What I Love About School // ft. balance, learning, & school of positivity blog tour!!

It’s so easy for me to only think negatively about school.

After all, at first glance, there’s a lot to complain about. Homework, studying, exams, a lack of free time- these are things I often find myself dreading these things and generally wishing they would fall into a black hole. Or a Vanishing Cabinet and end up far, far away. But today I’m focusing on the positive aspects of school!

I think it’s very important to go into things you’re feeling worried or stressed for with a positive outlook. At least in my experience, if I’m dreading something and I consistently think about or talk about the negative aspects of it, then I start to dread it even more. The only way for me to escape this vicious cycle is to be optimistic!

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That’s why when Annie reached out to me and Abigail and asked us if we’d be interested in collabing with her to talk about the things we loved about school, I got so excited. Not only would I be able to work with fellow bloggers I admire, but I could spread some school-related positivity to myself and hopefully to others as well.

Each of us are talking on our blogs about things we love about school (we wrote all our lists independently, but there might be some overlap) and the posts came out in a sort of marathon, with both of them posting in the last two days.

Please make sure to go check out Annie’s post and Abigail’s post! They’re both such wonderful bloggers and people, and it was an honor to work with them on this. Also, Abigail made the graphic for us, and it’s amazing! And now, without further ado, let’s get into the things I love about school!

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The first, frequently overlooked but incredibly important, reason school is important to me is because I know my education is such a privilege.

Not only am I lucky to live in a day and age where, as a woman, I am able to attend school and in the future, a university, but I am also immeasurably lucky to even have access to any education at all.

Education isn’t a guarantee for everyone. For some people, it isn’t an option at all. I will never stop being grateful for the education that has been available to me, and I hope to do everything in my power throughout my lifetime to help make sure more and more people in the world are given this same opportunity.

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Another thing I love about school are teachers who genuinely care. Growing up with both my parents as teachers, I learned to appreciate and value teachers from an early age, because their job most definitely isn’t easy.

I’ve had teachers that are so passionate about their subject, and it made me passionate about the subject too! I’ve also had teachers that connect to their students and care more about them as people than about their grades, and it’s really amazing when teachers are like that.

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This is footage of me running towards my biology class this last year because my teacher made all the classes so fun and she truly cared about us all! Her lectures were riveting and she loved biology so much. Now I love biology!!

I think we can all agree that the teacher can make or break the learning experience, and I love when I have teachers that enhance my learning and are just great people.

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I also love that school has helped me develop a love for learning. I’ve loved learning for as long as I can remember and I don’t think that’s going to change anytime soon.

Loving learning doesn’t mean that I’m always going to be excited for a school day, that I’m going to look forward to my homework or to studying, but it does mean that I have a thirst for knowledge and that I enjoy learning new things and becoming more educated about the world around me.

I have school to thank for this! And also my parents, because like I said, they’re both teachers and had a hand in instilling this in me. This love for learning has been with me since I was in elementary school, back when school was more relaxed and was more about learning than anything else.

Now that I’m in high school, and school is more about getting AP credit and keeping up my GPA and getting into college, my love of learning that was developed early on has kept me going. Otherwise, I think I would have stopped trying a long time ago.

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School has also helped me learn to balance my life, and while I kind of hate it for making me balance so much, I also know this is a vital skill and so I have to love it for teaching me this.

Me trying to balance school, dance, blogging, reading, and my life in general pretty much results in me doing some kind of odd catching-my-balance dance like in the gif below.

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But!! I’m getting better and better at balancing every year, and I’m really thankful that I’m learning how to balance now instead of later in life. I know this will end up being really helpful in future years- whether that’s at college or in the real world.

It’s always going to be important to balance your life, and I love school for making sure I’m experienced at this before it’s do-or-die.

Also, Xandra recently wrote a really great post about balancing blogging and school! I’m linking it here because I think it has some really great tips for juggling the two, and I know a lot of y’all are also school age and could hopefully benefit from her advice.

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The fifth and final reason I love school is a little lighter and more simple, but it is because I get to spend time with my friends and meet new people!

For me, the best parts of my school day are always spent with friends. Whether we have a class together and are partnering up for a project, we’re spending study hall studying or not studying together, or eating lunch and debriefing about our days, seeing my friends is awesome.

I’ve met almost all of my best friends from being in school with them at one point or another (my best friend and I met in second grade, and one of my other best friends and I met in sixth!) and now I don’t know what I would do without their friendships.

