Hello Friends. One of my younger friends who is graduating to high school recently asked me to give her any advice I had on “surviving high school.” I know that going through school and finding friends that match who you are is difficult. High school, especially, is one of the times in your life when you’ll feel pressured to be someone your not. I told her that one thing you can do for yourself is to not resort to acting like someone else because pretty soon, that is who you will become. Don’t build yourself an alternate ego. If you want to have true friends, you need be yourself. I know it’s a corny saying and I’m sure many adults have said this before but it’s true. Going through the drama of school can be confusing and irritating to deal with. You have to deal with popularity, peer pressure, and where to find some cash to buy the latest trends that all your friends are sporting. It’s a completely different world. So, it’s always important to not get caught up in the hype. Of course you want to join in on the fun (I know I did) but you need to know which kind of fun you want to be a part of. There will be a lot of kids who will want to try and impress others and will unfortunately make irrational decisions. Those decisions can damage your reputation for the entire four years of high school. Kids can be ruthless and will look for any flaws in another person to use against them. If you surround yourself with a tight group of friends, it’s very easy to block out the rest of the kids who are negative and rude. So here’s my short summed up survival guide to high school: take comfort in your friends, lean on one another and you can get through anything, remember the good times, don’t regret the bad, forgive and forget, live in the moment and always remember to be yourself.