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?
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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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I always tell my dad that no matter who I date, he's always my number one guy. Sometimes I say it as more of a routine thing. However, the meaning behind it is all too real. For as long as I can remember my dad has been my one true love, and it's going to be hard to find someone who can top him.

My dad loves me when I am difficult. He knows how to keep the perfect distance on the days when I'm in a mood, how to hold me on the days that are tough, and how to stand by me on the days that are good.

He listens to me rant for hours over people, my days at school, or the episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' I watched that night and never once loses interest.

He picks on me about my hair, outfit, shoes, and everything else after spending hours to get ready only to end by telling me, “You look good." And I know he means it.

He holds the door for me, carries my bags for me, and always buys my food. He goes out of his way to make me smile when he sees that I'm upset. He calls me randomly during the day to see how I'm doing and how my day is going and drops everything to answer the phone when I call.

When it comes to other people, my dad has a heart of gold. He will do anything for anyone, even his worst enemy. He will smile at strangers and compliment people he barely knows. He will strike up a conversation with anyone, even if it means going way out of his way, and he will always put himself last.

My dad also knows when to give tough love. He knows how to make me respect him without having to ask for it or enforce it. He knows how to make me want to be a better person just to make him proud. He has molded me into who I am today without ever pushing me too hard. He knew the exact times I needed to be reminded who I was.

Dad, you have my respect, trust, but most of all my heart. You have impacted my life most of all, and for that, I can never repay you. Without you, I wouldn't know what I to look for when I finally begin to search for who I want to spend the rest of my life with, but it might take some time to find someone who measures up to you.

To my future husband, I'm sorry. You have some huge shoes to fill, and most of all, I hope you can cook.

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5 Ways To Tackle Credit Overload In College As A Sleep-Deprived Senior

So you think you can take 19 credits. Well, you can!

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So you were ambitious and went into credit overload this semester. Cheers to you! You're hopefully right on track to graduate, if not ahead. Regardless of the reason you chose to bog yourself down with more work than others, here are some tips I've come up with along the way for a successful semester.

1. Make a daily to-do list for each class.

Every day I make a list of all of my classes and what is upcoming for each class. That includes assigned reading, homework and upcoming quizzes and tests. This allows me to visually plan what is on my plate for each day. I am also far less likely to forget an assignment if I continuously write it down until I complete it.

2. Prioritize these items!

Rank the items you just listed to your highest priority (due today or tomorrow) to least priority (due a few weeks from now). This allows you to manage your time and get what you need to get done on time.

3. Try to do your homework on the day it is assigned.

I understand that this is obviously easier said than done. But, one of my professors gave my class this advice in my very first semester of college, and I have remembered it and cherished that advice ever since.

If you are assigned homework on Monday in a class that meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday, it is much better to get it out of the way on Monday afternoon rather than wait until Tuesday night (or Wednesday morning, if you're good at procrastinating). This also lessens your workload on weekends.

4. Etch out time every day to spend in the library.

I never used to believe it when people said you do better work in the library because at home you have more freedom and are distracted. Now that I am in my senior year of college, I have finally found that to be true. I wish I realized that sooner. Now I spend at least three hours a day in the campus library three days a week. If you want to spread it out to one hour a day, that's fine, too. Find a schedule that works for you.

5. Keep your eye on the prize.

My university has a web page with a countdown to graduation. I keep it bookmarked on my laptop. When I am feeling unmotivated, I click the link and remind myself of how many days there are until graduation. If your university doesn't have this feature, you can make your own graduation countdown on a variety of countdown websites. Find something tangible to focus on achieving. You can do this!

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