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R2D21999
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So I got my high school schedule for next year and it'll be my first time attending high school. So I just have one question, does anyone have tips for "surviving" high school?

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Jacen96
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Don't procrastinate.
Don't worry about what people think about you.

and most importantly, DON"T PROCRASTINATE.

~~~Darth Caedus

Riptizoid101
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You seem to be in quite a dilemma. Perhaps you need...

69_69_69
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Don't procrastinate, especially if you take advanced classes. Some teachers give homework in an amount that would make you think that they are the only teacher that you're getting homework from. That times 6 equals death if you try that at the last minute....unless you want to pull an all-nighter like I did when I was new.

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First off, don't expect anyone to talk to you ever. I went in with a mindset that everyone would be friendly, and that if I initiated a conversation with someone, they too would say something. Well, needless to say I was indeed disappointed. Everyone talks to everyone else, but nobody goes out of their way to talk to you. I know from firsthand experience that this is definitely what happens to everyone in high school.

If you think a girl has a crush on you, she's probably just being friendly. That turned out to be the case with 100% of the girls whom I thought may have potentially liked me a little bit, and is always the case with everyone. High school girls only go for guys who drink, smoke cigarettes, wear black leather jackets, and ride motorcycles. Society hates that kind of behavior. High school girls love it.

Additionally, don't eat lunch at school. Cafeteria food is just hair from a can, and even food brought from home is always terrible. The best thing you can do is wait until dinnertime to eat anything. Even breakfast could make you sluggish. I lost 20 pounds in 3 months near the end of my junior year from eating just one meal a day at dinnertime, and I was already incredibly thin before that. The weight loss had nothing to do with the clinical depression high school caused me.

Lastly, don't use the bathrooms at school. Even in this day and age, with all the technology they have in the world, they can't make a high school bathroom smell nice or not look horrifying. You're better off peeing in a janitor's closet or in the wastebasket in the corner of the room. Nobody will bat an eye if you do that. People don't notice anything you do in high school. Everyone is already invisible to everyone else.

I'm so glad I graduated last year, before the federal government administered the mandatory "row 50 miles upstream by yourself to graduate" exam.

69_69_69
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Very, very true @Terry_The_Disco_King . Even though I'm never really ignored (I just like to avoid other people, who sometimes find a way to get to my table in a distant corner, although this is very rare) most people will just ignore you. Unless you get involved in something, and start talking to people there, nobody will ever really want to know about you. It also helps if you have friends from middle school.

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I'm so glad I graduated last year, before the federal government administered the mandatory "row 50 miles upstream by yourself to graduate" exam.


Is that where they're trying to beef up homework and exam difficulty to try and "compete with other nations" or is that just Indiana?

If you do anything embarrassing, expect the student body to never let you hear the end of it and judge you for it for months.
nichodemus
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Just study. C'mon, show your books and desk some love.

69_69_69
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I never study, but I always get A's. It depends on what type of student you are. I've met people that can memorize whole pages in ten minutes, while I have to spend two hours on homework each night. I also hate showing desks some love, @nichodemus.

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A few big things that got me through

1) Learn to cheat. The American education system is horrible, so teach yourself useful stuff in your spare time, and cheat your way to glory.

2) Learn the 'alming' technique used by magicians and shoplifters. Goes a long way in your cheating career.

3) If you have the option, pick a seat ideal for your cheating career. Your thought process for picking a seat shouldn't be "who looks most friendly" or some bs like that, but "what seat gives me optimal cheating capabilities". Preference towards the back, down the line of where your teacher sits, so you can hide movements behind students in front of you.

4) If you don't have set seats, study the teachers movement habits, and on test days pick ideal spots based on his movements (what seat is seen least by him/her when walking around, if they do so during tests)

69_69_69
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@pangtongshu, all I can do is shake my head. Don't give him bad advice. *frowns ridiculously*

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I'm just going to quote other people and offer my opinion on what they said because it's 11:50 and I'm too brain-dead for this.

Don't procrastinate

THEY SPEAK THE TRUTH
DON'T BE ME
First off, don't expect anyone to talk to you ever.

It depends on how friendly you are. On the first few days, it's fairly easy to strike up a conversation with the person next to you if you don't know them. I go to a fairly huge school with about 3,000 students, so not recognizing people was the norm for the first few forever.
High school girls only go for guys who drink, smoke cigarettes, wear black leather jackets, and ride motorcycles. Society hates that kind of behavior. High school girls love it.

I don't. A lot of the people I know don't. You gotta not generalize, Terry...
Additionally, don't eat lunch at school. Cafeteria food is just hair from a can, and even food brought from home is always terrible.

Depends on what kind of home food. But yeah, Cafeteria food is pretty nasty. Except the fries...and if your highschool has vending machines, buy things from there. It's usually ridiculously cheap. I mean, they sell grass-flavored cookies for 35 cents. And if you're good, they let you off campus for lunch at Cook Out or KFC or one of the weird chain restaurants near my school.
Lastly, don't use the bathooms at school.

Pee outside in the bushes if you have to. Actually don't. But school bathrooms are still pretty bad. I mean, even today I was forced to use one and there was suspicious liquid all over the floor. However, there's always one or two good bathrooms that are safe, if you're lucky...
If you do anything embarrassing, expect the student body to never let you hear the end of it and judge you for it for months.

It once again depends on how big the student body is. I do lots of stupid things in school, and I've only been ridiculed a few times before everyone forgot about it. Maybe it's because I'm not exactly at the top of the popularity thing. Speaking of popularity, at my school that doesn't seem to be a big thing either. Make a few friends, and then from then on everyone orbits in their own circles. (Or maybe because, once again, I'm at a big school, and people don't have time to bully each other, or so I've seen).

Make sure you don't offend the people who are gay/lesbian/trans/whatever the heck they want. They seem to get offended easily. I personally have nothing against them, but make absolutely sure you know someone's gender before talking to them. Maybe this isn't a big thing in other places. Who knows.

Oh, and
69_69_69
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because I feel like it I'm going to follow up on that unfinished sentence by saying again that teachers are very, very mean with the amount of homework they assign. Like, very mean. Some nights I work from 6:00 pm to 4:00 am just doing homework, but that's only when I do my homework all at one time.

Jacen96
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@storm, your school sounds like it really sucks, it actually isn't that bad here.

~~~Darth Caedus

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Man high school is chill. I am not going to tell you to do drugs but I am also not going to tell you not to.. lol. but you probably shouldnt. you might walk into the wrong classroom and sit down for 15 minutes before realizing its a different class. I will not say that it happened to me but I will also not say that it didnt..

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all I can do is shake my head. Don't give him bad advice. *frowns ridiculously*


heh "bad advice"
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