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Vanessa on Senior Year, High School Confidential

My senior year was bittersweet. I went through a lot when it came to friends, family and boys. I lost a lot of friends, but also realized who my real friends were. I experienced how mean girls can be and how it felt to be hated by so many people. It was very hard to take in at first, but eventually I became numb to it all and I started to enjoy my senior year. Toward the end, things got better and less stressful and I began to really have fun. Prom was the highlight of my year along with some of the events in cheerleading.

I think I learned most about myself in high school is that I was too much of a people pleaser. I have always tried to make everyone happy in any situation. I tend to put others happiness before mine to make everything go smoother. I realized making people happy isn’t going to make them like you. And it’s IMPOSSIBLE to make everyone happy. So you should always make sure you’re happy before you can make anyone else happy.

I think high school has changed me. I feel that high school has made me a stronger person. I think I’m a stronger person, well, because you literally go through EVERYTHING in high school – friends, boys, family, you name it. I was put through a lot and learned from it all. I also think its made me a better person because I would never want anyone to go through what I went through, so I always try my best to treat people with respect.

I wouldn’t change a thing about my high school experience. I joined every club I wanted to, every sport, and had so much fun. I really think I took everything that was handed to me to my advantage. I worked hard at everything I did and in the end it was all worth it. Even though there were some faults in high school I wouldn’t change a thing because it made me the person I am now, I have no regrets.

I think the only advice I can give teenagers that they will actually LISTEN to is to have fun and to be involved in your school. When you’re involved you meet so many new people and make new friends. Also, don’t get so caught up and worried about being popular or having everyone like you. In the end it doesn’t matter and your real friends will be the ones there for you. Be nice to everyone but don’t be so naive and trust everyone, keep your business to yourself, and just be a good person!