Ten Things I Miss About High School

At the time, I took high school way too seriously. If I could visit my 16-year-old self in a time machine, I would promptly slap her and tell her to calm down. Now I wish I could reverse the clock and have a million times more fun. Needless to say, I miss quite a few things from high school.

1. Minimal homework. Remember back in the day when 10 algebra problems was the perfect way for your teacher to ruin your weekend? Now remember that ridiculous lab report you have due in two days and cry a little.

2. No bills. Okay, maybe your parents asked for you to pay the extra $15 for unlimited texting, or maybe even your car insurance… But with no rent, no utilities, and no groceries to buy every weekend, life was so easy.

3. The school cafeteria. If you think I’m talking about the food, you are kidding yourself. Cafeteria food is, universally, bad cafeteria food. I’m talking about the tables: it didn’t matter if they were divided by clique, all that mattered was that all your friends were found collectively in one place.

4. Lockers. I can’t be the only girl who wrapped her locker door in wrapping paper as a seasonal decoration. I miss these little faux-cubbies.

5. Goofing off during class. Maybe it was just my school, but it always seemed like every class had about 10-30 minutes of down time every single day. This was the perfect opportunity to draw cutesy graffiti on the desks, trade mix CDs with my BFF, or secretly text my friends in other classes underneath the desk. And, ok, those things happen in college too.

6. Rebelling against dress codes. I went to a Catholic school and while we didn’t have a uniform, we did have a pretty strict code of what we could and could not wear. It was always a splendid moment to make it through the day breaking dress code and not get a detention.

7. Working a part-time weekend job and feeling rich. Getting a $200-300 paycheck every month was like angels showering me with gold coins.

8. Myspace. Say what you will, I miss my days as a carefree 16-year-old. Myspace bulletin surveys and emo-tastic pictures. Those were the days.

9. the High School parking lot. At my school, there was a part that the seniors always claimed as “Seniors Only” and any Junior or Sophomore who dared park there was immediately taught a lesson. Also, parking lots are prime hang-out locations for wannabe hoodlums. We felt so tough.

10. Football games. Football games in college are massive affairs. In high school, there was always something a little hokey and retro about the football games, from the 1970s-era stands to the band. So quaint.

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  1. Alice says:

    It gets worse. Enjoy undergrad. I tell myself regarding undergrad what you are telling yourself about highschool right now. (and I'm sure adult Alice will be telling law school Alice the same thing) I think as we get older, new challenges present themselves and we find ourselves feeling nostalgic. I think the best way to combat this is to look at what's going well for you right now. Under grad is fantastic. I loved undergrad and I was also pretty serious. Though in looking back, I can't say with certainty that I'd want to redo some of the things in an exchange to goof off again. I feel similarly about highschool. I can't say that I'd want to go through the anxiety of wondering if I'd get into my top choice school, the loss of good friends, and the worry about what a new experience will bring. I think the key is to just appreciate what's going on now for the joy and challenge that it currently brings and to look forward to the future.

  2. Sarah says:

    Lol I don't miss high school at all. Sure there's a little extra work but overall life is way better now.

    1. bumblebee says:

      what are you doing with your life that makes it way better than being in high school because i would love to know? Also why do you not miss high school? My life after graduating high school sucks now. I am in my 3rd year going into my 4th and final year in college and i hate it so very much. College is the worst 4 years of my life and i never felt so bored, useless, depressed and angree in my enire life. Oh and also partly the reason why college sucks for me now is because i am not really friends with some of my high school friends anymore. Though I am friends with other people who were in my same high school classes and are curently in my same college but its not the same as before. I am also not maturing fast enough to be a good adult and i am a really shy introvert so it makes it harder for me to make myself more social and make more friends on my own. Please give me your input on this post asap!

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  5. Jasmine says:

    The only thing I miss about high school is being carefree. No bills and no rent. The rest of that petty shit you named? lol. I'm living great without it :)

  6. Ellie says:

    wow…you're highschool sounds really cool. I'm a jr highschool now and I never get very little homework. I only get 2 days MAX to finish my lab reports. I don't get downtime during class either, teachers take points off your grade or kick you out for talking. But I do miss myspace alot as well. i dont feel like i get to enjoy these years, I have to help out with rent and bills. ugh!!

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  8. Maura - Rider University says:

    I HATED my high school parking lot. It was like a war zone to get out of there. Lets just say my nightmare came true when I found out a girl backed into my parked car- my dad's mustang convertible. So I def don't miss that part of high school.

  9. Marie says:

    Ha, THAT'S cute. Your highschool must've been cake. I literally have 4 hours of homework every night.

  10. JPB says:

    Minimal homework? Not any school that my kids go to. They tend to have at least a few hours of it every night.

  11. Highschool Sucks A** says:

    Someone doesn't like the fact that the "best" 4 years of there life is behind them.

  12. Jillian says:

    Your high school years sound so easy! I'm jealous! I had 6 hours of homework every night, worried about bills, and I worked to support my family.

  13. Show says:

    I fuck*** miss high school… All my best friends there, chicks and my parents.

    Life was so simple back then and we took it for grant it. I go to college and

    I’m having the time of my life but I always think before I go to sleep on those years

    And how many thing we lost on the way here. I mean I know life is about changes and adapting yourself but I just wish I could repeat those beautiful years. My first kiss, first time I got drunk & high first party I threw firs time getting lucky, first I love ui guess the whole experience of growing up was so fun that a lot of people call it the best years of my life. Me, I call those my treasure memories and they help me get by on rough days. The friends we lost and love we said goodbye will always live in my memories. I’m going back to that place, goodnight :)

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