15 Reasons I Am So Over High School

15 Reasons I Am So Over High School

Senioritis: it kicks in and kicks in hard.
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I am a high school senior. It is now the month of March and I will be graduating in May. This journey is one I have felt like I have been trudging toward for much too long. The days have dragged on slowly and tortuously, and the number one thing I have gotten from this entire experience is that I simply cannot wait for it to be over.

There are days where I think I simply cannot go on.

I can't do this anymore.

This is not for me.

Perhaps dropping out is still an option even though I am starring at the finish line before me.

1. The Drama

High school drama is perhaps the worst kind. I don't know if it really gets all that much better, but I really don't think anything could be as bad as what I am experiencing right now. I have been roped into situation after situation that I found absolutely ridiculous, useless, and unnecessary. EVERYONE JUST CALM DOWN!

2. Fake People

Artificial people will be with you for your entire life. However, none seem to be quiet as prevalent as your high school years. In this time period, everyone seems to be getting to know who they are and defining their identity. As a result, a lot of artificial people flutter around the high school hallways.

3. Immaturity

College has adults. Whether you like to address them as such or not they are individuals for the most part over the age of 18, able to buy cars, rent apartments, get nice jobs, and start their journey into adulthood. High school is a heap of hormonal teens thrown into a tight space.

4. Constantly Being Degraded By Adults

You're just a kid. You're a child. You don't know what you're talking about. I couldn't count the number of times I have been told that on two hands by adults. Perhaps it is in the triple digits by this time. I'm a child and I'm growing and overall I must be ignorant on almost every topic and not allowed to speak.

5. Relationships

The age of high school sweethearts seems to have ended. Almost every relationship I have witnessed during my high school years has ended up in burning flames or teenage pregnancy.

6. Hormones

The hormones, emotions, and moods are raging during the high school years and as a result, an unbelievable amount of confrontation is constantly occurring.

7. Cliches

The high school cliques are perhaps some of the worst kind. Friend groups will naturally occur over time, however, the "you can't sit with us" attitude is the strongest during high school years.

8. Popularity

Welcome to high school, the biggest and stupidest popularity contest you will ever experience in your entire life. Have fun for the next four years though.

9. Peer Pressure

Again peer pressure will most likely always exist however it can be argued that the worst it can ever be experienced is in your high school years.

10. Identity

Identity crises run rampant during these years. It seems a new identity is tried out every single day. People you thought you knew so well are complete strangers the next day. Everyone is changing and sometimes it really isn't for the better. Losing someone you thought you knew as they experiment with who they are can be painful.

11. Love

Love in high school. It sounds like an oxymoron. It is perhaps the most fickle during this time as we grow and change. Time after time is ends and ends and ends in this trivial years.

12. Gossip

It'll always happen. But it's bad in high school. Really bad. Often times high schoolers discuss others so that the attention can be diverted from their own selves. Talking about others means you don't have to talk about yourself. Discussing others often times allows you to escape gossip being started about you.

13. Forced Curriculum

Gym class, art, sculpture, and forced extra curriculum as opposed to a university where you choose fields you have an actual passion for as opposed to forced curriculum

14. Senioritis

It kicks in and it kicks in hard. All I want is to be out of here. It aches like a hollow pain in my chest every morning when I wake up and realize I'm still doing this.

15. The Future

It all rides on this. That's what they tell us anyway. These years shape if you'll get into a good college, graduate, get a good job, and ultimately have a good luck. So fingers crossed we don't screw it up.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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Writing Saved My Sanity

Write it all down when you can't talk to anyone.

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I love writing.

I have since elementary school, and I've dreamed of becoming a published author. I started off writing stupid plays in elementary school, then it grew it almost writing a full-blown novel in middle school. I have no idea where that thing went to. It was all notebook paper and bad writing. In high school, my writing was kinda pushed to the side so I could focus on school. When I entered college, I started writing small poems about my now ex-boyfriend.

I was scared to express myself to him sometimes, the intensity of my feelings for him scared me. So instead of telling him, I wrote them down. When I tried to share them with him, he hated it. He thought writing down feelings was weird and creepy. So I didn't share anything else with him. When we finally broke up for good, everything just poured out of me. What I couldn't express verbally, I wrote or typed out.

I always have ideas flowing through my head. They never cease and I wouldn't want them to. Writing gives me an escape, from stress, work, school, or fights. It gives me a place to vent and to be open with everything. This is a reason I love writing for Odyssey, not only has this place brought me amazing friends but revived my love for writing. I'm never without my notebook anymore, I'd get distracted in class by an idea and have to write I think then and there.

I love sharing my more personal writing with close friends, especially my poems as of late. I found that I have a voice for young women who find themselves in a toxic relationship much like mine was. I want to speak out and show them that you can grow from the bullshit. It may take some time, but you will be better.

Writing saved my sanity. It allows me to express myself without having to use my actual voice. Anyone who knows me, knows I hate public speaking. I tend to psych myself out leading up to it. My current projects include writing for Odyssey every week, I'm in the process of trying to continue my short stories, and I'm excited to announce that I'm currently working on my very first poetry book!

Writing has given me so much, and I'm so looking forward to making a career out of something I love so much.

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