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Post #16: Amanda’s guide to surviving high school.
Random things that I’ve had to learn in the actual doing…
1) Go to all the dances, but don’t necessarily go with someone. It keeps the “dating politics” at a safe distance and you won’t feel as obligated to dance with the same person all night. (Or if you’re like me, you could always dance with yourself–hehe.)
2) Speaking of dating, I’ve never had a boyfriend or even been on a date, but let me say this: Crushes are healthy. Just don’t get so obsessed with it that it gets in the way of your relationship with God.
3) Pray for your school! Big things happen that way.
4) Don’t complain so much as you get involved. As long as you’re sitting on your butt not doing anything about it, things will not change, and you’ll just be a lazy bum.
5) People usually appreciate notes, e-mails, birthday presents, etc. (I know I do!)
6) Either learn how to speed read or get really good at convincing your teacher that you’ve read the book. Personally, I’ve done both…lol
7) Write stuff down. You WILL forget it otherwise (even if God’s given you an unusually good memory).
8) It’s all about balance. I’ve seen people that freak out about school and work themselves to death and not have any fun at school, and then I’ve seen people that have so much fun that they fail their classes. Or people’ll freak out about sports, their b/f or g/f, their clothes, their social life, etc.. The people who find a good balancing point are usually the happier ones.
9) Cultivate good relationships.
10) Be nice to teachers, even the ones you don’t like. “In this way you will heap burning coals on their heads.” (Heh.)
11) Learn how to play the guitar (or some other instrument people think is cool). This will definitely boost your popularity quotient.
12) Don’t be afraid to be creative. Think outside the box, you’ll stand out that way.
13) Apply for colleges EARLY.
14) Stay involved with your church.
15) Learn apologetics–they’ll come in handy later on. (Where’d that word “handy” come from, anyway?)
16) Figure out some way to get ready in less than 30 minutes (if you’re a girl–guys probably don’t have that problem).
17) Sleep = your friend. Get to know sleep very well.
18) Do a lot of reading when you have time–it’ll increase your vocabulary and generally make you seem smarter.
19) Take breaks when you study or do your homework. Not hugely long breaks, but 5-15 minutes’ll do ya. I study/work for 45, and take a 15 minute break in between.

*LiNk oF tHe DaY* Blogger! My page’s parent site–go start your own blog and rant.

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