3 Things I Wish I Did When I Was in High School

Everyone wishes they could go back in time and change something about their life. For me, I wish I could redo my school years. When I think of my High School experience, there’s a few things I wish I could change to make my future just that bit brighter.

Having a younger sister, I often talk to her about the three things I wish I could change and thought maybe I could share it on here for other people too.

When I was in High School I wish I…

Studied harder-

The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is the official secondary school qualification in New Zealand. There are three levels – one, two and three – which correspond to the three years of being a senior student (years 11, 12 and 13). I passed level two which meant I automatically passed level one, but I failed the important one, level three which meant I wouldn’t be able to go to university. It’s my biggest regret about high school. When I was in Year 13 I wanted to be a high school teacher but that wasn’t going to happen without me going to university.

Picked better subjects-

I wish I hadn’t dropped science after Year 10. I was getting top marks without even trying but I found it boring, an opinion that changed by the time I got to Year 12, but, by then it was too late. I also wish I had taken History again after Year 11 and hadn’t studied Economics or Early Childhood Education. It’s hard picking subjects at an age when you don’t know what you want to do with your future.

Been more involved-

I wish I had taken part in more athletics days and school clubs and productions. The only club I was part of was the acapella group that was disbanded before we performed anywhere due to people not showing up. I was a Drama student and yet I only auditioned for two school productions and even when I didn’t get cast I didn’t sign up to work backstage with my friends. I always wanted to be part of a show, I still do.

I do wish I could do high school all over again. Then again, if I did make these changes I probably wouldn’t be writing a blog. There’s no point dwelling on the past, there’s no changing it but if other young people read this and learn from what I consider to be mistakes then what’s the harm in sharing it.


-Amelia xx

One thought on “3 Things I Wish I Did When I Was in High School

  1. it seems like we have similar experiences, these are the exact same things i would want to change about high school. i do hope that people who are in high school come across this post, perhaps it could inspire them to make their time there more constructive!


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