I just recently started thinking about these past four years I've had in high school, and here's what I have to say about that.
First off, it's not all its cracked up to be. When I imagined high school, I thought it was going to be this glamourous thing where I would walk around the halls and make tons of friends and be involved in all of these activities and have tons of boyfriends. No. That was not the case at all. Instead, it wasn't at all glamourous. It was dirty and there was never time to talk in the hallways because my classes would always be on the other side of school from each other. I made tons of friends, my first two years. After that, it seems like everyone suddenly thinks they're too good for you. That's when I realized, people judge you so harshly and it hurts. Also, I was only involved in one activity and realized it wasn't what I wanted to do and I wasn't having fun with it anymore. Lastly, I had two actually boyfriends from school. One was a rebound and lasted a couple weeks and the other cheated on me. Not something you'll want to tell you're kids about.
Second, be sure to make friends with people your age. The majority of people you make friends with your first two years, will be upper class men because you want to feel cool and superior to your peers. But when they leave, you come to find that since you made all those friends, you didn't take the time to make any within your age, now you start to become a loner and have to start the whole friend making process over again.
Although high school wasn't exactly how I planned it to be, it was definitely memorable because it was probably the biggest learning experience I've ever had in my life. I learned that your friends in high school, aren't really your friends. Everyone uses each other to dominate everyone else and it's hard to tell the good ones from the other ones because people are so good at acting like they care. I also learned that you will be involved in drama no matter how hard you try to avoid it. You just need to learn to cope with it to the best of your ability so it does at little damage to you and the other people involved. I also learned that boys are stupid. I learned from how they acted and realized that I have high standards and I can't settle for less like the majority of the girls did. I learned a lot about life too. Just watching the people around me and having them tell me everything helped that. I also learned that people are people and they all need to be treated the same. I learned not to judge. Lastly, I learned not to care what people think. It doesn't matter because who are they to judge? What gives them the right? Oh jeeze. Its been a long rough ride, and although I wan't happy half of the time, I don't think I would change it for the world.