Free Smiles

7 Dec

My senior year is almost over.

Six more months…give or take.

I am overwhelmed with a sense of joy and nervousness.

Over the years I did learn some things. Things that I would love to share with you. I could wait until May or June when I graduate to tell you these things but I’m feeling a little sentimental and passionate today.

So sit back and indulge in what I think you need to be a great student or person.

1. Be academically successful. I learned the hard way that you get nowhere with bad or average grades. You become just another average student, in an average school, with average grades. I don’t like being average. I like being challenged. And I do admit I like the fact that I can rub my good grades in my brothers face while he hides his failing report card.

2. Being punctual is key. Running late for school or work is never a good idea. Sure, sometimes you run behind but some adults never learned this when they were younger. They don’t realize the inconvenience for others. Practicing this will help you with #1.

3. Read. Now I understand that some hate reading. You don’t understand it. You can’t put yourself in the story. It’s boring. But reading will give you knowledge that can help with future events…or make a good conversation.

4. Lend a hand or volunteer. It looks good on your resume and you can meet a lot of interesting people. You become more humble and your view of the world won’t be one-sided anymore.

5. Smile! Anyone who has ever met me can tell you that I smile. When I smile, I feel good and whoever I am looking at usually starts smiling too. If you are a pessimist and you think you have no reason to smile, do it anyway. A fake smile is better than no smile at all.

6. Persistance. Have you ever failed at something and just gave up because you thought you wouldn’t be able to do it right? When you are persistent, you keep at it. Attempt at what you keep failing. If you back off, you are only hurting yourself. Even if you are never able to do something, you can say “I tried my best” and actually mean it.

7. Optimistic. Thinking positive will help keep a smile on your face and help you be persistent. You can’t be a downer all your life. You bring yourself and others down with you. You can make a lot of negatives into positives.

8. Don’t compare. “Oh he is such a better football player than me” or “I wish I were smart like her” are two common thoughts that everybody thinks. Even the most optimistic person in the world has thought of something like this once. The key here is to find what you are good at and believe that is good enough. Comparing leads to jealousy. Remember to be yourself.

9. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Similar to #6, making a mistake yourself leads to a better learning experience. I know it’s a little cliché but it’s true…and that brings me to the next tip.

10. Forget about what others think. One reason you might be afraid of making mistakes it because of worry. Afraid that people will reject you and laugh at you. Their opinions do not count. If they say that you’re a geek…take a look around. Chances are they are failing at something and inside they are just jealous that you are smarter. And people will more likely admire you because you go your own way and have a “I don’t care what you think” attitude.

11. Find a passion that you enjoy. Whether it be knitting or playing soccer. Having a passion will drive you to do something productive. And when you have a passion, you can teach someone that passion or even make a career out of it.

12. Don’t gossip. I know its hard. I do it sometimes without even realizing I’m doing it. But it leads to others getting hurt and even you. Gossiping leads to rumors and we all know how the rumor mill works.

13. Take criticism gently. Many cannot do this. I live off it. If you criticize my work, I strive to make it better, to not make the same mistake. Sure, some criticism is bad and you should ignore it. But you need to learn how to separate the good from the bad. It’ll help you strive to any goal.

14. Challenge yourself. This one is pretty much the base of it all. You challenge yourself and you could potentially achieve some of the things on this list.


Alrighty. Enough with the long list of things to help you succeed. You get my point. And if this information was old news, it might not be to others so share it with others if you want.

Do you have something to add to the list? Or something that should be taken off?


2 Responses to “Free Smiles”

  1. Lucia Quinto 02/04/2012 at 2:27 am #

    Omg, what a discusion

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