All I have to say is, thank you school, for introducing me to my best friends and for giving me an opportunity to (mostly) see them every day.

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There we have it, a list of things I love about school!

As a disclaimer, this post is not meant to downsize or belittle any negative aspects of school. By sharing the positive aspects, I’m not saying there aren’t negative aspects or saying that those aren’t valid. This post is merely meant to shine light on the positive parts of school and to provide an optimistic mindset!

If you’re also going back to school soon (or if you already have), I hope this post could give you some motivation to keep pushing through. You got this and I believe in you! ❤

Thank you again to Annie and Abigail for making this happen! If anyone else wants to participate in this blog tour of sorts and post about what they love about school, please do, and I know we’d all love to read your post.

The last thing before I stop rambling is quick reminder that I do have a blog survey on my last post, and if you’d like to take it I would be eternally grateful! But seriously, please no pressure. I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Have you gone back to school yet? If so, how is it going so far? How do you stay positive during the school year? I’d love to talk with you in the comments.

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49 thoughts on “What I Love About School // ft. balance, learning, & school of positivity blog tour!!

  1. YESSSSS I love this list!!!!

    I didn’t go back to school yet but I remember I LOVED school as a kid. And I still do. Not as much because high school is a little less familiar but nonetheless I’m grateful for education and even if I don’t like a subject, I try to over-achieve it if that makes sense. If there’s time, I’ll just give my effort and it really pays off. The year ahead of me I heard was a jump from the last but I’m hoping I can maintain this attitude towards school and I agree with everything you said. My best of friends were met through school and it just has so many memories. I remember I hated school last year because I had so many friendship issues and getting along with other people issues at this one particular school and even tho the teachers were awesome, I think it’s also the students around you that shape your experiences.

    Love this post!

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    • Ahh, thanks so much, Bayance!

      I remember loving school as a kid, too. I always get nostalgic when I think back on my memories of elementary school, just because it was so genuinely fun and I have so many positive experiences from it. I definitely agree that the people around you shape your experiences! I’m lucky to have some friends at school that I can rely on to be there for me, and that makes the school days all the more better.

      Thank you again! I hope your year is phenomenal when you do go back, and even though you’re going into a harder year, you definitely got this.🤗

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  2. Lovely post, Olivia!
    It’s definitely hard to see the good in things sometimes, but I’m glad you managed to do so here. I know I hated school growing up, but looking back I can definitely relate to some of these and am very grateful to have had the opportunity to have an education, which not many people do.
    There are always negatives, but you’re right: to focus on the positives will certainly bring about a lot more energy and happiness than wallowing in self-pity and what can’t be changed, anyway!

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    • Thank you, Sophie! ❤
      So true! It's easy to dislike school in the moment, but when I look at the big picture I always realize that it has more upsides that I originally can think of.
      Thank you for the kind comment, Sophie!

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  3. This is such a great post!! Teachers that actually care about their students make such a difference–I’ll always remember the teachers and professors who went out of their way to encourage and help me ❤

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    • Aww, thank you, Holly! I wholeheartedly agree with that.💗I know even years from now, when I look back on my school experiences, I’ll have certain teachers that stand out as shaping my education. I’m so glad you have similar experiences!

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  4. My parents are both teachers too so I know 100% what you mean when learning was instilled at an early age! It’s really fun to learn (especially if your teacher really does care) and it can make you see the world around you a little bit better and little more clearly. There are so many great things in the world and the more optimistic we are about it the better it will seem (and the better we will feel)! Going back to school is always hard but looking at the bright side is better than being sad. Great post! 🙂

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    • Ah, the type of instilled learning that only people with two teachers for parents can understand.😂That’s awesome! I love what you said about seeing the world more clearer the more and more education you have, because it’s so true. Thank you, Jai Lynn!

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    • Aww, thank you, Kay! I’m the same way. Now that I’ve been in school for a couple weeks, I definitely have looked back at this post and thought, “how innocent I was three weeks ago before I actually had homework” but it also has made me feel better and more positive about school.

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  5. i go to school in two days and this is exactly what i needed to hear! a lot of time i’m complaining about school, which makes me lose sight of how privileged i am to receive an education which opens up many opportunities for me that a lot of people don’t have. hope you have a great school year, olivia ❤

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  6. I’m in NZ so I started school a while ago, but I am more than ready for my end of term holidays!
    I spend most of my classes now browsing blogs, because it helps keep me centered when I’m stressing.
    – Emma 🙂

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  7. I miss school sooooo much! I can’t believe i’m done for now and i just miss the fresh semester start and planning all my classes and just the whole vibe, sadness.
    but i loved this post and i hope you have a lovely start back to school!

