1. Getting up early - I do not at all miss having to get up early for school. Maybe part of that reason is because I get up around the same time 6 or 7 days of the week now to work. But honestly, if school could just start a little bit later in the day, I'd be fine. I'd go later in the afternoon if I could show up later in the morning.
2. Drama - I say I don't miss this about high school, but I've come to find out that it happens in adult life too. Which is a shame, really. It's always a matter of "I don't like your boyfriend so I'm going to say mean things about you." or "You bought the same shirt as me at the mall, so I don't like you anymore." REALLY?! Seriously though, drama is over-rated. And the people who say "I don't like drama." are 9 times out of 10 the ones who start the drama. Just don't. You make yourself look ridiculous. Social media just makes things worse, but that's a whole new argument.
3. Rumors & Names - Same as above. Holy moly. When I was in high school (and middle school even) I was called every name in the book. People spread rumors about me all the time. These things completely destroyed what little confidence I had and it took a long time to build it up. Now, I'm not saying I'm perfect. I was involved in my fair share of drama and rumor spreading, but looking back it's just awful and not something I missed.
4. Having to sneak around - It can't be just me that did that. Telling my parents I was going to the movies and walking around the town square instead. Telling my parents that I was hanging out with my best (girl) friend and going over to my boyfriend's instead. I wasn't the kid who snuck out of my house (though I snuck out of other people's) all the time but I did do some lying and sneaking, especially once I had a car and things were easier.
5. Living with Mom & Dad - I know this was featured in my Top 10 Things I Miss About High School post, but there's plenty of reasons why I DON'T miss it as well. Now that I don't live at home, I have nobody that I have to be accountable for (aside from my husband, but it's different). I don't have to tell my mom exactly where I'm going and who I'll be with. I don't have to be lectured about how much time I spend watching tv in my room. I don't have to eat whatever she cooks. I can do my own thing and live my own life.
6. Taking classes I didn't care about - I never have to take another history or science class in my life and I am THRILLED! I didn't care about those subjects. If it were up to me, I'd just take another reading class or an elective like Childhood Development. But no, I had to take Biology, Chemistry, Physics (I dropped that bad boy though), World Cultures, US History, US Government, yadda yadda yadda and I DID NOT CARE. Once I got to college, I got to take the classes I wanted. I loaded up on psychology classes and reading classes (for my education degree) and it was fantastic.
7. Pressure to get good grades - I was able to (relatively) easily get As all through school. In elementary and middle school, it was absolutely no effort. But then that turned into the "We know you can get As so there's no excuse for you not to" and I was pressured by my family (not in an unhealthy way) to get good grades. Once I got to college, it was more of an excited "You did so well. I'm so proud of you." when I got As. And when I got a D- in Chemistry (had a solid F the entire semester until I took the final and passed with a 50.25%) it wasn't the end of the world. It was a "Well, good thing your'e not a science major." They knew college was harder for me (and much harder because I never learned how to study since I never needed to before) so there was much less pressure.
8. Not having money - Let's face it, even if I don't have a ton of it, it's nice to occasionally have money to do things with.
9. Having to ride the bus, and later driving my brothers around. - I rode the bus until my junior year of high school. This meant spending more time with people I didn't necessarily care about, annoying younger kids (including my brothers), and people who don't shower enough. Once I got my car and license, it meant driving my brothers to the middle school before I drove myself over to the high school. Now, I just drive myself where I need to go, blasting my crappy music all the way.
10. Seeing someone who wronged you, every day. - Now, if anything goes wrong with me and another person to the point where I literally can't stand to be around them, I don't have to. In high school if that happened, you still had to see that person the next day in the hallway. And if they were in your class? Life was basically over. Now, I don't have to actually see the people who are in my nightmares.