10 Things You Know If You're a Junior In High School

10 Things You Know If You're a Junior In High School

"How am I? Dying."

Junior year.... the words make everybody cringe. Kids who haven't yet lived through it cringe in anticipation, people who have survived it cringe in remembrance. And all of the juniors just cringe because it's hard, and there's always something else to do. But take solace, my fellow juniors, in the fact that you're not alone. We are all in this together.

1. So much to do...

Homework? Always. Extracurricular clubs? They need you. So does your sports team. And your friends are having yet ANOTHER bout of drama that you're the ONLY mediator for. Your boss needs you to pick up another shift, yes right now, and that cute guy from math finallyyyyy asked you to a movie Friday night. Don't forget SAT class! And your family hasn't even seen you since August.

2. ...so little sleep to do it on.

When somebody gets more than six hours in a night, it's a celebration. Coffee's on me.

3. Everybody wants to know where you're thinking of applying.

"I really appreciate your interest, but I have a whole year left, and, at the rate that this year is going, I'm not sure I'm going to make it. Let's not jinx it."

4. "Hanging out" has a whole new meaning.

Thank you to whoever invented the study group! Panera and Starbucks have become more than just restaurants - they're spaces to occupy for hours on end with all of your classmates. At least Friday and Saturday nights are free to actually have some fun.

5. "Is it the ACT or the SAT this weekend?"

Somebody is always freaking out about some standardized test... understandable, considering the amount of time that has been dumped into studying for them. Which one is this weekend? And, the more important question, are you signed up for it?

6. Every day is a struggle.

You know you're beat when you have senioritis as a junior.... is it worth it to skip today? How sick am I REALLY?

7. You're definitely getting older...

I mean, how great is driving? You get to pick where you go... when you go there... who goes with you. And your parents mean well, but it's cool that they're finally giving you a bit more slack. Okay, responsibility, but you get to do so many more things that it's WAY worth it.

8. ...but you're also still a kid...

Shoutout to my parents for vacuuming my room for me and for occasionally helping out with the laundry. Also, my mom still packs me my lunch. #collegeready

9. ...but it's still scary just how old you really are.

Really? College? In a year and a half??? Being a legal adult soon?????????? Living on your own very soon???? With all of those choices????????????????????!!!!

10. But more than anything, you're trying

It will all be okay!! It will definitely end, and it will all be worth it, and just remember: your grades do not define you!!!

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.

Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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To My Little Sister, Don't Wish For Time To Move Faster, Soak Up The Stage Of Life You're In

Live in the moment and you will come out having no regrets.


To my best friend,

Time goes by quickly, do not wish it away. Enjoy living in the moment you are in right now because you will never get it back. Stop wishing you were in college already because you have so much to live for right now.

I know all you want to do is get away from home and start over, which is normal because I wanted to do the same thing at your age. But as your older sister, and as someone who has gone through that stage already, I am here to tell you that it is not all rainbows and sunshine 24/7.

With the time you have left in high school, enjoy every second of it because eventually, you will come to miss it.

Graduation is just around the corner for you and it honestly freaks me out how fast time is going. And it only goes faster in college. As kids, all we wanted was to be in high school and be able to drive on our own and once we hit high school, all we want is to be in college. With almost being in college for two years, I can easily say that all I want is to be a kid again. We have been wishing our whole lives away since we can remember. Enjoy today.

I see so much potential in you and I am beyond excited for what the future has in store for you.

Many times, you have been the one to give me advice even though I'm the older sister and this shows how caring and loving you are. Life is going to treat you so well and it already has.

There is one piece of advice I must give to you though. Make sure to thank mom and dad and tell them you love them as often as possible. I know they can get on your nerves and may make you angry at times, but they have given us the best life. You will learn in college just how much they love us and how much they have given up just to make us happy.

You have a good head on your shoulders and I know life is going to turn out to be exactly what you wanted. Just don't wish it all away. Some of my favorite times were when I was a senior in high school.

I'm always looking out for you so don't ever think you are alone in this crazy world. Remember, I am just one phone call away.

I love you so much sis, you got this.

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