Lately, I have been all kinds of nostalgic thinking about all the things you miss about high school. Seeing pictures of high school friends pop up on my Facebook timeline makes realize all the things you will miss about high school after graduation. It also makes me regret wishing away high school so quickly. I have also been reading and hearing about how other people are missing so much about college…but wasn’t high school really the best and easiest part of our lives?
High school is a time when many of us come into our own, with still many awkward phases showing up. We find our friends, where we belong, and what makes us unique. While we changed so much throughout those four years, the memories will always be planted in our brains (and hearts). From your first kiss to your first heartbreak, high school is a time not to be forgotten by anyone.
Being out of high school almost four years now has really allowed me to see how great it actually was. Summers were so much less stressful with part-time jobs instead of internships, and everything was generally more care-free. Regardless of how much you don’t like school, there are so many things you miss about high school.
1. Friday Night Lights
High school football games were the perfect way to end every week. Well, they were pretty much the only thing we looked forward to each week, helping us get through our classes. Theme nights where we got to dress up in different outfits, like Hawaiian or superheros, made for an interesting night when you saw how everyone else dressed (cue the girls who take every opportunity to wear skirts that barely cover their butts). And the post-game trips to Steak and Shake or a friend’s house to celebrate a win will also be memories you can’t forget.
2. The free education
Seriously, take me back to the time when I didn’t know anything but a free education. We took for granted being able to learn without having huge holes in our pockets from paying tuition.
3. Teachers who actually know your name
Knowing that a teacher cares about your well-being is something I wish carried on through college. When you had a question in a high school class, a teacher would stop what they were doing to make sure you understand completely before moving on. Now, in college, you ask a question and the prof either tells you to see him later because class can’t be interrupted or you simply can google it (how nice, huh?).
4. Waking up early was so much easier
This is one thing that I will never understand. How was it so easy for us to wake up early enough to make it to school on time at 7:30 in high school, but God forbid we schedule a 7:45 in college? I feel as if the second I got to college, my early classes were so much harder to wake up for, and I tend to go to bed at the same time as I did when I was in high school.
“Back then” was just such an easier time with so much less to worry about. I know I might end up say that about college when I graduate, which is why I still try to relish in the fact that I have the “education security blanket” on me. What are some things you miss about high school?
5. Snow days
What? There’s about 3 inches of snow coming tonight? Might as well call off school tonight, because we all know it will be canceled tomorrow. Now college or full-time job? Yeah, you only get a day off when there is a driving ban on the roads or temperatures are well below zero. High school snow days also meant lounging around all day and not doing anything…at all, which is completely different from college days off where you simply try to get caught up on all your school work.
6. Seeing a television when you walked into class
I think seeing a tv was the highlight of my day in high school. It meant not having to think for an entire period, even if it was just Hamlet for English class.
7. Not doing chores because you had to study
My daily excuse of why I couldn’t unload the dishwasher or clean my room never got old. Even if you know your paper is only a page long and you can get it done in about 15 minutes, you became a master at dragging it out and making it take all night to complete.
8. Senior option
If your school didn’t have Senior Option or some kind of early dismissal/ late arrival program then I truly feel bad for you. At my high school, instead of having to stay at school during my study halls I was able to leave and do whatever the heck I wanted. On some days, I only had to be at school for an hour and a half!! Having this extra time to sleep and get homework done really opened up my weekends for hanging out with friends or just relaxing (because, you know, high school is just SO hard).
9. Seeing your friends every day
Most of the things you miss about high school aren’t actually “things” at all. Yeah, you make new friends in college, but you still might not see them on a regular basis like you did in high school. Some of my friends had all the same classes as I did, which meant we walked from class to class together…and most likely spent a lot of time together on the weekends. High school was a time when you didn’t have to worry about coordinating schedules so you can drive two hours to see your best friend for the weekend, and I truly miss that.
One way that I love keeping in touch with my friends is through social media because with our busy schedules, we are able to catch up on our own time. I recently heard about an up and coming social platform, called MeWe, and am pretty excited to use it to connect with my friends. My favorite feature of MeWe is the fact that there aren’t any algorithms, so there is nothing preventing me from seeing all of my friends’ updates! There are so many different features that are also awesome, such as their group availability and and chatting options.
If you haven’t checked out MeWe yet, you definitely should! I also created a group, called “A Blissful Life” where we can all share our daily fashion and beauty along with anything else that makes us happy!
What are some of your favorite ways to stay in contact with your forever friends?!
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