In high school, sometimes it’s hard to see where you’re going with all this homework, tests, and quizzes. We have trouble seeing what we can take from four of the hardest years a teenager will face. Occasionally, we’ll joke around with our peers. “When will I ever need to know the year World War I started?” or “How does trigonometry help me when I need to file taxes or pay my bills?” but seriously, what do we take out of our school years into our adult and future lives.
First and foremost, when you think about high school your friends come to mind. That’s your social skills, how you interact with people, talk with them, and act around certain people will define who you are for the rest of your life. While who you are in freshmen year or even senior year will not be the same person you’ll be when you graduate college, you can gain a lot of valuable lessons from the connections you make. Through your social circles, and then conflicts that will rise between them, you learn how to communicate yourself while still keeping your relationships healthy and intact.
In group projects, it’ll often be heard from teachers that you’ll have to work with people you don’t like and you’ll just have to deal with it because that’s just life. For some part, it’s a true statement. When you are working in the same field as others, it’s usually a group effort, and you fail and succeed together. That’s how a good society should function and work. In life, while it may seem like it’s every man (or woman) for themselves, you’ll find yourself in the midst of other people just trying to survive just like you. When you start working, you can’t just tell your boss that you don’t want to work in your assigned team because of some internal conflicts. In high school, you’ll learn early the lesson of being a good team player, flexibility, and how to deal with the upsets of dealing with others you just don’t like.
Development of your personality is another big thing to do with high school. You’ll learn a lot about your limits. How strong your belief systems are and what you do about conflicting ones. A lot of your personality, however, will be based on how others view you. While most would like to think they stay above the influences of social approval, it’s human nature to seek acceptance, especially at such a vulnerable time in your life.
Responsibility is taught to you. In life you are going to sink or swim, and if you manage to swim the tides will go against you. They will pile on top of you and try to drown you, but you can’t let the tides win. It’s when the realization that you are the only person responsible for how your time is spent and how your life goes. Procrastination is your own choice as well. No one will take responsibilities for you, they are all your own to take care of so you must do so with the best of your abilities. If you take five AP classes, then you better start doing the proper work for them.
Handling authority is another aspect. You will learn that people like your parents or teachers will not always know what’s best for you. They may want what they think is the best for you which is an entirely different situation. For your teachers and principals, you’ll have to follow school rules or face the punishments. In some cases, you’ll feel the need to stand up for yourself and what you as an individual believe is right. For your parents, a similar case goes. Your mom might want you to go to Yale when you’re already accepting an invitation to a local arts school. You and your parents will not always see eye to eye, but handle it with a sense of respect to both yourself and your parents before you make rash judgement.
There are a lot of things you can take from high school, it just depends on how you see life how it is.