Seven NOT’s for High Schoolers

  1. Do NOT cheat on exams. You will not benefit from attempts to get academic credit in a dishonest, disrespectful, or unfair way. Always study, follow the rules for examination, and put forth effort in everything you write your name on. 
  2. Do NOT do drugs. Drugs are a mistake that can ruin your life. Drugs ruin your relationships with the people closest to you and prevent you from achieving your dreams. It takes years to build a good reputation and seconds to ruin it.
  3. Do NOT Bully Other People. There are many people who don’t feel safe in school because of bullying. Don’t be the person who brings others down. You don’t have to be friends with people you don’t like, but don’t try to make their lives miserable. Treat them with decency. You WILL receive consequences of your actions.
  4. Do NOT be late for class.  This might be ok in the first few days of school, especially when you’re new to the school. However, constant tardiness shows lack of effort and attention to your responsibilities and lack of consideration for other people’s time. Show respect for others by arriving on time.
  5. Do NOT disrespect your teachers or administrators. You may disagree with their rules, but they have a lot on their plate too, and only want the best for you. 
  6. Do NOT try to be popular. Comparing yourself to others in terms of popularity is a waste of time that only makes you feel insecure about yourself. Trying hard to impress others only makes you less likeable because you’re being inauthentic. Form genuine friendships instead.
  7.  Do NOT overwork. Studies are important and you should always do your best, but do not work beyond your limits to the point you neglect your well-being and your relationships. Always remember to take breaks from work and spend time with family and friends.