Perhaps I shouldn't have wasted it preparing for college and my future but spent it enjoying every moment instead. So what if I didn't get accepted into good universities and get scholarships? Was that really worth the sacrifice of wasting away the best years of my life? The answer is a certain "no."

You might be wondering what exactly makes my life now so bad and why I don't see it getting any better in the years to come. The reasons are endless, but all revolve around a central concept that adults warned me of long ago: responsibility.

I shudder every time I hear that word. Although I thought that I learned the weight of responsibility in high school, I was wrong. Now, in college, I have so much more to worry about. I have to remember to set an alarm to wake up, go to class, feed myself, and buy what I need from the store all by myself. Nope, no more parents around 24/7. How have I been surviving?

Oh, I haven't gotten to the worst part yet: I have to work to earn money. Yep, no more summer breaks-- I've been working my summer away with two jobs. Working jobs that relate to my career goals and that I truly enjoy is an absolute struggle. I can't even imagine spending the rest of my life doing that. If only I could go back to studying subjects that have just about no interest to me!

To those of you who warned me of what was ahead, I want to thank you. While your words were truly depressing and almost drained me of hope for the future, I should have known that you were right. Maybe I would have been more prepared for what was to come. The bountiful opportunities that are coming my way in college and the chances to meet so many amazing new people are just too much to handle.

On the other hand, to those of you who told me that things will get better, I wonder why you felt the need to lie to me. I know you thought that you were helping, and your words did comfort me at the time, but now I realize how false they were.

None of my friends are thriving in early adulthood. Not all of them are miserable, but even though they are finally studying what interests them and working toward the life they always dreamed of, surely they would all agree that nothing beats high school. So lastly, to all you high school kids out there, treasure each and every minute of these days, and don't expect anything better to come.

Cover Image Credit: Petya McNeal

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

Cover Image Credit: Megan Beavers Photography

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10 Special Places In Your Hometown You Can't Wait To Revisit When The Semester Is Over

I can't wait to go home!

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Everyone has their favorite local spots that they love in their hometown. These could be famous staples that everyone knows about, or your little getaway when life was hitting you hard growing up. Since being away from home I never understood how important they were to me until I wasn't there. It doesn't matter if you live in Maine or California, everyone has their spot or multiple spots.

Here is a list of 10 places that you will stop at once you get home.

1. Your Favorite Local Restaurant(s)

This restaurant or restaurants always come through whenever you want to eat your favorite food(s). It always made everything to perfection, and nearly every person knows your name in there.

2. Coffee Shop

The place that you always can meet your friends, or a quite place to get work done.

3. High School 

Going back to your local high school is always a positive walk down memory lane to see all your old teachers, and people that affected your life for the better.

4. Friends' Houses 

So many memories are there, and it's always so refreshing to see their faces and talk to people that you have grown up with.

5. Nature Spots 

You know those places that whenever you get to them can make you so much happier and more relaxed? That's what I'm talking about.

6. Walking Around Your Neighborhood 

Walking around your neighborhood is always fun, and you get to see a bunch of familiar faces.

7. Your Bed 

Because what's better than that...

8. Your Local Church 

It is always nice to see your youth group and elders whenever you come back.

9. Grandparents' House

You know when you are going over something good is always waiting behind the door.

10. Top Of A Parking Garage 

The ultimate best view to watch fireworks, sunsets, and sun rises.

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