How I survived high school

April 05, 1997|By Justina Stevens

A 10th-grader from Saint Maria Goretti High School recently e-mailed me to ask how I survived high school.

High school was an adventure. I think that is why I enjoyed it so much. Every day I found some new way to challenge myself. It was like an incredible journey that I needed to succeed in to feel proud.

There were some days that I despised everything about high school, but there were very few of those. Now, as I look back on my experiences, I realize that those were the times when I was having a bad day.

I didn't think high school was very cool when I was in it, but my perspective has changed since I graduated last June. There are so many things that I didn't do that I wish I would have and things that I did do that I wish I wouldn't have.


There are many rewards, but with every reward, there comes certain regrets. High school and the teachers I encountered helped shape my life and helped me become the person I am today.

That may be a good thing or a bad thing, depending how you look at it.

You may think that you can't survive high school because there's too much homework or a certain teacher doesn't like you.

But after you graduate - or even now, while you are a student - take this challenge: Look at your high school years as how they will influence you and how certain teachers influence you. Then it will be easier to survive high school.

Someday you'll wish you had those years back.

Justina is a freshman at Hagerstown Junior College.E-mail her at

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