Everyone jokes about high school not teaching them anything and that the only thing they learnt is that the mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell. But while this is normally true (from what I’ve seen and heard of the British education system, you don’t really learn anything useful for life) I think most people can agree that they did learn some valuable life lessons.
In this post, I want to reminisce on high school.
It’s something that I hate doing because of my negative experiences but I do have some funny stories and more emotional/screwed up stories to share with you.
Obviously, this post is semi-light hearted in places and doesn’t contain every little story that I could tell. Nor does it fully tell my high school experience. So if you want a post about my high school experience or more stories about high school, then let me know with a comment!
1. Writing Fake PE Notes Gets You NOWHERE
I hated PE and sports. I wake up everyday now, thankful I don’t have to do anymore physical exercise against my will.
In Year 7, my first year of high school, I had a sports teacher that really liked me. Being the kid that was an over achiever and basically a teacher’s pet, everyone believed every word that came out of my mouth. So I could write fake sick notes to get out of PE or sweet talk my way out of lessons.
Silly little me thought this would work on all teachers and so when we had a different teacher one lesson, I tried to hand in a fake note.
I looked an absolute IDIOT when she asked to cross reference my fake signature with my mum’s actual signature from my school planner.
The worst part was my response to her questioning the legitimacy of the signature. My EXACT RESPONSE (I’m not making this up) was:
“You should believe me, I’m a very trustworthy person”
How I got away with it? I’ll never know. But I did and that scared me enough to not write another fake sick note again.
2. Black Glitter Nail Polish Counts As Offensive Nail Polish
My school had a strict no tolerance policy when it came to nail polish. One day, I’d forgotten to wipe my nail polish off and got to an assembly and freaked out.
Hoping to somehow be discreet and not let the head of year see my nails, I stuffed my hands in my blazer pockets TOTALLY DISCREETLY.
Needless to say the head of year saw this, he asked to see my nails and sent me to go and clean off my “offensive nail polish” in his office.
3. Teachers Have Eyes Everywhere
As well as a no nail polish rule, my school had a strict no tolerance to mobile phones policy too. This didn’t really bother me because I didn’t really use my phone at school because there was no signal.
But I did get signal in my final year Biology classroom. I was sat there with my friends and I needed to get a message to my mum urgently. So I’m pulling out my phone just as my biology teacher comes in.
Now, it’s worth noting that some of the teachers would just kindly tell you to put it away and not pursue it. And my Biology teacher was LOVELY so when he yelled at me for having my phone out, I kinda laughed it off and asked if he was joking. I told him I’d put it away but he wasn’t joking.
He took my phone and it spent the rest of the afternoon in the head of year’s office.
4. Don’t Let School ‘Friends’ Follow Your Socials
I had a fandom Instagram account and obviously people at school followed this just so they had ammo to bully me. Yep, that’s how my school life went.
But hey, it was followers so I didn’t complain and just posted as I did back then- shitposting and every damn 5 minutes.
It was in Maths that one of the popular girls asked me to stop posting so much on Instagram because I was clogging her feed. She didn’t like my content and this just started a whole class discussion on how shit my Instagram was.
I politely told her that she made the decision to follow me so she really had no room to complain. But did set up a new account which nobody ever found.
I shitposted to my heart’s content.
5. It’s Very Difficult To Explain How You Insert A Tampon
Me and a friend had to explain to another friend how you insert a tampon after PE one day.
I really can’t explain this one much better but all I can say is that it’s hard.
Inserting a tampon is very much a ‘hands on experience’. It’s not easy to explain without actually doing it.
I don’t want to explain this anymore.
6. Popularity Doesn’t Mean Immunity From The Law
A very popular girl found herself in deep trouble with the law after revenge spreading a low year girl’s naked photos.
The police came to school and there’s a rumour (have no idea if it’s true) that she was put on the sex offenders register because of the fact the other girl was underage.
I believe this girl wanted to become a midwife so if this is true… well, she probably needs to find a new career path.
7. People Lie. A Lot.
I’m not going to get into gory details because hey, who knows who reads my blog these days? But high school ‘friends’ taught me how much people actually lie.
And it’s not just the big lies either. It’s lies about insignificant things that don’t need to be lied about and things that really shouldn’t be lied about. It was amazing some of the lies people would come up with just to make themselves sound better.
8. The Novelty Of Social Media Dies Off Eventually
Whether this is true for you or not, I’ve found that the novelty of having Instagram and Twitter wore off during my final years at high school. I can quite happily say that if I didn’t have a blog, I’d have no social media accounts at all.
It was no longer exciting. I found myself getting so much hassle from people at school that I stopped enjoying social media. I was unable to escape what went on at school.
Between high school and starting my blog, I barely used social media and I felt a lot better.
9. Your Grades Do Not Necessarily Determine How Successful You Will Be
Yeah, good grades may get you places. But as I’ve learnt through my own experience, having mediocre grades doesn’t crush your chances. I have a full time job, no A-Levels and no degree. I’m earning a good amount. My GCSE grades weren’t the best they could be. I’m still successful.
Don’t feel you need to get the highest grades in order to be successful. Do what is comfortable FOR YOU and just know that if you’re prepared to put in the work, you can do anything you want to. There’s always a way.
10. The Friends You Have In High School May Not Stick Around
If you end up parting ways from your friends after high school, there’s a chance that you’ll probably not here from them much anymore. It’s sad, but even people I was really close with don’t make an effort to contact me anymore.
That’s not the case for everyone but a lot of people didn’t stick with their friends if they didn’t go to the high school sixth form. It is sad to lose the friends you spent 5 or 6 years with but if they’re proper friends, they’d make an effort and I’ve come to accept that.
What did high school teach you? Let me know!
Lots of Love,