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    28 Things You Wish You Could Say To Your High School Self

    Your GPA does not define you. Really, it doesn't.

    1. Your SAT score is not a measure of your worth as a human being.

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    2. All of those late nights you spent doing homework will pay off.

    3. Don't worry, not everything you write will be a five-paragraph essay.

    4. Stop memorizing MLA formatting — save some time and use

    5. That zit you got on prom night won't be the worst thing that ever happens to you.

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    6. It's not the end of the world if you skip a few classes.

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    7. The stress of college admissions will end. And it will be glorious.

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    8. Who you sit with at lunch won't make up your social circle for the rest of your life.

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    9. Don't procrastinate summer reading — enjoy the fact that you actually have time to read.

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    10. Go to all of the parties you get invited to.

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    11. But you'll also make memories on the nights you're not at major ragers.

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    12. Teachers aren't just good for writing recommendations. Listen to what they have to say.

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    13. Getting cut from the varsity team doesn't have to ruin your love for sports.

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    14. The outfit you wear on the first day of school isn't actually that important.

    15. If you don't get the lead in the school play, there will be more roles.

    16. And if you end up losing a really important game, you won't be sad forever.

    17. Pay attention in your foreign language class. Being fluent in another language will come in handy.

    18. You're not the only one who feels nervous about sex.

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    19. Just do what you have to do in order to get through gym class.

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    20. Detention won't be the worst thing that ever happens to you. And it won't go on your permanent record.

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    21. Don't think about community service as something you just have to do for your résumé.

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    22. Talking about people behind their backs is hurtful, and they usually end up finding out.

    23. Avoid getting into big fights over little things.

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    24. Your GPA does not define you.

    25. Your senior yearbook quote won't determine how your classmates remember you.

    26. There's no such thing as being "cool" or "popular" or "fitting in."

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    27. You'll survive these four awkward years.

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    28. And you'll be a stronger, better person for it.

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