Student to Student
May 30, 2008
As I near graduation I have a lot less homework, giving me time to reminisce and contemplate some lessons I have learned in school, starting from pre-school and ending in 12th grade. Here is a list of the top 10:
10. Learning is fun. When I was 5, I took both kindergarten and "pre-first" (one in the morning at one school and one in the afternoon at another) so that I would have school all day long instead of a half-day. My nerdiness has not decreased since then.
9. My teachers are awesome. I have had amazing teachers from day one. I don’t know if I just got lucky , but I have had upwards of 50 teachers and coaches in my life and only about 5 or 6 have been bad, including a pre-school teacher who for some reason did not like what I produced in arts and crafts.
8. Hard work will get you places. I didn’t learn this one until early high school, but it’s very true. You can’t just coast through life on natural ability. You could try, but your life will be pretty lame and meaningless in general.
7. Honesty is actually the best policy. Life is infinitely easier and less complicated and less annoyingly stupid when you just tell the truth. Cheating also falls under the pretty much all the same adjectives. In the end, it’s what you know, not what you scored on the test. It saves you a lot of embarrassment when you get caught cheating or lying if you just don’t lie or cheat in the first place. Even white lies, like being nice to someone to their face when you hate them behind their back, make a mess out of things. If you are just upfront with people, your life will go a lot more smoothly.
6. Friendships are completely dynamic, and it’s probably better that way. In elementary school, all the little girls wanted to be Friends Forever, but I hardly see most of my elementary school friends anymore, even though most of us are still in Park City. As people grow and change, friendships are going to change as well, and it’s probably for the best. Would you really still want to be playing Pokemon with your best friend from fourth grade?
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5. If someone doesn’t like you for who you are they are not worth your time anyway. This one is pretty self-explanatory.
4. Helping people is good for your soul. In my 3 service clubs, I have learned the value of community service not just for college applications (although that’s important, too). Helping people is actually fun, and it makes you feel good. All the cliché stuff you have heard about community service/charity is true.
3. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Thank you to a combination of Sir Newton and Mr. Matthews. This law of science applies in more ways than passing your next physics test. Anything anyone does will have an effect on the people and things going on nearby. Basically, you had better be ready to take responsibility for anything you have said or done at any point, so choose wisely what you say and do.
That said, when you mess up, it’s not the end of the world.
2. First impressions are often wrong. One of my favorite people now, John Sanderson, was one of my least favorite people in middle school. We had math together and he always stole my seat. But sometime between then and now John stopped stealing my seat and I got over it, and we are now what I like to consider good friends. So just because someone seems mean or un-cool or stupid at first glance doesn’t mean they are going to be that way forever. Give them a second chance (and a third and a fourth) and chances are, you’ll be glad you did.
1. Never spend too much time regretting yesterday. You will end up wasting today and regretting it tomorrow. When something bad happens, either to you or as a result of something you have done, all you can do is learn, make amends however you can, and move on. If you dwell on the past, you will miss the present, and trust me, the present is where it’s at.