Welcome, first I will tell you a little about myself! I starting getting bullied when I was in Elementary school, and I never stopped getting bullied until my family decided it was time to take me out of public school and put me into homeschool.
This decision didn’t come until last year, when I had a panic attack the day before school was suppose to start. Once I got out of public school none of my old friends talked to me, but I didn’t care, I knew that was going to happen.
However, I am not writing this article about myself. So, if you or a friend are in school and are being bullied, struggling with mental illnesses, or are just struggling, then I have a few tips to help make it better!
Also, if you or someone you know is struggling or being bullied get help, comfort them, and show them they aren’t alone.
• Focus on your school work more than the people around you! I know this is easier said than done, but if you don’t get good grades then your GPA will suffer and it is extremely hard to get it up. I was extremely depressed so I never did my homework and now I am working three times as hard to get it up enough to go to a good college.
• Just be yourself and don’t care what other people think about you. This is an extremely hard task to do. I still am afraid to be myself because I don’t want to be judged. You deserve to be who you are and not have to act like someone else because the kids at school don’t like you.
• The people you think are your friends more than likely won’t be once you leave school. The one thing everyone thinks they have to have in high school is a bunch of friends, but you don’t have to. You are lucky if you come out of high school with lifelong friends.
• A relationship in high school is not for everyone. Most of the girls throw themselves at the athletes, and most of the boys ask the cheerleaders out and get turned down. If you are not one of those people don’t be ashamed, or if you are one of those people I hope it goes well. In my experience I always thought the athletes were cute, but they always ended up dating the cheerleaders. I finally realized it’s their loss if they can’t see how good of a heart I have, I don’t want a relationship based on looks because they can be beautiful on the outside and have an ugly heart, I’m not going to change myself for someone else, and you don’t have to have a boyfriend in high school.
• Don’t let people use you for your brains. All throughout my school years I had people want to copy my homework(when I did it). I was always afraid to say no and tell them to ask for help. Ultimately, just stand up for yourself when someone tries to make you feel below them.
I hope some of these things help you or a friend when you need them. These are things I realized would’ve been helpful if someone told me.
PSA: These are my own opinions and how my personal high school experience went. It is ultimately different for every person.