Some of the blogs I follow have “Show and Tell Tuesdays” and I thought I would join in on the fun. This week’s topic is “Tell us advice you would give your high school self”. I thought the best way would be to write it in the form of a letter.
Dear High School Jordan,
It’s Jordan from 10 years in the future. Right now you are in the first week of your senior year– Spoiler Alert– its a pretty darn good year. You will get to make new friends, strengthen friendships that will last throughout college and adult years, and begin a relationship that will change your life.
Looking back, I honestly can’t remember what I learned about in classes, though I’m sure it was important, here are the things I can remember.
1. Marching Band. It was time consuming, hard work, and took place in the heat. More than that though, it was full of laughter, flirting with boys (sorry, Mom), and learning great life lessons. I learned about teamwork, prioritizing time with school, homework, practice and other activities. Enjoy the time with your friends, sister, and all the football games you get to attend! Go Dragons! 🙂
2. Yearbook. Oh man, you pretty much joined this on a whim and you had no idea what you were getting yourself into. It was supposed to be “Photojournalism” thinking you would just learn about photography and cameras. NOPE. Thankfully, you had two great friends in there that helped you survive. The great things from being in this class is you were able to put names with faces when compiling the yearbook and meeting people you never would have had a chance to. Enjoy ALL of those everything bagels and cream cheese Mrs. Rose would bring to class. Don’t spend half an hour crying over a deadline. Just get in there and get it done. So you had to stay after school a few times, it was preparing you for the extra hours you would have to put in for your capstone courses, grad school and ALL the deadlines you would have to deal with as a commercial real estate appraiser.
3. Girlfriends. Some of these girls continue to impact your life. Just driving around town and blasting your mixed CD’s (btw, these are so 2007) and singing along are some of my favorite memories. Walking around Town Square, drinking Starbucks and hanging out by the fountain, dancing together at banquets and prom, being silly and crazy and not having to worry about who is watching. Enjoy this time, take lots of pictures and don’t take this time for granted.
5. Boyfriends. We all know you have been boy crazy since Kindergarten, and you have had a few boyfriends along the way. Your senior year you will have two boyfriends… You will get dumped. Cry about it for a bit, then forget about it. God sends you someone that will change your life. He ends up being the reason you transfer colleges (see below), go to grad school, and gives you a chance to live your dream of being a stay at home mommy.
6. Prom. Don’t go to Ulta to get your hair and make up done. Don’t do the rhinestone barrette. Pick a different dress. Do have a great time dancing with that cute guy that ends up being your husband. Do have an awesome time at the after party.
7. College. I am SO glad you didn’t have any idea of the future. Go to OU, enjoy every second of it. Do the year of long distance – it will be tough but it shows that what you have is real. Transfer to A&M and have a blast. Get involved. Make lifelong friends. Learn all that you can.
8. Body Image. You aren’t fat in high school. I repeat, you are NOT fat. Enjoy being able to eat whatever and not weigh more than 110 lbs. Mama misses those days…
All in all, high school was great, but don’t be sad about leaving. College was amazing. Life after college is pretty darn awesome. Enjoy your time in each place. It goes by so fast.