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  8. Optimism definitely is everything! My dad always taught me that all you can control is your attitude & your effort. I’m definitely struggling with school and have been since I started college. My dream is to be at a different university, but that’s not what God has planned for me as of right now, so I’m really learning to live this mantra! Both of my parents are teachers as well, and I can definitely attest to my love for reading and thirst for knowledge coming from them too :’) Really enjoyed this post xx

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  9. This is a really lovely post, Olivia! I agree that school is not always sunshine and rainbows, but oftentimes the positive aspects are overshadowed by the negative aspects of it. I read somewhere that whenever we feel negative about something, try to think of it as “I GET to do this” instead of “I HAVE to”. It’s not always easy, but it definitely helps!

    I love teachers that are passionate about the subject they are teaching! It makes learning more fun, because a) they actually know the subject b) they try to find ways to make it fun, so they can pass their love of the subject to us too and c) you can just FEEL it, and I love it! It took me a long time, but I appreciate teachers more as I get older. It’s definitely not an easy job, I have so much respect for their workload and patience they have!

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    • Aww, thank you very much, Tasya!💘I seriously agree with that so much- it’s not easily to live in the “I get to” over “I have to” mindset, but making the shift to it can make all the difference in the world, especially with something like school.

      Exactly! I can never thank the teachers enough that have truly been passionate about their subject. They’ve made me into a better learner, person, and student! I have such a high respect for teachers, too- I could never do what they do (although I wanted to for a long time, haha).

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  10. Once upon a time there was a girl who was duel-enrolled, which means she’s doing college classes at home on the computer before technically graduating high-school. She spent many early mornings and late nights pulling her hair out over procrastinated assignments until finally — FINALLY the classes were over and she was F R E E at last!
    She had many, MANY plans for her break. Like writing a bunch of blog posts for when she was back doing school, or finishing her novel’s outline, or reading zillions of books, OR GROWING HER MUCH NEGLECTED BOOKSTAGRAM.
    Did she do these things? No, no she did not.
    And now classes are about to start back up again.
    …Little to say, she is currently having an internal crises.

    X’D (Man, I take WAY too much entertainment from talking about myself in third person, XDD)
    (Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ve learned anything though from this whole experience, as I’m still currently procrastinating, so….that’s rather concerning)

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    • Okay, well, this story is awesome.😂That’s pretty cool you’re doing duel enrollment! My high school offers dual classes before school and a lot of my friends are doing it this year. I completely relate to having an internal crisis about not accomplishing everything I wanted to during summer, but definitely don’t feel too bad about it. After all, it sounds like you were able to relax and destress and that’s what summer’s all about after all!

      Please never stop talking about yourself in third person, Julia. XD I hope your back to school goes brilliantly! ❤

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  11. Aww, this is such a lovely post, Olivia! I’ve honestly always loved learning and going to classes! Learning new things has always been so exciting to me, and even when exams came crashing in, I still enjoyed being able to obtain knowledge about certain subjects! And school has always been a great place to meet friends! ❤

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  12. Ahh, whohoooo!
    Haha, that can’t wait to learn gif is great. Wow, your biology teacher sounds great. I have a feeling that my physics teacher is going to be like that too. In his first day presentation he talked about the other class he teachers-astronomy-and said, I like teaching that class more than this one if that’s possible. He also didn’t think to mention his wife or his kids in his introduction, which I thought was pretty funny. He did tell us that he loves the Lord of the Rings books, doesn’t really love the movies because they don’t always portray it all, but loves the movie scores.
    Wow, one of my dreams is to go to school with my best friends. If I was ever able to change anything, I usually say I wouldn’t change anything because it feels like cheating, but I think that would be the thing I would choose.
    Yes, I went back to school on Thursday! How’s school been for you so far?
    And thank you for the reminder that education is a privilege. I really need that every day.

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    • Haha, thank you! Ohh, your physics teacher sounds good. That’s so cool your school has astronomy- I think mine has something called Earth & Space science? But that’s the closest thing to outer space we’ve got. 😉 I love that he told you he liked Lord of the Rings. I feel like if I were a teacher I would be sure to mention that I loved Harry Potter on the first day…
      Ahh! I’m really lucky to have great friends at school. It helps that some of my dance friends actually go to my school, so we get to be school friends and dance friends.
      School has been…school…I really like all my teachers, which is good, but I’ve just gotten a huge workload so far, because ya know, junior year. How has yours been?
      Me too!

