Take Your Chances In High School, You Never Know What Will Happen

Take Your Chances In High School, You Never Know What Might Be Out There

Take the next opportunity that approaches you because it will be a learning experience and something to hold onto for the rest of your life.


Do you ever catch yourself thinking about what your life was like when you were in high school, even if it was two, 10 or even 20 years ago? Were there chances that you took or didn't take? I attended a small enough school where I could have participated in every sport, club and organization there was, even at the same time as another. I played a few sports, joined a few groups but did I give them 110%? No. Do I regret not trying out a different activity? Absolutely.

During my four years of high school, I played volleyball and danced. I was a member of our FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) group, was in student council for a year, was a peer mentor and sang in our school choir, chamber and jazz choir.

I am not saying that I didn't enjoy everything that I participated in, but looking back at my time in high school, I wish I gave a little more effort in everything I did and tried out other sports and groups as well. One of the highlights in high school was volunteering. I volunteered over 100 hours during my four years; I helped run youth volleyball camps, mentored an elementary student, was a teacher's aid and more.

I have thought about this multiple times since I've been out of high school, going on four years now, I might add, but I wish I gave more effort in everything I was involved in. I wish I gave my activities 110%, because who knows where I would be now, what sport I could be playing or where any group that I was a part of could have taken me. I did go on and dance during my freshmen year of college, but it was not the experience I hoped for, so I didn't continue.

Besides dance, volleyball was my other love. I got to play with my best friends and made memories that I continue to look back on. I wish I put in the extra time outside of practice to better my skills and gave the sport I love, as much effort as I possibly could have. With FCCLA and student council, I wish I was more active and was a member for all four years.

If I had the chance to do it all again, I wouldn't change what I participated in, but I would participate in more. I would have continued playing basketball, I would have taken golf more seriously, participated in student council and FCCLA all four years, join a musical and given it all 100% of my attention.

Whether you are a high school graduate, in high school or haven't yet started high school is don't let regrets keep you from moving forward. Cherish what memories you have or look forward to to the ones you have yet to make. Take the next opportunity that approaches you because it will be a learning experience and something to hold onto for the rest of your life.

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Dear High School Seniors, It Is OK To Be Excited To Leave, I Know I Was

It's just not the best four years of everyone's lives, but the next four might be, so get excited!


As high school seniors begin graduating, I can guarantee they will hear about how they should have cherished that final year more and how they will regret counting down the days until their childhood education is over. I'm here to be totally honest with all those seniors — it is 100% OK to be excited to leave. Maybe you'll regret that excitement, maybe you won't, I can't tell you for sure.

But I can tell you this — the best is yet to come! College classes are way harder, you have to make completely new friends, and you are no longer living at home. But I can tell you from personal experience, no matter how insane those obstacles sound, they will shape you into the best version of yourself! Plus, college is 1,000 times more fun — from the uplifting school spirit to the free food, college has the one-up.

I can also say from personal experience, though, high school is not the best four years of everyone's lives. Yes, there are unforgettable moments (hopefully for the best) and irreplaceable friends, but not everyone loves it as a whole. It's just that simple. And no senior should ever feel guilty about being excited to run out of their high school and never look back if that's what makes them happy!

The future after your senior year is terrifying, but there are so many amazing opportunities awaiting around the corner, and dwelling on the past is nothing but a wall blocking those blessings from landing in YOUR lap!

So, for the love of your bright futures and glowing happiness, keep in touch with those irreplaceable friends (I'm definitely glad I did), enjoy the lighter course load, say a heartfelt goodbye to the teachers who made a tremendous impact on your life during those four years, but if you are excited to get out of there, then BE EXCITED.

Don't dwell in every waking moment of your senior year if it's just going to bring you misery; don't pretend to love something you think everyone else does. And, for the love of everything, do not pretend to be sad to leave high school if you are actually bursting with excitement for the unbelievably amazing things the future has in store for you!

To all the high school seniors out there: If those four years were just not your cup of tea, there are four more ahead that hold much more delight than you could ever possibly imagine, so be hella excited for it — no matter what anyone else says!


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