10 Things You Need To Hear, High School Senior

10 Things You Need To Hear, High School Senior

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You’ve filled out the applications. You’ve toured the campuses. Half of your friends committed to schools months ago. The other half of you still don’t know where you’re going. To the high school senior who is deciding on what to do for the next four years, remember this.

1. Think far.

While you’ve probably already sent in applications, don’t be afraid to think beyond the list that you’ve already made. Your options are endless, so look past the ones in front of you. There are obvious options, but don’t forget about the ones that aren’t so obvious. Make sure you consider them because they will help you realize things you like about schools you’ve already considered, as well as grow your idea of what you’re looking for.

2. Don't forget to dream.

College is a big deal. This is where you’re setting up life for the next four years. This is the town you’ll live in and the people you’ll do life with and the classes you’ll take. See it as an opportunity, not a burden. Dream big. The school that you “won’t get into”, apply. The state that you would “never move to”, apply. Why not? There are few times when opportunity will come this easily.


3. Make lists.

Write it down. Whenever you have a thought about a pro or a con or an idea or something you want to look up, write it down. There is nothing worse than realizing you forgot something you thought was important. Make lists, and then make more lists, and then make some more. You already have a thousand things on your mind, if you don’t write it down it’s just going to get lost in between practice and math homework and family dinner.


4. Talk to your parents about it.

Your parents will want to talk about college at the seemingly most inconvenient times. Talk to them. Listen to them. Ask them questions. They love you and they want to help you make the best decision for yourself, as hard as that might be for them. Don’t forget about them.


5. Talk to alumni.

If you know someone who went to the school you just visited and fell in love with, talk to them. If you know someone who is in the profession you are thinking about pursuing, talk to them. If you don’t know someone, ask someone who will ask someone who will know someone. If you’re on the fence about a school, this could be the deciding factor. Who better to ask than the person who has already been there.


6. Options.

You have options. You have far and close and commuting and on campus and college and no college. Think them through. Talk them out. There are endless combinations. Don’t do something you don’t think will challenge you, but don’t think that your combination isn’t out there.


7. Take the leap.

If you’re dreaming big and thinking far, do it. If it takes you out of your comfort zone, do it. If you’re scared and challenged and deep down excited, do it. It will be such a hard decision to make, and not everyone will get it. But choose the one that excites you the most. Don’t choose the complacent; don’t choose comfort and safety. It will be the hardest thing you’ve done, but you will grow so insanely much. Make the choice that takes some courage and some bravery to do it. You’ll be alright.


8. Don't forget about your friends.

Even though it feels like everyone else is ten steps ahead of you or twenty steps behind, you’re all going through the same thing. You’re all swimming in homework and playing your last seasons and applying for scholarships and working part time and making the decision that completely alters your future. Don’t forget to spend time with the people who make you laugh. Don’t talk about all the things you have to do for a minute and just absorb their company. You don’t feel like it now, but you’re going to miss them like crazy in just a few short months.


9. Don't get overwhelmed.

Easier said than done, I know. But it will get it done. You’ll finish your homework and make it to the hockey game and finish your work shift and sign up for AP tests and find a prom dress. Don’t think about the long list, just the next step. Little by little it will all get done. It isn’t until you stress about it that it will stress you out.

10. Be honest.

Ultimately this decision is about you. It’s not about being close to friends or close to home or far from home or starting over. It is about whatever combination of those you need these next four years to be. They say “you’ll just know” what school you’re supposed to be at, and I think that’s true. God planned out just where you’ll be going to school and what dorm you’ll be living in and who your roommate will be and what color your sheets will be. Listen and talk and lean on the people in your life who want to love you through every bit of this transition. Soon enough it’ll be the end of your winter break and you’ll be wondering how you ever pictured yourself anywhere but right here.


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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.

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Seniors,

I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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