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  13. honestly, this series is so important! i am someone who’s quite passionate about education. if i’m being honest, i do loathe most things that come with school/college, but i mostly blame our system that fails us repeatedly as students and make us feel like studying is a chore and not a privilege! however, it is a dream of mine to grow up and be able to have my own school where kids can learn at their own pace and truly *enjoy* learning and being grateful for it.
    i completely agree with you that we should always remind ourselves how lucky we are to have access to education to begin with!
    back in 2017, i was assigned to read the book “the white rose”, which is a non-fiction book following the resistance movement called “the white rose” during nazi german. i think it was after that read that i was truly able to see the importance of education and made me feel thankful that i have it. the book shows how these people were only able to really see what was happening in their government because they had been introduced to people like aristotle and other philosophers once they got into university. even though they’d been raised in nazi german, education was what gave them the strength to stand up against it.
    it’s a really powerful story and made me realize how much i’d taken education for granted before. if it wasn’t for people like them, who fought so that we could have our most basic human rights, we’d perhaps wouldn’t even be here, able to complain about tests and homework!

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    • Thank you so much, Lais! Oh my goodness, I wholeheartedly agree. I truly hope your dream school can be made a reality someday, because if so much success comes from students who feel stressed and don’t even particularly enjoy school, I can’t imagine the successes that would come from a group of students who fully loved and enjoyed their learning experiences!
      Wow, I’ve never heard of The White Rose before, but it sounds so powerful! Education is just such a huge tool and genuinely shapes the world. It’s such a privilege and I’m so grateful for it.❤️
      So true! Thank you for this comment, my friend.

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  14. Aaah, this post is so great!! I go back to school tomorrow and I am so not ready for it. People are always talking about the negative aspects of the school, so it’s so great to see a positive take on it. In high school, my favorite part of school was being able to hang out with my friends and getting to know people who I usually wouldn’t have spoken to. College is a bit different, and though I’m not a fan of all the stress and assignments and exams, I love being able to learn such interesting things that will help me with my career in the future.

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    • Thank you so much! I hope your back to school wasn’t too horrible.❤️While I’m glad that high school isn’t going to keep going on forever, I’m also cherishing this time when I get to hang out with friends throughout the day. (Hopefully that will happen in college too though??) It is awesome that in college it can be career specific, though- maybe that means the learning is much more enjoyable.

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  15. This was lovely, Olivia! In the middle of all the negativity of school stress, it’s wonderful to find some positive aspects. I’ve always been a nerd, I suppose, but only really enjoyed school in the last years of high school, because I really liked my teachers and classmates. Now that I’m in college, I really appreciate my education and all the opportunities that were given to me. Balance, unfortunately, is still something I have not conquered )):

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    • Thank you so much, Marta! I definitely think that teachers and the students around you can make all the difference in how wonderful a school year is.☺️ I still have so much to improve on when it comes to balance, too- I hope you have an amazing school year! Here’s to learning and growing this year. ❤

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  16. This is such a fun post!! I definitely am very grateful for the fact that I have the privilege to go to school and get a quality education, when I know that’s something other people have to fight for every day. But it really does terrible things to my mental health, so I wish there was a way for it to just be less stressful and anxiety-inducing 😭 I feel like I definitely would like school more if I got to take classes I was actually interested in (which is why, despite how nervous I am for it, I’m excited for college!!) But I really love being able to see my friends each day, they bring me so much happiness ❤

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    • Ahh, thank you, May!💗I really wish school could exist without huge, unnecessary amounts of homework and stress because that would completely turn around my whole education experience. I’m also excited for college and taking classes I’m interested in!! They have a lot of cool electives at my school, but sadly I’ve gotten too much into the “that’s not AP it will bring down my GPA” mindset to actually take them- but I’m looking forward to that changing in college. Thank you for this comment, l loved it!!

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  17. Yes. I’m so grateful to have access to education even though I honestly hate most of the subjects. I’m relatively good at most of them even if I only actually like Shakespeare and English. And extracurriculars because art, theater, creative writing and sports are always fun. Thanks for this post. It reminded me that education is a privilege even if it feels like a chore.

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