Why High School Wasn't "The Best 4 Years" Of My Life

Why High School Wasn't "The Best 4 Years" Of My Life

Drama, fake friends, rumors, and even more drama.

High school. I can remember the first day of my freshman year so vividly, walking through those double doors thinking, “I can’t wait for these amazing 4 years ahead of me!” However, I was wrong. Very wrong. I know everyone says that high school is great, and the best, and something you’ll remember forever. Well, I definitely will remember forever, but not because they were the greatest times of my life.

For me, whenever I look back on my high school memories, I cringe. My 4 years of high school were filled with drama, fake friends, and ridiculous dress code rules.

I grew up and attended school in a small town, and graduated with about 54 people in my class. Everyone knew everyone, and you had little to no privacy. You couldn’t do anything without people knowing about it the next day. It was always so annoying. What was even worse? The small school drama. Whenever I would tell my friends from bigger schools about what would happen in my high school, they would be shocked, or say something like “Nothing like that ever happens in my school.” And it was true. The drama and the rumors were by far the worst part about high school. I can recall many times whenever I heard a rumor about me that was going around the school that wouldn’t even be true.

I also learned the hard way who were and weren’t my friends. I had multiple friends walk out of my life who always promised that they would be there for me until the end. Whenever you have a friend turn their back on you in a small school, it hurts a lot more than it normally would. Why? You see them every single day. There’s absolutely no such thing as avoiding them, and even if you try, you won’t be able to because everyone else in the school will know about it.

I also never really felt at home in high school. I never sat back and looked at the people I was surrounded by and thought “These are my people.” or felt like I belonged. I always caught myself looking towards college, and my future career, and finally getting out of high school.

Lastly, I always felt like I was being restricted from the person I actually wanted to be, out of fear of being judged or criticized. I felt like I was constantly being treated like a child still. I was more than ready to be independent and to live on my own. The day I drove away from that town and saw it disappear in my rearview mirror was the best day of my life. I finally felt the freedom to be myself. It was raining that day; however, I had a bright smile on my face and a bright new outlook on how the next four years of my life were going to go. On that day, there was no raining on my parade.

Now, I would be lying if I said that I didn’t learn a lot of good lessons while in high school. I would also be lying if I said that there weren’t a few good things about high school. During those 4 years, I got really close to some teachers who helped me make it through the day, especially if I was having a bad one. I was also lucky to find a great group of friends that proved time and time again to be true friends. I am still friends with them to this day, and I honestly don’t know how I would have been able to go through high school without them. However, I’d be telling you the biggest lie ever if I told you that the reason I was crying on my graduation day was because I was going to miss high school. No, those weren’t tears of sadness. They were tears of joy because I was finally starting my journey that I had been so patiently waiting on.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Why You Should Bring Your Close Friend As Your Formal Date

Before asking that cute girl to formal think about asking a friend


Every year since I was a junior in high school I have always looked forward to homecoming or prom. When I got to college I began to look forward to my fraternity formal. I was never concerned with what to wear or the expense of formal but rather who I was going to ask. It can be difficult to make a decision. If you ask anyone friends with me they will tell you how I am one of the most indecisive people out there. There are so many people I am friendly with or have a close relationship that it can feel difficult to make a decision. But let's look at that phrase again. You might think why does he want to bring someone who is his friend to his fraternity formal rather than someone he likes or is dating. To answer this question, some of the girls I have liked I have not been able to be the true me around and that also applies to the girls I have dated as well. I am different around my friends and I want someone to know the real me rather than me just having to pretend.

Maybe I am still experiencing the effects of a fun weekend but I have noticed that every formal or prom that I have brought a date with not only was a fun formal but interacted and connected well with my friends. That is the main thing I look for in a formal date, they need to be liked by my friends and many of them are still pretty friendly after the formal. You are spending the weekend with them and the drive down for you formal. There will be a lot of time spent with your date so it is important to bring someone you know you will have fun with. I am not saying that there isn't anything wrong with bringing someone else but I always found it best to bring a friend if you are not dating someone.

Think about the people you know you will always have fun with. This can be an indication of who you should bring and why but you should also think about the positives in this situation. Your fun and the time spent with the people should be prioritized before anything else. This event is about you and you should have someone with you that you know is fun to be around and someone you can enjoy yourself around along with your friends. Friends know you as well as you know yourself so there is not an idea of having to pretend to be someone else. The good thing about friends is that you do not run out of things to talk about and there is always something new to learn. Take your formal as a trip that you get to experience with the people closest to you. That is my take.

The key for me is to know that I will have fun with my date at formal. The drive to formal can be long and you are sharing a hotel room with your date along with spending time with them during the trip. I talk a lot. I want someone I know who I can carry a conversation with and will not just respond with words such as Yeah or Sounds good. I have always been able to remember not only my formals but specific parts of it as well. I think this is possible because of who I have brought and the memories I made with them.

Formals are important to everyone so think about who you want to spend that moment with. There is nothing wrong with bringing someone who you like but there also is nothing wrong with bringing a friend. Some people might bring someone they are dating but you should not have to compare yourself to other people. Do what makes you happy but remember this weekend is about you and you deserve to bring someone you will have fun with.

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