In today’s blog post, I have gathered a list of “Back to School” themed affirmations, reminders, and advice. I was so excited to have others also got involved with the creation of this list. Beatriz, a close friend of mine, describes themself as a Queer Filipinx artist of color who has a life crisis every other day. The other person involved with the creation of this blog post is Lindsey Turnbull. Lindsey is the founder of MissHeard Media, which creates media and events that help tween and teen girls find their voices and inner power. I hope you all, whether in school or not, are able to be inspired by this post. Life can be difficult for anybody, in school or not, and hopefully some of these reminders are able to influence you in a positive way.
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Your grades DO NOT define you, define your value, or are not always a direct reflection of your efforts.
College is not the only path.
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Reward & pride yourself in your hard work.
Mental health comes first. Remember it is okay to take breaks and stop the school grind to take care of yourself and your well being.
You never know someone else’s story. Every time someone spreads rumors, makes mean comments, places judgments on someone else, they are bringing harm onto someone else. Try to remain open minded and kind as you never know what someone else is going through. You’d rather leave school knowing you were kind, built a community of good friends and people, and made someone else’s day, rather than provide negativity into someone else’s day.
It’s okay to ask for help! There is always at least someone who has an open mind and open ears ready to hear you out. If you are struggling, I really encourage you to reach out to someone and ask for help, ask to vent, ask for company. It’s okay to need help. I’ve had to ask for help, from help on homework to help with mental health. Asking for help is okay. And if someone does not listen and does not provide the help or understanding you need, that does not mean no one will. I promise you someone is out there to help.
Don’t belittle your struggles. Going to school and being surrounded by pressures, stresses, judgements, and learning curves is difficult. Not to mention our personal struggles that will always tie in the mix. Your struggles are valid, and it is normal and OKAY to struggle. And to (wait for it) ask for help.
Identity is difficult at a young age. Who are you? And, I’ll tell you what, you may never find a direct answer to that question. Or, your answer will always be changing. You don’t need to know right now. You just need to know there is always at least someone out there who love the you you are right now. You don’t have to change your person for anyone else, as much as society craves that.
Surround yourself with a community of people that bring the best out of you, and you them.
It’s okay to not know what you want to do with the rest of your life. No one at a young age knows. No one at an older age knows. I personally went into college undeclared. Sometimes plans change, and sometimes they change a lot. It’s okay to explore those interests and hobbies and passions.
You are always creating who you are and who you are to be. Much like your plans, it’s okay to not know who you are. Identity has a multitude meanings, but, at the end of the day, your being will always be growing, changing, and learning. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to find answers right now.