7 Things High School Seniors Need to Hear

7 Things High School Seniors Need to Hear

Your time in high school is almost over. What are you going to do with what you have left?

Second semester of senior year flew by. Everything happened so quickly, and looking back, I barely took the time to soak it in. It's January, and you're getting pumped for basketball season... and then you blink: it's senior night and you're literally in tears in the middle of the court.You just begin to learn your lines for your school musical, and before you know it, you're receiving flowers and candy and notes for how well you did in your final night's production.

Prom seems so far away. Spring break seems so far away. Graduation seems like years away. You blink, and it's all gone.

If I could do it again, I'd soak up a whole lot more of my final months in high school than I actually did. So, in hopes that you seniors don't waste your final months of school, I've decided to leave you with a few tips:

1. Don't act like you're too cool for all of this.

I know, I know, the senior birthday celebrations that your mom helps out with are kind of corny. Your senior pool party hosted by the parents of your class may not be the way you want to spend your Friday night, and the crown that you have to wear for your soccer senior night might make you look stupid. But you're going to miss this. And if you act like you're too cool for it all, you're going to regret it.

2. Don't waste your friendships.

You're going to start getting tired of these people- you've been together for the past four years of your life. And while it's going to be easy to get upset over petty things, know that your friendships won't be the same after you graduate. You're going to make new, great friendships in college (which is definitely great), and your high school friendships are going to fade. Soak up your time with your friends while you have it.

3. Love on your parents.

You think they're overprotective, boring, and embarrassing. You'd rather spend your Saturday night out with your friends than at home watching a movie or playing cards with your family. However, I can promise you that you're going to find yourself two months into college curled up in your bed, simply wanting a hug from your dad and some of your mom's lasagna. So, stay in one night and play Scrabble with your mom. Say no to the bonfire with your friends and watch James Bond with your dad. You're going to look back one day and be thankful you did.

4. Don't date just to date.

You're going to end up broken hearted when you realize that the star quarterback wants to enjoy his freshman year... without you. Why put all of this time and effort into something that's going to leave you hurt? I know, it's nice to feel loved and admired. It's nice to have a distraction from the fact that your high school years are almost over. But I can promise you that it's not worth it.

5. Appreciate your teachers.

Your teachers in college won't brush off the fact that you forgot to turn in your essay the day it was due. Your college professors won't know your name, they won't make an effort to get to know you, and they definitely will not be as kind and comforting as your high school teachers are. They truly care about you and know your name, and I promise you're going to miss that when you're in college.

6. Be present.

Don't go to your future college town every other weekend. Don't hide away in your room on your phone/laptop every night. Don't count down the minutes until graduation. Soak up your time with your friends. Make a conscious effort to be intentional with those around you. Your surroundings are going to be completely changed in a few months, and you're going to realize you took for granted everything you ever knew.

7. Have fun.

Sure, colleges still look at your grades. Sure, a clean room is better than a messy one. And yeah, eating carrots over donuts is usually pretty beneficial. BUT YOU'RE A SENIOR. You're about to have to spend some Friday nights in your accounting book. In college, you're going to find yourself going from one meeting to a birthday party to a study session all in one night. Senior year is so, so fun. Take advantage of the fact that this semester is yours. What are you going to do with it?

You don't have to take any of my advice. You might just think I'm some random college girl who knows nothing, but I've been in your shoes. There are a lot of things I regret from my second semester of senior year, and my wish is for you to live yours to the fullest. Graduation is closer than you think- what will you do with your time left?

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To High School Seniors In Their Last Semester

Senior year moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You’re at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You’re probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you’re calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you’re walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You’re convinced you’re ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You’ve already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you’re an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school’s name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I’m telling you right now, you’re going to miss it all. Everything you’ve ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald’s hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you’ve seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You’re going to miss them more than anything. I’m telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

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Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You’ve got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life; it’s truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it’s the little things you’re gonna miss the most. Don’t take it for granted because soon, you’ll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You’ve got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You’re going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won’t.

So, take it all in. Be excited for the future and look forward to it, but be mindful of the present. You’ve got this.
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The 13 Stages Of Writing Your Senior Thesis, As Told By 'Drake And Josh'

Well, I never thought it would be so simple… it wasn't


This semester, I decided to write my thesis. With it being my senior year and being a requirement for my major, I had to do it sometime. It was without a doubt the longest paper I've ever written as well as one of the most challenging things I've done for a class. I spent so many hours researching ideas, reading scholarly articles, and writing, editing, and writing again. Needless to say, I'm glad it's done. For those who haven't yet – or never have to – write a thesis, here's what that process was like, as told by our favorite boobs: Drake and Josh.

1. Finding out that you’d have to write a thesis was devastating


Since I'm a transfer student, I was unaware that this was even a thing. But I learned soon enough after I heard my professors talking about it.

2. Trying to come up with an original idea is super difficult


The idea behind the thesis is that you're writing about something new, unlike a regular research paper where you can write about something that's been written about before. Trying to find a unique topic is half the battle.

3. Reading long analytical articles that use way too many words that you don’t know


I adopted a policy when reading through my sources that if I read a sentence three times and *still* had no idea what it meant, I'd just skip it and read on.

4. Trying to convince yourself that the process won’t be *that* bad

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5. When the other thesis students are talking about their papers and they’ve made more progress than you

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Them: "I wrote my introduction plus three pages last night!"

You, thinking: "I literally haven't started yet. Am I behind?!"

6. When you don’t want to work on it, it’s all too easy to find another activity to distract you


7. My friends when I’d complain about my thesis


Shout out to my friends for accepting the excuse "I need to work on my thesis tonight." You're the real MVPs here.

8. You write away for half an hour and only end up with a couple pages of material


9. When you’re done with a paragraph and try to convince yourself that it sounds smart, or even the cooliest if you will


Throw in some of those big words you don't understand from the source material and you're set!

10. After so many pages, it sounds like you’re saying the same things over and over


11. As the deadline gets closer and closer, the stress only goes up


12. Putting off editing until tomorrow probably won’t help


13. When you finally submit your thesis and you’re so happy to be done


Only now can I finally enjoy Christmas.

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