I’m not entirely certain why they’re called veggies, but I was
called a veggie countless times in my first year of high school, and I called
many first year students veggies when I became old enough.
My friends suppose we call veggies veggies because they’re
‘fresh to the market.’
We also thought veggies could have a demeaning connotation to
it, since it’s a term for people who are declared brain dead. That’s not very
nice, but high school isn’t very nice.
I am currently in my final year of high school (which is year
12 in Brisbane). I have three months to go until the ‘real world’ comes closing
in on me, and I’ve already begun to contemplate my time in high school.
The good. The bad. The man-I-wish-I’d-known-that-in-grade-eight.
I’d summarize the high school experience this way: It’s not
what you think it’s going to be.
I walked into my first year with excitement, anxiety and the
assumption that I knew how the whole five years of my high school career would
Oh, how very wrong I was.
I remember having the biggest crush on this guy in grade
eight, only to be rudely rejected by him. I felt utterly worthless and certain
he would never return my affections. Now, as a year twelve student and having
lost all feelings for this guy, I am constantly annoyed by his attention.
High school is definitely not what you expect. People you
never in a million years would have pictured becoming friends are friends. You
would’ve bet your life savings that two people would never go out, and they end
up falling deeply in love. People who you thought would never be stripped of
their star at the top of the academic board get their first failing grade.
As adolescents, we’re constantly changing physically (ooh la
la!), we’re constantly changing our minds, we’re constantly changing our
opinions and we’re constantly changing how we feel. A word of advice – it’s
It’s not the end of the world. You’re going to make mistakes,
you’re going to be stressed, you’re going to be down about something sooner or
later, you’re going to procrastinate, you’re going to ‘love’ someone, you’re
going to want to be the most popular, but it’s okay. It gets better.
So I’ll finish off with my top three tips to surviving high
- Relax, it’s all going to be okay. Everything works out in
its own time.
- Think for yourself. Don’t be easily influenced by others
around you, even if they have good intentions.
- The best feeling in the world is finishing an assignment