So if you’re reading this, it means I’ve graduated from high school! It’s very exciting, and I’m quite happy. What does it mean for this blog? Well, not much really. Shar and I have six months ‘off’ before we start university, and we’re going to have all sorts of adventures, and probably start another blog? Anyway, we’ll keep you posted if the schedule is going to change. But because I am incapable of being serious, I thought I’d compare my high school survival methods with the typical YA protagonists.
|The YA Protagonist survived high school by||I survived high school by|
|Getting a boyfriend||Bringing lip balm everywhere (dry lips are the ENEMY, seriously, keep it in your pencil case)|
|Finding and solving a mystery||Finding lots of mysteries, like why do people like Snapchat? And what is calculus? I’m didn’t solve any of these mysteries, but I did learn lots about people and world while doing so.|
|Looking effortlessly fabulous||Putting effort into how I look (speaking of, you may see a book outfit post sometime this summer), but tried to worry about comfort and what I liked, rather than trends|
|Having awesome summers||Having really awesome summers, but they weren’t as idyllic as YA implies. Sometimes you have to *sigh* walk to the pool. Sometimes your friends aren’t around. Sometimes *gasp* the library is closed. Sometimes you have to go hiking with your parents.|
|Ignoring their best friend||Spending time with friends. I could not have survived high school without all my friends. It’s really easy to get wrapped up in your own ‘plot’, the responsibilities and commitments and assignments, but friendship matters too. Sometimes it’s strong last-forever friendship (like Shar), sometimes it’s ‘I will lend you books and convince you to do your homework’ friendship, sometimes it’s ‘I will put up with your angst friendship. Friendship is seriously so important. Don’t ignore your friends, even if you ARE a YA protagonist.|
|Because they fell in love with their (other) best friend||Falling in love with blogging, and YA, running, wearing skirts, and newspaper. And then giving those things lots of time.|
|Not spending time with their families||Spending time with my family. My family are very kind, and supportive, and indulgent of my book buying, and they don’t think I’m too weird, and generally I’m so glad for their support.|
|Not having to do homework||Doing a lot of homework. Procrastinating on a lot of homework. Handing assignments in on time (mostly)|
|Being inspired by cool teachers||Being inspired by cool teachers. But I tried to learn from teachers who weren’t cool as well?|
|Becoming sleep deprived||I need my eight hours (or maybe seven depending on how late I stay up reading), I usually got up around 5:30 to have time for piano and running in the mornings.|
I’m glad that I went to high school, and I’m glad that I finished, and I’m glad for all the people who have helped me–including the lovely readers of this blog. Thanks so much, guys. I also don’t know how I would have spent all this time without YA books and reading and writing, so I’m grateful for that as well. Anyway, this is a milestone for me, but for you it’s probably another Saturday. So tell me about one YA trope that you have experienced and one you haven’t, and maybe how you feel about high school. I look forward to your comments.