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Confessions of an Upperclassman: Regrets and Advice

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I don’t know about you, but from my experience I have learned that high school is tough.  How much more of an understatement can that be?  In actuality, high school is “the best of times, it was the worst of times,” mainly because of the unforgettable memories that will be made all while being a part of rigorous classes, stress and confusion. That is why I am here, to aid you in your career at Rio Mesa High School.

First off, regrets are the worst things to have in your life.  Whether it is over a class, a friend, something you did, or anything for that matter. They end up haunting you. Remember, life does go on; it won’t stop or slow down for you so just take it day by day.

Here is a list of Regrets from me and a handful of upperclassmen:

I regret…

Upperclass(wo)men: What's Your Regret?

  • Missing opportunities because I was afraid to act upon them (50%, 1 Votes)
  • Worrying about what people think of me (50%, 1 Votes)
  • Not taking some particular advanced classes (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Spending too much time with my boyfriend and not my friends (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Procrastinating (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 2

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  • Not taking some particular classes, like AP Geography, Spanish 3 and IB Econ.
  • Not being social with others until later in high school.
  • Missing opportunities because I was afraid to act upon them.
  • Having no confidence.
  • Worrying about what people think of me.
  • Not going to more school events, like dances, before my junior year.
  • Not playing a sport.
  • Having poor grades.
  • Not studying as much as I could have.
  • Not taking the advice I got from others.
  • Not getting to know someone before I judge them.
  • Making a fool out of myself around certain people.
  • Not standing up for myself.
  • Spending too much time with my boyfriend and not my friends.
  • Putting my trust in people who do not deserve it.
  • Procrastinating.
  • Making a twitter.
  • Not being in more clubs.
  • All of junior year.
  • Dating
  • Not taking chances.
  • The horrible haircuts.
  • Relying on others (not being independent.)
  • Not asking for help.
  • Slacking off freshman year.
  • Not getting to know more people.
  • Being too naïve.
  • Taking art not photography.
  • Not trying my best to reach my goals.
  • Being lazy.
  • Blaming others for my wrong doings.

Now, advice! After those fearful regrets, we need to brighten this up and show you that high school really is amazing. Regrets and advice pretty much go hand in hand because we make out advice based on our mistakes.

  • Confidence goes a long way
  • Don’t be afraid to approach your teacher if you are concerned
  • Be polite to everyone, you never know if you could need their help in the future
  • Don’t be too serious- remember you are still in high school
  • No PDA
  • Do not get romantically involved with a senior if you are an underclassmen
  • Do not be obnoxious
  • Make the right friends and branch out of you initial friend group to meet new people
  • Make a big goal and set little goals to be able to accomplish them by the time senior year ends
  • Bring mints and gum, but tell no one
  • Your grades= your future, do not let anyone take your future away from you
  • Play a sport to make more friends and to have a second family
  • Upperclassmen are in a bad mood because of stress and sleep deprivation, so don’t get offended by us
  • Take more Honors, AP, and IB classes- it will be less money in college and you will have a head start

Upperclass(wo)men: What Advice Do You Give the Young'ins?

  • Your grades= your future, do not let anyone take your future away from you (80%, 4 Votes)
  • Confidence goes a long way (20%, 1 Votes)
  • Don’t be afraid to approach your teacher if you are concerned (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Do not get romantically involved with a senior if you are an underclassmen (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Make a big goal and set little goals to be able to accomplish them by the time senior year ends (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 5

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  • Get your driver’s license as soon as possible
  • Have good hygiene
  • Do not procrastinate
  • Find yourself before you put your all into someone else
  • The friends you start high school with may not be the ones you end with
  • People change
  • Don’t worry so much, you are too young to have wrinkles
  • You will find your true friends junior and senior year
  • Hold on for the ride of high school

Now that you know this vital information, I hope that you can go through your four years with ease and love it. Regrets are not pleasant to have but without them you wouldn’t learn and you would not be the person who you are today.  All in all, regrets are healthy for you as well as advice, to steer you in the right direction so your regrets are not too drastic. Good luck on the rest of your journey at Rio!!

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Confessions of an Upperclassman: Regrets and Advice