How to Make the Most of Your High School Experience

May 17, 2017


As I approach my final few weeks at GBHS I have found myself reflecting on my past four years at this school. Throughout these past years I have gained countless memories and experiences that I will carry with me the rest of my life. There is no entirely right or wrong way to experience high school. Here are my top five pieces of advice on how to make the most out of your time in high school


#1. Talk to New People

High school gives people a chance to meet so many individuals. As a freshman, I was almost overwhelmed by the amount of new faces around me. I soon found out that my close friends would not be in any of my classes which encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone and strike up conversations with new people. This was one of the best skills high school taught me because I was able to make so many new friends.


#2. Go to as Many Events as You Can

High school goes by incredibly fast so it’s important to take advantage of the time you are here. Some of my favorite high school memories are from the GBHS events I went to.This doesn’t mean that you should force yourself to go to a dance or game if you don’t want to, but you should try to make an effort to go if you can.


#3. Join a Club or Sport

This is entirely optional but it is highly recommended! As an underclassman I thought I had all this time to decide to play the sport I wanted to and I ultimately put off joining until senior year during which I still did not join. It will be difficult to go out of your comfort zone to join that sport or club, but it’s worth taking the risk. You may discover a passion that will carry with you beyond high school.


#4. Take a Class That You Find Interesting/Have a Passion For

There are so many classes that we take in high school and for a majority of them there is not a genuine interest in the topic. While you are signing up for the classes you need to take, also look into which elective classes stand out to you. Whether its an art, ceramic, or journalism class, take what you think will connect with you. This will only help you discover what fits you and what doesn’t.


#5. Cherish The Fun Times

The most important thing you can do is live in the moment during the fun times of high school. You won’t realize you were making memories until you look back your senior year and realize how happy you were. It’s important to be present with the people around you, which means that you should try to enjoy these special moments.

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