It may just be me. It really may but I don’t understand high school. The idea that people put into our heads is that high school is going to be a challenge, I’ll want to drop out, there’ll be bullying, and that everyone hates each other. This got me concerned and simply scared about how I’ll be able to survive high school. Dropping out was not an option to me. I would never want to drop out but I was worried that high school would be confusing and difficult. That math would just get harder, same with science; I was really worried about being able to finish the homework, which is supposedly a lot. But after the two months that I’ve been here, it is nothing like I imagined.
First of all, if you are about to go to high school or thinking about it, which a lot of kids do, it’s nothing to worry about. At all. The challenge. What challenge? I’ve been taking academic everything (except French) and I’ve been doing just fine. The homework is manageable as long as you manage your time correctly. The procrastinator I am, is still able to finish all her homework by the next class. It’s true, they do give you a lot of tests and homework almost each class, but we should all know (from my previous post about homework) that they’re only trying to help us. Tests and homework are your friend and I’m not being an optimist here; I’m being a realist. The weird part is (and it’s not just me that thinks this) it seems easier. What a surprise. :D
The only reason I would think of dropping out is because high school is probably going to be the most boring part of my life. I’m not even joking right now. Not that I’m not social, which I am, or that I’m not good at my studies, which I am, but because it’s a routine. You know what you’re gonna have on the first day and then tomorrow you’re gonna have 4 different subjects and the day after that you’ll have the same subjects as the first day. It’s like every other day, is almost the exact same. And sooner or later, you start recognizing faces, even if they aren’t in your class. You’ll see them a lot more than you expect to. With this daily routine of getting up after 1 and a half hours and moving to another class and waiting again, going to lunch, etc. it starts to get just a little on your nerves. Some people would argue that this is much more exciting then when you get a job and have to do the exact same thing every day in a cubicle but take the fact that you’re surround by a pack- no a herd of teenagers by which most of them are either much taller than you or much shorter than you. There is no space to move, it’s loud, people are blocking your lockers, you can’t take the huge laughter from one side of the hallway that incredibly reaches the other side, and it’s just very awkward.
I haven’t seen any bullying and even if there was, there’s always a way. The only way you can possibly get into bullying is if you cause a problem, you can’t ignore people, or someone just really don’t know when to stop. If you find it difficult to not talk back at someone that’s making fun of you, you’re obviously part of the problem. Ignore them; it’s only going to bring them down. If they see you’re not getting affected by what they’re doing then they obviously won’t find it so fun. The world is also a very big hipster right now. There are no “hobos”; just “outdoors men”. With this being said, schools are very attentive on the issue of bullying. We got the idea in our heads that bullying is not so cool anymore so if someone is bullying you, just go tell the school or a parent. It’s gonna be a smooth road after that…well I think. It’s never really happened to me but based on how cruel society thinks bullying is, it’s going to be just fine.
Now this is probably the biggest idea of high school: that everyone hates everyone. Walking down the hallways, looking at every person, and dying a little just seeing their faces. That is not very true. You probably don’t like them but you don’t hate them. In my school, at least, no one really seems to care about it each other. I wouldn’t say that’s a good thing but it’s better than hate. We just mind our own business like there’s no tomorrow. Yes, friends are in the situation. Everyone has at least one friend in high school (correct me if I’m wrong). If you seriously have issues with every single person in the school or most of them then I just don’t understand or … you’re just trying to fit in the crowd by not fitting in. Yes, that is right. I am sorry to be so rude but you are in fact a hipster. You couldn’t be more hipster than thinking you hate people but really you’re just saying that to yourself to feel confident as you walk down the hallway like a boss. At the end, you probably don’t even care about most of the people in the school. I can’t even recognize them. They all seem like new people to me. An endless amount of people coming in and out of the school.
My opinion may change drastically by the end of the year. I don’t even know since I’ve just been in high school for only 2 months. Once my opinion changes, I will be sure to make a new post and edit this one to add a note and say “I WAS WRONG. SCHOOL IS HARD. DON’T UNDERESTIMATE IT’S POWER.” :) But for the people that want to know how school begins, if it’s going to be hard or not: don’t worry about it. Remember that you’re not the only person new to high school. There are about 250 other kids in the school that have no idea what they’re doing. The teachers will know too. It’s gonna be just fine.
P.S. I wish I had someone tell me all of this. I would have felt a lot more comfortable when school started. I remember when I was a mess and panicked if I was going to be able to understand it.