Any advice for a new High School student?
Remember that high school is nothing like the movies. There is not drama but what we create. If you want friends and you want the guy, leave the drama to the movie stars. If you want to make more friends start looking at different extracurricular activities you could do well at or just want to try.
Let your teachers know that you are a hard worker. You will get bogged down and overwhelmed, but if you go to a teacher and they see you have been working hard, they will be more apt to help you.
Last but not least, remember that high school is a precursor for college. Your final high school GPA, extracurricular activities, volunteer work, etc all will be taken into account for college. Get to know your guidance counselor well and begin researching where you might want to go to college so you know what that college’s admissions will expect from you.
I know it’s still four years away but the time will fly by. Enjoy these years. But remember, your ultimate goal is to prepare for the future so start thinking about it.
The other 50% will not. Concentrate (After your studies) on the percent that is good for your self worth. Join whatever groups, sports and classes you’ll enjoy because you only have one shot at this and it’s important. Have Fun!!
Fashion-wise, you should pick out clothes that you like and try to have your own style. Most people fake being somebody else in high school and it isn’t a good thing to do this. It is important to keep yourself in shape (the best way to do this is to not eat excessively, rather than blowing hours in a gym; contrary to psuedoscience that diet “doctors” have been putting out, its not what you eat, but rather how much you eat that controls your weight) and to make sure that you are clean and look good all of the time. If you are feeling under the weather, it is best to stay home to avoid the stress.
You should be willing to move on fast and not dwell on things. If somebody is nice to you, you should be nice to them. You shouldn’t do anything to burn any bridges with people, as you don’t know where that person will be tomorrow. Remain open and don’t focus on any one group of people. Joining cliques is nothing but a way to make people hate you, as cliques often encourage you not to have any friends outside of the group (or collective). With teachers, you should be willing to stand up to them if they aren’t being nice to you or to one of your friends. Failing to do this actually is a way to turn people against you. Even if you end up getting in trouble for doing this, it only will make you more popular. However, you should definitely be nice to the nice teachers.
I would suggesting avoiding drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and the like. While I don’t believe there should be laws against them, doing these things only destroys yourself.
It is also best to avoid joining certain clubs that use rhetoric to advocate bad things. For example, there are Gay-Straight Alliances in schools and the common perception around the school of their membership is that they are gay (thus, you should stay away from them, even if you support gay rights). There are groups that advocate intervening in the Civil War in the Sudan (these groups call themselves the “Save Darfur Coalition” and falsely accuse the winning side in this Civil War of genociding the losing side and advocate sending the army there to intervene). Joining this Save Darfur Coalition is not a good thing as you’re advocating sending men off to a Civil War that is worse than the disaster in Iraq to be massacred. You should also avoid organizations that refer to themselves as advocating “social justice” since these organizations actually advocate making everybody equally poor.
Besides that, don’t believe everything your teachers tell you in class. Global Warming is actually caused by the sun, not CO2, but you’ll never hear that in science class (see the Great Global Warming Swindle documentary by the BBC http://video.google.com/url?docid=-3028847519933351566&esrc=sr4&ev=v&q=Great%2BGlobal%2BWarming%2BSwindle%2Bduration%3Along&srcurl=http%3A%2F%2Fvideo.google.com%2Fvideoplay%3Fdocid%3D-3028847519933351566&vidurl=%2Fvideoplay%3Fdocid%3D-3028847519933351566%26q%3DGreat%2BGlobal%2BWarming%2BSwindle%2Bduration%253Along%26total%3D22%26start%3D0%26num%3D10%26so%3D0%26type%3Dsearch%26plindex%3D3&usg=AL29H22oQro8lBBoKq0am13Y9RctwNo4TA). There’s also alot of inaccurate information in the history books and especially regarding economics, such as that Herbert Hoover believed in laissez-faire Capitalism (which is often falsely claimed to be “discredited” in schools, to protect the government, which runs the schools and which would lose its money under laissez-faire) and made the Depression worse by doing nothing or that Abe Lincoln was a great president and a defender of freedom (see the material at http://lewrockwell.com and http://mises.org to debunk these fallacies, especially the search engines on these sites because they have alot of material). The best thing you can do is to be skeptical of anything you’re taught that logically advocates a restriction of freedom (of course, reading the Declaration of Independence and understanding it can be a good thing, as it is deemphasized in schools, but is very important to understand if you wish not to end up a fascist).
Just a few final things. You should not advocate certain things which are guaranteed to be unpopular, such as prohibition (whether of drugs, alchohol, cigarrettes, or whatever), uniforms, draconian school rules etc. You’re best off not supporting ridiculous school rules that people hate anyways.
And if you want to do something particularly noticeable, you could proclaim to a police officer the natural, inalienable right to drive a car you own on a road you pay for without government paper, during Drivers’ Ed class. I believe everybody truly believes that last statement to be self-evident, but they simply accept the idea of a driver’s license as justifiable at some point. The truth is that the government merely uses the licenses to track where people live so that the police know where to find them when they want to make an arrest (isn’t that the hallmark of a dictatorship, not a free country?).
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