8 Things To Look Forward To As Senior Year Ends

8 Things To Look Forward To As Senior Year Ends

High school may have been fun, but college will be even more fun.

Across America, there are thousands of teenagers in their last semester of high school. In these last two months leading up to graduation, teenagers get very emotional since a lot of people will be leaving the town they have been living in since they were a little kid. However, in the midst of all these mixed feelings, I decided to make a list of eight fun and happy things to look forward to as senior year comes to an end.

1. Second-semester senioritis

Right now we can all get away with not doing homework a couple nights or not studying as much. We are already in college and they won’t see our second-semester grades so who cares? Once college starts our GPA actually matters again. And this time, the stakes are even higher. Right now we are hardly working. In college, we’ll be always working, so let’s enjoy it while we can. We deserve it.

2. Senior prom

The music, the dancing, the photos, the dress and the friends. It is a night to remember- probably one of the best memories most people have of high school. One of the last times the senior grade is all together at once killing it on the dance floor. Even people who are normally introverts channel their inner Elaine (from Seinfeld) on this night. Then once the night is over there is after prom!! Whether it is chilling at a friend’s house or renting a prom house, the fun with your closest friends continues.

3. Senior ditch day(s)

This is probably one of my favorite things on this list. As a second-semester senior, school isn’t as important as it used to be. This is the one crazy and adventurous day for seniors, usually the day after prom, where you can go anywhere. Some people even ditch the entire week and take a trip somewhere!

4. College decision day

We all have worked so hard these past four years to get into college. This is the day when we all wear our college apparel, show our college spirit and get excited about what is ahead of us. It is fun to see where everyone is going to enter the next phase of their life.

5. Graduation

This is one emotional night! The entire grade all together receiving their diploma- physical evidence of what everyone has worked for. Everyone celebrating the end of one phase of our life. Of course with graduation also comes the graduation parties (where we receive presents if we host) !!

6. Summer vacation

This is probably the last summer vacation we have to ourselves. No more resume building! The summer after this will probably be filled with internships, volunteering, research, classes, and/or part-time jobs. Use this time for yourself and your friends. Do what you want to do! It is probably the last time you guys will be together too. Go out for the last hurrah!

7. All the life skills that are thrown at you

A lot of us will be leaving our homes and moving out near the end of summer. As nerve wrecking this may be for us, it is ten times worse for our parents. Not only are they sad that their child is moving out, they are also worried! We get thrown at all these “life skills” such as doing the laundry, managing a bank account, making food, and doing the dishes!

8. College

Most people call their college days the best days of their life. And although it will be filled with studying and work, there will also be new friends and adventures. High school may have been fun, but college will be even more fun. It is the time where we take the classes that genuinely interest us and actually are relevant to what job we want to do in the future.

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So when you start to get sad that high school is coming to an end, just remember that there is still time left and there are still a lot of things to look forward to. You are only a high school senior once so turn that frown upside down.

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10 Things You'll Recognize If You Grew Up In A Small Town

Those stop signs were more like suggestions.

Whether you're from the Northwest or Southeast, all small towns share basically the same characteristics.

From hanging out at car washes to eating endless meals at that Mexican restaurant, if you're from a small town, you'll probably relate to one (if not all) of these things:

1. Yes, that Mexican restaurant.

Whether you came here to eat after ball games or simply came because there was nothing better to do, you probably spent way to much money on burritos and cheese dip. (For real though, cheese dip was so worth that extra $3).

2. Churches. Churches everywhere.

There seemed to be more churches than people, and everywhere you went one of them was staring you in the face. At least you knew that the whole town was covered on seats when it came to Sunday services.

3. Yep, you hung out at the car wash.

For some odd reason, teenagers like to hang out at the car wash. We don't know why we did, we just did. No car every got cleaned. We just sat on our hoods or tailgates and talked or listened the music. What a wild night.

4. Quick stops.

Gas stations were called quick stops and thank God for those quick stops. You could fill up your tank and get a snack without having to drive 30 minutes to the nearest city. Plus their boiled peanuts were always the bomb. #blessed

5. "Stop" signs.

