This was a writing prompt I wrote for my English class last year. I decided to dedicate it to my sister. It’s about things I wish I knew what I first started high school. If you are younger, keep reading, maybe you’ll find something interesting 😉


Hello there, Stephanie. I know that you aren’t 13 anymore, but since the pandemic has affected the beginning of your high school life tremendously, I imagine that it doesn’t really feel like you’re in secondary 3. I want you to have an awesome time, just like I did when I first started. Here’s some advice to keep in mind. 


  • Spend time wisely. It passes by faster than you realize and it’s sadly one of the things you can’t get back. Do your homework, studying, and projects in advance so you have time later. Don’t procrastinate (like I do sometimes…).
  • Ask questions and don’t be afraid to ask if you need help. 
  • Get some sleep. That way, your mood doesn’t have to depend on the weather. 🙂
  • Live life to the fullest. Like: Every moment, every adventure (school trips for example), every breathtaking place, time spent with people you love, every good delicious food, and every feeling, good or less good. Enjoy every little detail.
  • There are two types of friends: friends for life, and friends for fun. Both are good, but it’s important to know the difference. 
  • This brings me to my next point, surround yourself with people you love and are comfortable with. 
  • Be yourself, in other words, don’t try to be someone you’re not. Because you’d be lying to yourself and you won’t end up happy. 
  • Try to do everything you want to do and fight for it. Determine your goals and reach for them.
  • Be kind, to yourself and to the ones you love. Remember that bad times will pass and it won’t always be like that.
  • Do your best, at school, in sports, and in the things you like. Finish things fully, don’t leave them halfway done.


Love always,



(See what I did there 🙂 ) 

Ps: for the people reading this, I wrote this during the time when we were reading the book: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. And I was inspired by Charlie when I wrote “love always, Irene”. Anyway, you should definitely read it :))