High School Reflection

It's so bittersweet knowing that today is finally graduation day. After looking back on it, I've realized that high school has definitely been four of the best years of my life so far. I have made amazing friends, had the best memories, and been with the sweetest guy these past four years. There are so many lessons I've learned during my time in high school that I would love to share with any incoming freshman or gal already in high school!

one // the people you surround yourself with now may not be around forever
My friends freshman year are completely different from the friends I have now. I have nothing against the girls that I used to hang out with; we still get along very well. I just didn't feel like I had much in common with them, which is why I have the friends I have now. High school is all about trial and error when it comes to finding the perfect group of people to hang out with, especially for me since I only knew about five people when I came to my school. It's okay to not stick around with the same people as long as the people you choose to be with make you happy.

two // grades aren't everything
I'm fortunate enough to say that I'm graduating as 8th in my class. I worked hard in school freshman year and worked even harder sophomore year. I worked so hard sophomore year that I was always doing homework and studying, I rarely had time for friends, I freaked out if I got any grade on a test or quiz that was less than an A-, and I had an unreal amount of stress. That year really caused me to open my eyes and realize that grades are not everything. Yes, it was a super rewarding feeling to end the year with all As. But it wasn't worth my misery and stress. I did try during my junior and senior years, but I didn't freak out about grades. I can honestly say I was so much happier the last two years. The fact that I didn't push myself too hard and still ended up as 8th in the class just proves my point.

three // always say yes
There were often times that I would be asked to go somewhere or do something, but I would be tired and want to stay home. I would go out 50% of the time I was asked, which I would say is a good ratio. Unless you really don't feel like going out, always say yes to plans. Spontaneous plans make the best memories. High school is pretty much the only time you can truly enjoy yourself and have fun before you need to step into the real world.

four // look for opportunities
High school is full of opportunities. Take them. Got asked to be on yearbook committee? Join to show your love of graphic design. Want to get a job? Apply to a ton of different places in order to have money for hanging out with friends. Love playing sports? Join a team to get exercise. You never know when you'll find something you love.

High school was definitely a rollercoaster, but the good absolutely outweighed the bad. I'm so thankful for everything I've learned these past four years, and I can't wait to see what the next four years has in store for me!


  1. Congratulations Ashley! Isn't it hard to believe high school is over now? Your tips were all spot on in this post!
    xo, Scarlett
    The Trendy Chick

  2. congrats! number two is so true to me too because I would definitely put an unhealthy amount of stress and disappoint for grades. I always love reading these kinds of posts!


  3. Happy graduation day! So excited for you as your begin your journey as a college student!

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  4. Congratulations! It's a long haul, but it's definitely worth the effort. I agree, grades aren't the most important thing you can take away from high school. They're important, to be sure, but making memories and growing into yourself is just as valuable. http://www.pinewood.edu