I don’t know how in the world it happened, but in 3 months, I’ll be moving to college. I need to have a word with the Time Thief, ya’ll!
I’ve always been a planner, but I certainly didn’t expect high school to come and go like it did. Had I known it would, I probably would have valued each day a little more. I made mistakes and did stupid stuff, and I’m sure I’ll keep learning some things the hard way. But for now, I want to share a few things God has been teaching me over the past few years.
…Things I wish I had held to going into high school. If you’re a freshman getting ready to tackle new adventures and difficult classes, please keep reading. I’m certainly no expert on life, but I want to save you some trouble. ❤
1) Don’t rush it
I distinctly remember sitting at my desk texting my friend (when I should have been doing Algebra) and simultaneously searching for apartments online. I’m pretty sure she was just playing along with my crazy self, but we were busy making plans to rent an apartment together in college. As excited as I was about the possibilities, I honestly can’t stop cracking up (and cringing a little 😉 ) at my 9th grade self. I had no clue where I’d end up going to college, but there I was, house hunting. I’m not sure how I planned to pay for that, but knowing me, I probably expected to have a great job and afford private university and apartment life with no problem. Ha!
All that to say, don’t count on tomorrow. It isn’t promised. God created each day with enormous potential, and we shouldn’t waste a single one!
The future is exciting, and I still love to think about it sometimes. But I’m learning to slow down. Learning to be intentional with right now. Because, whether it feels like it or not, today is just as special as the future.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34, NIV).
2) Treasure your parents
Your parents love you and want to be close to you! You won’t be in their house forever, so make these years enjoyable–not a load of bad memories.
My parents and I are really close, but it hasn’t always been that way. I definitely haven’t always valued their advice or warnings about certain things, and I really wish I had. I could have been spared a lot of heartache and difficult lessons if I had just taken their word for stuff.
Friend, if you have Christian parents, listen to what they have to say. Ask them for help when you need it. Obey them. Even if you feel too old for that obedience stuff, you aren’t. We never grow out of obedience to authority.
I’m not saying parents are perfect, but they’ve lived a little longer than us, and they’re here to help us!
3) Root your confidence in God
There is truly nothing more satisfying than hiding ourselves in Him. Don’t be swept away in the tide of comparison and insecurity, friend. Read God’s Word and build your life on it. Ask Him to remind you of His love and truth. You can’t go wrong when you root your identity in Him.
4) Give every class your all
I can’t even think about my freshman year without cringing and wishing I could erase all my grades. My transcript isn’t bad, but I wish it was better. And it could have been, had I just put in the effort.
Algebra might be hard. Physics might strangle you. History, Geography, or English might haunt you. But give them your all. Find one thing you enjoy about the class and let that positivity keep you going. Make the most of every class and be thankful that you can receive an education! Learning is such an underrated privilege. ❤
5) Don’t panic; just be diligent
Remember Matthew 6:34? That verse is my lifeline.
When you see a mountain, don’t panic! Just climb it one brick at a time. Everything always, always works out. Ask Jesus to help you stay calm and conquer every hurdle, and I promise you, He will. ❤
6) Be intentional with your time
Don’t waste your time procrastinating! Find ways to be more productive and stick to them! Here are some productivity hacks for ya:
- Start your day with Jesus (this helps me kick off the day so much better. Spend a few minutes talking to Him and digging into the Word!)
- Leave your phone in another room while you study.
- Have a phone curfew (turn on do not disturb at a certain time and leave the phone alone)
- Get to bed at a decent hour and get up earlier (it totally beats staying up into the wee hours to get stuff done)
- Use a planner, timers, and eat healthy stuff! (it’s the little things that help!)
That’s all for now!
I hope some of these tips help you as you tackle the coming school year! I know I’ll need these reminders for years to come. ❤