5 Things I Learned My First Week as a Senior

5 Things I Learned My First Week as a Senior

I know a week isn't very long, but you can still learn a lot in it.

Senior year recently started for me, and thousands of other kids across the country will be starting theirs soon as well. Senior year is hard: lots of planning, homework, "last times" to have, but more than that, a lot of maturing and, in the words of Kylie Jenner, "realizing things" happens. Here are some things I've learned as a senior so far.

1.) People Look Up to You.

It's one thing to look up to people who are older and learn from them, but its another thing when everyone is looking to you as an example and you must become the teacher. I remember as a freshman thinking that the seniors were the masters of everything and had everything figured out, but, as it turns out they don't (or at least I don't.) We are as scared and nervous for school as the freshmen and sophomores are, we're just better at hiding it. Yes, we may know a few more things than the younger grades, but we're far from being all-knowing. If anything, underclassmen should look to their teachers for advice. After all, they're the ones with careers while we fight over retail jobs at the mall like Game of Thrones.

2.) You Don't Know Everything, But You Know More Than You Think.

I know I'm super dumb when it comes to things like Calculus, paying taxes or making appointments without my mom there to help me, but I at least know the value of hard work, how to hold a conversation, and what patience can bring you. As an underclassmen, I was horrible at studying, I struggled to talk to older people and could barely wait for anyone either academically or while walking through the halls. Now, I feel more in touch with who I am and who I will be as an adult and don't fear having adult conversations as much as I used to. I still procrastinate (my biggest weakness) but I don't do it as bad as I used to. Most importantly, I've learned to wait for good things to come, and not be upset when I'm in a rut emotionally or academically.

3.) No One Actually Cares How You Look

People are waaaay more concerned about themselves to ever invest time into thinking about you. You could show up on the first day of school in sweatpants and a t-shirt and literally no one would care. No one pays attention to the fact that your hair is frizzy or that your makeup is cakey. Just focus on being a good person and the great friendships that you have and not about all that other stupid high school social drama crap.

4.) No Teachers Are Ever 'Scary' Or Out To Get You

Every teacher wants you to succeed. Let me say that again. Every teacher wants you to succeed. Even your scary biology teacher or your crazy Spanish teacher in the pit of their souls wants you to do well. They may come off as stern or cold, but they may use whatever method or attitude that is most effective for teaching their course. If they're ever cold to you or hard on you, don't take it personally. Their behavior is meant to make you better. Be patient, listen to what their trying to tell you, and work toward being better instead of doing nothing and complaining about your failure. That attitude will get you nowhere.

5.) Dating Isn't As Big a Deal As Everyone and Movies Make It Out to Be

TV and Movies will convince you that being single your senior year is the lamest thing you can do, and it's absolutely untrue. I know that dating and making relationships is very important in high school, but it should never take up significant amounts of your time and energy or be your #1 goal for school. Being a good, reliable friend and student is much more important. If you make it to senior year and you're still a virgin or have never had a long term relationship, that's ok (and actually probably for the best.) Sex isn't everything, and neither is having a boyfriend. focus on self improvement instead of making yourself good only to attract guys. You'll be glad you did in the long run.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

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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Body Image Lessons That I Didn't Learn From A Professor

What I realized about body image my freshman year of college


Girls usually struggle with self image in general. But the game changes when it's time to go to college. When you are constantly surrounded by your peers, you begin to compare all of the little things they do to you. You compare their bodies to yours. You try to figure out what they are doing that you're not. Or vice versa, why they don't have to do anything to look the way they do. But by the end of my first year, I realized that I would never be happy with myself if I kept thinking this way. So I recorded some realizations I had throughout the year that helped me to improve my body image.

My body is, and never will be the same as any other girl... and that's okay

Different sized and shaped strawberries


It can be so easy in college to compare your body to the girls that surround you. Like the one's live with and you see on a daily basis. There is no point in comparing apples to oranges, so why would you compare your body to a girl who was made completely different? So what you can't fit into her party pants, you can rock another pair just as well.

What works for her, might not work for me

Daily Planner


With different body types, comes different food and exercise needs. Some girls don't need to work out or eat healthy to keep a slim frame. Some girls are naturally muscular. Your routine needs to be catered to you, and there is no need to analyze what someone else eats or does to try to attain their stature. You have to do what feels right for YOUR body to have a good self image.

Don't spend too much time on istagram


Obviously social media effects our body image because of how easily and frequently photos are edited and then presented for the most likes. So if there is a certain account that always makes you feel bad when you see their content, unfollow, and take that aspect out of your life. However, because social media is unavoidable you can't completely escape all the provoking images. So when scrolling, think positively about those who's pictures you see, don't compare, and be aware of the previous lessons.

It's okay for your body to fluctuate


The weight and look of your body can easily fluctuate, It's just natural. And in the same way your life fluctuates, your body may follow along and thats not a big deal! In exam season, there might not be enough time to go to the gym everyday. Or during the holidays there might be an increase of indulgence in treats. But its all okay as long as your getting things done or enjoying life. The only time it becomes an issue if the fluctuations turn unhealthy.

Cut out the negativity


If a friend is constantly complaining to you about their body, it can trigger distress in you, and set you back. So if someone else's body image issues are interfering with you mentally, you need to call them out on their B.S. or stop allowing them say those things in front of you.

Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in


If you wear things that you feel comfortable in, then you wont constantly be thinking about how your stomach, legs, or arms look throughout the day. Wear something that you are confident in, even if it means wearing leggings every day of the week!

I'm not a little kid anymore, therefore my body is not going to look like one


Curves and changes that come after high school can take anyone by surprise, but it's supposed to happen. You can't really be mad at biology...you can only find the beauty in it.

Everyone has their own insecurities


Even if someone has your ideal body, odds are they still despise theirs. I have met friends in college that are stick skinny, yet are self conscious about it. I know curvy girls that are very insecure. And even an "average" body type has a thousand things that they nit-pick about themselves. No one has their dream body and never will, which is why I had to learn to love the little things about mine.

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