Heading back to school after a fun-filled summer of sunning, couch-surfing and indulging in fro-yo can be a nerve-wracking ordeal, so before you trip over your own two feet in the middle of the hallway, duck into the A/V room for a quick cry or convert a bathroom stall into your own private cafeteria, take an “Awkward“-sized chill pill, because you actually already know exaaaactly how to deal with what comes your way from watching the weekly struggles of Jenna Hamilton and friends. A little refresher:
Blow S**t Off: If there’s one life lesson the “Awkward” gang has proven best, it’s that there’s no end to the crushingly humiliating moments high school brings EVERYONE. It’s four long years of discovery and disaster, but trust us when we say that’s actually a crazy-awesome thing. People are always searching for their next laugh, so when the crapstorm comes your way, just batten down the hatches and let it blow over onto the next person who face-plants in the main stairwell or causes the third floor bathroom to flood. Think about it: Tamara peed her pantaloons in public, and within days, those “Tinklebell” nicknames disappeared. So embrace your low moments! After all, if everyone’s talking about you, at least they know your name. Plus, it’s true, you will laugh about these things in your 20s.
Wear Your Double-Buns Proudly: Life can throw you a ton of curve balls, so always keep your head high and bobby pins fastened. Take Aunt Ally’s wedding, for example: With Jake disappearing and Lacey making out with her version of Matty, Jenna had a ton to fret over at the reception, so AT LEAST she didn’t allow the ridiculous Princess Leia bus and ’80s-inspired flower girl dress she was forced to wear bring her down any further.
Honesty Is The Best Policy: Could Jenna have avoided her current mess by telling Jake about her past relationship with Matty? Probably! Sure, the convo might have been uncomfortable, but nowhere near as tense as the situation ultimately got. And let’s be clear about the definition of honesty: Opinions aren’t necessarily truth. Reaming out someone’s existence Sadie Saxton-style is a black-and-white NOT COOL. Use your judgment and be candid when it counts, but leave the snarky stuff to the bullies.
Surround Yourself With Good Pals Who Give A Crap About You: There’s no way Jenna could have gotten through the drama and madness surrounding that Carefrontation letter if it weren’t for her gal pals. How could she have found peace of mind if Ming never tried to grab that Sanctuary tape? Whose bed other than Jenna’s would Tamara have snuggled up in after Ricky Schwartz shacked up with Sadie? Moral of this mega-awk story: Keep your friends close, and your best buds even closer.
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