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What did we learn in school?

When people are asked what they learned in college, most say, “Nothing.” But usually they are thinking about academics. However, academics are the least thing you will learn in your time there. The most important lessons learned have nothing to do with academics. Your high school years are a period of growing both physically and mentally. They should prepare you to go out into the world and live your life. Here are ten things all students should learn while they are attending high school.

Goal setting is important in life. It will help provide a road map with which to live. Those who feel that their lives are out of control probably don’t know where they heading. If you know where you expect or want to be, then it will be easier to bring yourself back on track if you find that you are going off course. With goal setting, motivation follows. One must learn how to be self-motivated. No one has the desire to be your motivator. They have too much to worry about themselves. You need to find that drive deep within yourself. You need to learn to push yourself to do the things necessary in order to reach those goals you have set. Additional skills to help you achieve those goals are time management and organization. Being organized will make your life so much easier. You will be able to know when things need to be done and where the things to make tasks happen are. And by being conscious of time management, you can set a plan for your day, organizing your tasks in the most logical sense so that you can accomplish the most of them with the least amount of time.

Learning commitment should also be mastered during these years. Committing to finishing your homework, committing to a sports teams, committing to the clubs you join. Finishing what you start will be extremely beneficial in your later years. And yes, this even means committing to finishing when your team is not doing well, or when the club is not as fun as you had anticipated. Life is not always full of joyous times. Learning to be committed to working through the good and the bad help prepare you for your future.

Communication is a crucial tool in ones work life as well as personal life. Therefore, communication skills, spoken and written, need to be learned during this period. You must learn how to write and speak in order to properly express yourself. Also, learn to ask questions and learn how to get answers to your questions.

When one is out in the working world you will be expected to perform specific duties. These duties usually come with instructions on how to accomplish the duty. Learning to accept instruction will be a demanding skill to have in the working world. Especially for a young adult who feels like they know everything and are ready to take on the world. They need to be receptive to learning and to listening. The earlier they realize that there will always be room to grow, the better. They must also learn the art of taking responsibility for the actions you take or do not take. Even if taking those responsibilities end up with negative consequences. We have all made bad decisions. But if we own up to those bad decisions, chances are the ramifications will be less. And people will have a more positive view on us for admitting we did something wrong. When you do something wrong and never admit to it, but then it comes out, perhaps months or years later, it can cast a dark shadow over you professionally, and personally. The trust you had built with others has been damaged.

Lastly, learn about yourself. These years give you a crucial opportunity to experience new things, meet new people, and experiment. Learn what you really enjoy. Learn what type of people you enjoy being around. Learn what you are good at and not so good at. You accomplish this by exposing yourself to many different things. Join clubs. Join sports teams. Make new friends. Perhaps do things that you may not have thought about doing in the past. It may turn out that you actually really enjoy doing them. These years will give you the opportunity to do these things like no other period in your life.

During your high school years you will be asked to learn many things, most of which you will not remember when you leave school. However, if you learn the skills above you will set yourself up for the ability to succeed at whatever you do and be a much happier person doing them.

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