Advice to underclassmen from a senior

Here’s to the years of Prom and college preparations. To the years of finding your true friends. To the years of finding who you are. Sophomores, welcome to the most hectic years of your life, here’s my rule book of highschool. 

Friends. If I learned anything from high school it’s that when it comes to friends: quality over quantity. My friend group has funneled throughout the years as I figured out who I was and who allowed me to be myself. High school is where people change the most. You may have a best friend freshman year that you think will be the same person you’ll be celebrating graduation with, but they could do a total 180 in high school. As people are trying to figure out who they want to be, they may make decisions that you don’t agree with, but that’s okay. That’s when you branch out to other people. 

Be open. Introduce yourself to as many people as you can. You don’t have to become best friends with them, just another person you can say “hi” to in the hallway. That’s a good thing about Har-Ber. There’s like 3,000 people. Introduce yourself to the girl that sits next to you in science. Offer to help the boy going up the stairs on crutches. What do you have to lose? Even if they’re not someone you would typically talk to, step out of your comfort zone. 

Relationships. Don’t go about high school looking for a relationship. If you do, you’re going to miss out of some really fun memories with your friends. Steer away from dating someone at the same school. It just gets really awkward if y’all break up. You should avoid anything that could potentially ruin your high school experience. You only get three years, so make the most of it. 

I’m not a professional at life tips of course, but these are some things I have learned from my sophomore year up until senior year that I believe will be extremely beneficial if taken into consideration.