Those stop signs were more like suggestions. No cop, no stop, right? Same thing with speed limits - merely suggestions.

6. The football field.

Fall Friday nights were made for football games, and there was no getting out of it. Do any of you small town girls really remember going on a Friday night date? Yeah, me neither. Football games were the closest you were going to get to a date on Fridays. You either waited for Saturday or the end of the season. Honestly though, those Friday nights hold some of you and your friends' favorite memories.

7. The good ole grocery store.

Sorry bud, Walmart, Costo, and Kroger were 30 minutes away, and driving to the city was not about to happen. You either went to Shop and Save or Piggly Wiggly for your groceries.

8. "The park."

You either played as a kid, coached a peewee team, refereed as a teenager, or simply watched your siblings play here. No matter the case, you've been to the park, and you're lying if you say you haven't.

9. Those white welcome signs.

Literal *cringe* just looking at it. Passing this sign after coming home from the city meant you were once again stuck in this little town with nothing to do, but you honestly kind of love having nothing to do sometimes.

10. This view.

Sure, there's not a whole lot going on in your small town, but with views like this you can't complain. #NatureIsCool #SoAreSmallTowns

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12 Ways To Save Money During The Summer When All You Want Is To Spend It

Saving is important year round, but it's most important in the summer


Over the summer, everyone normally has more free time than during the year, and that means more time to spend more money. Saving money over the summer is important, not only so you can be prepared to pay for things in the future, but also so you can enjoy your summer and no be stressed about how much money you've spent. Saving money is something that should happen year round, but it's especially important to do in the summer.

1. Create a budget

Starting the summer off on the right foot is super important to stay on track throughout the rest of the summer. A budget is something that you should have year round, but it's important to adjust it for your summer plans.

2. And stick to it

Not only do you have to make a budget, but you have to stick to it. If you don't follow your budget, you're wasting time and money, and it's hard to keep on top of finances.

3. Take advantage of student discounts

During the summer, college students find themselves with a lot more free time than in the school year. When you're planning what to do with your extra time, make sure to look if the place offers student discounts or not. Why pay full price when you don't have to?

4. Don't always go out to eat

College students tend to spend time with their friends going out for food or for drinks, and that adds up fast. If you have friends over to cook dinner, it can be healthier and cheaper to do.

5. Sublet

If you have an apartment you're not going to be staying in, or need to stay in Columbus, it's beneficial both ways to sublet. Neither way do you have to pay full price on an apartment, and any discount, no matter how small, saves you money

6. Take day trips

Obviously, no one wants to stay in one place the whole summer, but travel is super expensive. By going on day trips you get to see more of the state or city, but you don't have to pay for lodging overnight. It's a good way to get out without eating into your budget.

7. Walk around

Columbus has great parks and trails that not enough people think about using when they're planning what they want to do. If you walk around outside, you can spend as much time you want there and you don't have to pay anything.

8. Split costs with friend

Do both of you need a Hulu and a Netflix account? Why not share the costs and the passwords with each other, so that you both can save some extra cash in the future. This doesn't just have to be with streaming services, but it can apply to food and parking costs as well.

9. Don't impulsively buy big items

Maybe you've worked a ton recently to start saving for summer, or you have graduation money flowing in. You feel like it doesn't matter how much you spend, but it does. If you hold off on those purchases, and you save your money, you'll be in a better spot financially at the end of the summer.

10. Get a job

The obvious one. If you're doing an unpaid internship or your normal job isn't offering you many hours, then getting a second job where you can work to have a little more money can help you achieve your savings goal.

11. Don't be too hard on yourself

The hardest part of setting goals is when you don't achieve them. Even if you haven't saved exactly as much as you wanted, making even a small change can help your financial wellbeing and can be enough to make small changes in the future.

12. Don't force yourself to make big changes

Everyone's saving tips to Millennials are to stop getting coffee every single day from places like Starbucks. While cutting down on spending in these ways will greatly help you save money, it's not the only thing that will help. There's no reason to make yourself miserable in order to follow the rules of someone else for a small change financially.

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