CarolineKurzawa, Staff Reporter
As senior year comes to a close, I have come to realize how much of what I believed about high school turned out to be a myth, whether it was about the academic or social aspects. Below, I have laid out what I believe to be the top ten high school myths.
You have more freedom in high school.
While this may be partly true, you are still viewed as a child who needs guidance and discipline, so don’t get your hopes up about high school being a free for all. It’s still a structured learning environment.
Your friend group will stay together forever.
This can be true, but more often than not, people drift apart once they begin taking different classes or become interested in other things.
It’s the best time of your life.
High school has some highlights, but it’s a stepping stone for another part of your life. It’s there to transition you to the next step, whether it’s college, a job or joining the military. The best parts of your life will probably happen after high school.
High school grades determine your college choices.
Yes, how well you do in school matters, but it is not the deciding factor as to whether or not you will attend your dream school. Most of the time your extracurriculars and personal essays also matter a great deal.
Every grade matters.
No, they don’t. This is not to say that you shouldn’t try to maintain good grades. It simply means that maybe not doing as well as you wanted to on a quiz or a test is okay now and then. It tells you what you need to work on.
The teachers want you to fail.
It’s the exact opposite. It’s their job to see you succeed. It’s what they want the most. Sure, some teachers are harder to approach than others if you’re looking for extra help, but they still want the best for you.
You’ll miss it when you graduate.
Most likely, no. You won’t miss it because you are in the next step of your life. High school did what it could for you, and you just won’t miss the lockers or smell of teenage stink.
There aren’t cliques.
Cliques are unavoidable, but sometimes they’re not a bad thing. A lot of the time, a clique is a group of friends who have either known each other for a long time or have bonded over a common interest.
It’s about the same workload you’re already used to.
One thing I was definitely not ready for when I started high school was the amount of work, and not just homework, but projects and class work too. I don’t know why no one tells you how much work high school can be, but it’s a bunch, especially if you are taking an honors or AP class.
It’s the worst.
No, it’s not the worst. Sure, there are some things that are not the most fun, but for the most part, most people will find either a class or an extracurricular that excites them and makes them want to wake up in the morning. The hard part is figuring out what that is because without something to be passionate about, high school can be four, long years of waiting.