Listen to this audio and imagine yourself at a pub with your mates. This song, your song, written by you, plays on a loop from the time you walk through the door. Why? Because meta. You excuse yourself to the washroom and stare at your reflection until you work up the courage to get absolutely plastered. “You can do this.” You tell yourself and walk out before you have a chance to think rationally and run back home. You put on a brave face, and run back to your mates and proceed to knock back shot after shot of tequila. Now the real fun can begin.
what i learned from my high school experience and other bits of advice from me to you (doesn’t even have to be just for school)
content: always keep in mind, items, classmates, in class, more things
always keep in mind
cut yourself from those people and things that don’t have a positive influence on you
don’t run away from problems, be blunt, confront them
being alone doesn’t mean you’re lonely, don’t isolate yourself
don’t you settle for less than what you deserve
if it’s just there without you trying, it is best to add more effort (your average grade without effort < a grade that you actually worked your ass off for)
do not starve yourself and think that it would be ok to use that time on finishing another task
if you find someone who is an acquaintance / is alone, sit on the same table as them. say hi or give a kind smile, it’ll brighten them up even if they don’t show it
fake it ‘till you make it. works like a charm! literally keep your head up. pretend that you got strings holding your shoulders up and roll them back
take solid, confident steps as you are walking down the hallways and pavement. make an upbeat playlist to help you achieve the last two steps (wink wink) unconsciously
no! one! is! more! important! then! your! education! and! yourself! they come and go, your gpa is forever on transcripts.
carry extra pads or tampons. you’ll be a life saver for a classmate in need of them!
always bring an extra granola bar for when you are starving in class
never leave your house without lip balm/sunscreen/body lotion on and in your bag
always have a grocery bag that you can store in your bag
compliment on someone’s hair, outfit, or nails during breaks or at the restroom. i loved receiving them and it’s sure to make their day brighter
do you know about the 5 rule? if there is something that they can fix in 5 minutes, let them know. (hey! you got a smudge of lipstick on your teeth - rather than - you overdid your eyebrows)
get some of your classmate’s phone numbers, but not immediately you know what I mean? this is for missed notes, absences, …
during lessons, make note of questions you have about the lecture, etc. and jot them down on a sticky note (this is an alternative to asking the questions out loud to the class)
make it a habit to once in a while stay after your classmates exit out to ask your teacher questions, that way they’re less distracted
for presentations, right before them i drink from an ice cold bottle of water to wake myself up and prevent my mouth from dryness. also take deep breathes (no kidding) and repeat to yourself “I totally got this"
talk to your counselor!!! they know what they are talking about from classes, college, scholarship opportunities and even talk to them if you have personal problems! they are trained and are there for a reason. take advantage of that!
check on your high school’s daily bulletin, you may of missed or misheard the announcements. there are club meets, scholarship and volunteering opportunities, job openings, etc.
don’t ever be late to class oh my God! some teachers may say that they don’t care or they might not acknowledge it, but it will affect you
do not take a lot of days off or skip school in a row of days for mental health. i know that education isn’t as important as your well being, but getting used to being absent will not help you at all
while studying or trying to actually focused put on your earphones/headphones even if you don’t have music playing. keeps people from bothering you, but don’t do this when lecture is in session or if the library doesn’t permit it
when school ends and if you still have the drive to do work like in the classroom, i recommend you to go to the library to continue working on your homework or study (don’t overwork yourself, though)
...how often do you have urges to pat cacti?
It's just that I feel like no one touches them because they're put off by the spikes and that must be a sad life. They're just an outer wall of defence and inside the cactus is just like us, I'm willing to push past that defence to get to them, y'know? Anything to make them feel better
Magnus, blinking slowly:
...definitely, darling. I think it's time we go home now