How To Survive High School by Amandine Cardichon

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How To Survive High School

Entering high school is one of the biggest steps you will take in your life, not because of all the cliques and the need to impress people, but because it allows you to build towards your future. Everyone’s high school experiences are different, and even though I’m still living mine, for those of you about to start this brand new journey, here's some tips I've picked up so far!

Time Management.

Managing your time wisely is the key to your success. In high school, you get way more school work than you do in middle school, especially if you take AP classes. If you’re like me and you can’t focus outside of school, it is ESSENTIAL to take advantage of any study halls or free periods. You may not want to be that girl always seen doing her homework, but at the end of the day, you’re getting your work done while they’re not. At home, set up alarms on your phone that allow you to pace yourself while doing homework or studying to build up stamina.

Make friends.

As much as you may want to be independent, it is important to make friends. Friends can help you get through whatever problems you may be having, whether they’re personal or with schoolwork. School is way more interesting when you have someone or people to talk to.

Do extracurricular activities.

Even if you may be tired everyday after school, extracurricular activities are places where you can have fun, explore things you like, and meet people who share the same interests as you. Not only are extracurricular activities fun, but they help you build your resume. Your resume is one of the most important things you will ever write because you use it to get into college as well as get jobs. Extracurricular activities are where you can build the most fundamental parts of your resume and your high school experience.

Ask for help when you need it.

It is important to ask anyone available to you to assist you whenever you need help with anything. Independence is important, but there are certain things that you just can’t do by yourself. Teachers, advisors, friends, and family are all people you can go to whenever you need help or just a second opinion on things.

Take time for yourself.

School comes with a lot stress and worrying, so it is necessary to know when you’ve been pushed to your limits and need a break. Taking time to care for yourself can be as simple or extravagant as you want, whether it’s going out, going on a shopping spree or going to a spa. Self care is a crucial part of taking time for yourself. So take as much or as little time as you need to make sure you’re physically, emotionally and mentally healthy.


Sleep is the one thing you will always need and feel like you have a lack of. With potential AP classes and extracurricular activities you may have, you will feel tired constantly. To get the most sleep, do all your work as soon as possible. The faster you get your work done, the more time you can have to yourself afterward. Turning off your phone, as much as you may not want to, may be the thing that can allow you to maximize your sleeping time. We are all guilty of spending one too many hours on our phones, and that can hinder our sleeping time! So, prioritize school work and spend less time on your phone; you'll be surprised how well rested you are!

Be yourself.

This is the most important thing on this survival checklist. In high school, people often try too hard to “be cool” and be something they’re not. No matter what, always be true to yourself even if it’s not what’s mainstream. Knowing who you are will allow most of the things on this list to come easier to you. Finding out who you are in high school will make life as an adult easier because you'll take paths you believe in and not ones others want you to. Plus, being yourself lets you know that the people in your life genuinely care about you because you’re you, not a person you’re pretending to be.


These are the basics. Like everything in life, adjust it to fit your needs. High school isn’t going to be like High School Musical or how it is in movies and shows (which I though but you do have the potential to have a lot of fun and freedom. You only go through high school once, so make the most of it and you’ll survive. I promise.

Tekeisha Meade