One of my school teachers can be defined as one word and one word only: unfair.

The purpose of a teacher is to help students learn and give them the grade that they deserve. If they tell you that you can write a guess and it won’t matter if you get it wrong, you expect the teacher to not mark that answer against you. During my french class, Ms. M showed us a picture and told us to put down a guess. I asked her if it was okay if we got it wrong, and she said that it’s fine because it was just a guess. After 1 or 2 classes, I got my homework back and I saw that she had marked off a point. When I asked her what happened, she told me “You have to get it right in order to get the point”. This infuriated me, not only did that lower my mark, it made me lose a lot of respect for her as a teacher. Although I would like to explain how much I despise her marking, I decided to simply say that it is unfair. Of course I will not let my mark drop down, so I am going to send her an email describing everything I’ve said above. Hopefully that works out.

Some teachers even pick on certain students without a reasonable or appropriate explanation. A teacher of mine always thinks that I am doing something else on the computer but are not able to prove that. I hope that my teacher will try and act more adult.




Everyone fights.

Whether it’s with your family, your friends or your enemy. You may hate having that awkwardness but one way or another, you will have to deal with them. A personal experience that I went through today was with my mom. We got into an argument about my academics in school. If you don’t already know, I transferred to a new school in a new country, new continent. It was and still is extremely difficult for me to adjust because I used to live in Canada. I am used to slacking off and still getting an A, boys and girls sitting with each other during lunch, a very defined social hierarchy, and more. After I came here, I noticed that there is 10 times the pressure. Everyone seems to be attending academies almost everyday, and studying until 3 in the morning every night. As I was saying before, my mom took me to this french academy. The woman there was constantly saying the same thing ‘your daughter needs a lot of work..her old school didn’t do it right’. I understand that the teacher wanted to be honest but was it really necessary to say it in a demeaning tone at least 5 times? No, I think not. I tried to indirectly send her a message saying ‘I get it..you can stop now‘. Apparently, I made it way too obvious..As I arrived home, my mom told me that it was completely embarrassing to sit there and listen to a stranger criticize me. My first thought: “How do you think I felt?”. Of course no one is able to completely 100% understand the mind of another, but putting yourself in the shoes of someone else is a  skill you should have. She continuously criticized me and made me feel guilty. I finally understood this saying: “The straw that breaks my back” because everything just kept piling. Once I had enough, I just broke out in tears and went out for some air. I called one of my bestest friends Jung L***. He talked to me about a lot of things and he helped me get through this. I would like to thank him and let him know that I am extremely grateful of what he does for me. Of course after my mom and I made up after but I’m still a little bit upset.

Things to learn from this experience: BEHIND EVERY SINGLE CLOUD IS A SILVER LINING.






“I’m not smart enough”

“I’m not pretty enough”

“I’m not skinny enough”

Everyone seems to have a problem with who they are. People complain about what they look like, their intellectual ability, their personality and more. However, they just don’t seem to realize that people will like you if you just be yourself. If you are loud, be loud, if you are obsessed with indie rock, be obsessed with indie rock, if you are shy, be shy. Stop being concerned with what other people think about certain characteristics. You shouldn’t feel like you have to be someone else because you will never know who genuinely liked you.

Obviously, I say this because I am extremely tired of people trying to act like something they are not. Because of the fact that I know what your personality is like, I can tell when you are doing certain things for attention. It is also obvious why you are doing the things you are doing. Popularity may be very important to a regular teen in high school, but having friends that genuinely enjoy your company should be more important.

I say this with caution because if you have a tendency to lie, cheat, gossip or back stab, it is preferred that you fix those bad habits.



I understand that when your friends are cheating on a test, you feel that it is unfair for them to get a better grade. However, unless they get caught directly by the teacher, it is none of your business. If you tell on them, not only are you putting your social life on the line, you are losing credibility. I doubt that anyone is going to be willing to trust you. The fact that you are going to tell on your “friends” just proves that you should not be trusted with crucial information. I’m not pointing fingers at anyone, but you should all know, don’t get involved. IT’S NOT IN YOUR PLACE TO DO THAT.


If you know that two people are in a fight, do not back talk about each other or tell everyone about the fight. This will lead to false information and you will be the one getting hurt in the end. You really should not even be getting involved in other people’s businesses. Hang around friends that are not going to talk behind your back and the people who are loyal. Stay away from the people you know are always wanting attention.

One of the best things about high school are the different activities you can get involved in. Right now, I am part of clubs where we have overnight trips, conferences, and fundraisers. Through these things, you not only make a lot of friends, you get an unexpectedly amazing experience. If you are in a sport, it’s really fun to go to games and meet the people in the other schools. I am the soccer manager this year and I know that one of the things I’m most looking forward to is making friends on the team and getting to know the people in other schools.

This will definitely help your academic career. I know that you want to put studying and projects to the last minute but it’s crucial that you don’t. When you do, you will be up until 3 in the morning and realizing that you don’t understand something. Even if you email your teacher, you know she/he won’t respond because they are asleep. When you get an assignment, write down the date that it’s due on your agenda and the handout so that you are constantly reminded that the deadline is coming up. Finish your assignments as soon as possible.

One of the things that many people are really interested in are relationships. However, it is highly recommended that you don’t go out with the first person that asks you out just for the sake of going out with someone. When you do that, your boyfriend or girlfriend will lose interest in you and the only feelings that will be hurt is yours. Find someone you actually care about and put a lot of thought before deciding to let them into your personal bubble.

The friends you make in high school are going to last a very long time. Some people decide to make no friends and focus on school only. Although I respect that decision, I don’t recommend it at all. You will make the best of friends and those are the people that will take your phone call at 4 in the morning because you just want to talk. They will eventually be like your family. But make sure you don’t trust everyone you meet because people are unpredictable. So make sure that they are going to be loyal and kind before trusting them wholeheartedly.

These are the 5 rules that I go by to survive high school. Hope this helped.