To The High School Senior Approaching The Last Days, Don't Hold Back

To The High School Senior Approaching The Last Days, Don't Hold Back

The time has finally come - senior year.
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Here you are, senior year.

This year will go by faster than you could ever imagine, make sure you take in every single moment. Of course, college is so fun, but you will be there soon enough. Don’t waste away your senior year just looking forward to the future.

Truly live and emerge yourself into every single moment High School has to offer.

Friday Night Lights will never be the same.

When your last high school football game comes, really take it all in. This is the last time your whole hometown will be cheering on all your best friends. Obviously, in college you get excited for your school's football team, but the feeling of actually knowing the players is simply indescribable.

There is something special about feeling joy not only for the team, but for the player himself. In college you cheer for your school, but in high school you cheer for your friends.

Every day, when you walk into high school, don’t complain about it.

It's such a comforting feeling to walk into a building and be familiar with every face you see. High school is truly a time to create some of your best memories that you will cherish forever.

I understand the constant cycle of your daily routine gets old, but I promise one day you'll give anything to relive a day at that school. Walk down those halls and dont care about anything, just have fun. All the drama that seems to be the end of the world right now will mean nothing in a few months, so dont get caught up in it.

I cannot stress this enough–say yes to every adventure that comes your way.

Create as many memories with all your best friends while you still can. In less than one short year, you will all go your separate ways, so enjoy every second spent together. Roll down the windows in your car and jam out to your favorite songs. Have sleepovers and stay up all night talking about nothing but everything all at once.

Don't allow a boy to get in the way of any friendships, after all, high school is about finding your bridesmaids, not your husband. Allow yourself to let loose and go out and have fun, some of the best stories come from rebellious nights with your best friends. Start to write down moments you never want to forget and take lots and lots of pictures – in ten years you will want those to look back on.

Make sure to enjoy the moments you don’t even realize you're going to miss.

It is so easy to take advantage of daily rituals. When you go away next year you'll learn to appreciate a hug from your mom – because no one gives better hugs than your own mother. With that being said, hug your family every chance you get. Let your parents know that not only do you love them, but you appreciate them.

Spend time with your siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. Family is so important and you need to make time for them while you're still home. No matter what you say right now, you will miss them next year.

As the year winds down and prom comes around, find the perfect dress that you feel beautiful in.

Go with someone you are comfortable around and will have fun with. This is one of the last times you will be with all your friends in high school, so make it amazing. Take as many pictures as you can and enjoy every single second of it. I mean that, every single second. Dance the night away and enjoy yourself at the post-prom event. The next morning go with your prom group to breakfast and laugh about all the events of the night before.

Finally, at graduation look around – see all the faces.

There is a good chance that most of the people you have grown up with you will never see again. You are about to start the next chapter of your life, and although you may be ready, you will always hold a special place for your high school memories. After graduation, hug your friends, tell all your favorite teachers you appreciate them, thank your parents, make this a happy ending. It is okay to cry, but be thankful you care enough to cry.

As you head off to college, be sure to stay in touch with the people closest to you. Never allow yourself to forget them because after all, they helped shape you into the person you have become.

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8 Things You Should Know about being a Server

"Some of my customers make me want to print this out and staple it to their foreheads."

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I wrote this out of frustration of the ones who don't know what it's like to be a sever.

This has been on my heart ever since I became a server and it's these things I want everyone to understand.

1. We don’t make an hourly wage

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Well, we do, but it's only $2.15 an hour. After taxes are taken out, it comes to be roughly $0.75 an hour. Being a server is not like other jobs, we do not rely on our weekly check to pay the bills or put gas in our cars. If I serve 6 tables in one night and they all leave me $3, looks like I'm leaving with only $18. My paycheck from my 40 hour pay period of 2 weeks is only going to turn out to be about $30, that is if I don't get money taken out for employee meals. Servers work late nights so there is no proper time for dinner so getting an employee meal is sometimes the only option.

2. 15% is not a good tip

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Before I started serving I thought that 15% was what I left when my server did a very good job. Keywords of that sentence is “before I became a server." If your server did an excellent job, AT LEAST leave 20%. We would appreciate more, but anything is better than 15%. If you don't know how to calculate this, pull out your calculator, type in the amount of your bill, and multiply by 0.20 and there you go!

3. The attitude you have towards me reflects my attitude towards you

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I'm not saying if you're super sassy with me, then I'm going to be super sassy back. I'm saying that if you seem like you don't want to be here and don't talk a lot, then I'm not going to try to spark a conversation with you. I love when my customers acknowledge me and try to spark a conversation themselves. For every customer, I want to make your experience at this restaurant the best that I can make it, but if you don't talk back, I'll try to come to your table the least that I can.

4. Acknowledge me when I come to your table

It is one of the most embarrassing things when I come to the table and you keep talking amongst yourselves when I have asked you a question. I won't be there for long so while I'm standing there, please listen to me and answer my question and then I will be on my way. Most people act like it's not my job to come up and ask what you want to eat.

5. I don’t work in the kitchen, so if your food isn’t cooked right, don’t get an attitude with me

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Your fried grouper is over cooked? I'm very sorry and I will repeatedly tell you how sorry I am for that, but I want you to understand something. I am not in the kitchen cooking the food myself. The kitchen will mess up sometimes, just like I do, and that's okay. But please, don't get an attitude with me about it because it was not something I could have prevented. I promise we will work it out.

6. I am trained to have a greeting line, so please don’t interrupt me before I’m done greeting you

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“Hey how are you guys do..."

“I'll have a water with lemon."

I cannot tell you how many times this has happened to me. It is my job to ask you what you want to drink so I will get to it, but before I do that, let me get through my greeting line like I am trained to do.

7. Servers have a lot that goes through their minds

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“Ranch for table 6.

Refill drinks at table 7 and 8. Wow that guy drinks a lot.

Don't forget that the guy at table 7 wants his ribeye trimmed a certain way and cooked in-between medium and medium rare.

Where is the water pitcher??

Call out salads for table 8. No onions and peppers on one.

Grab the check from table 5.

Theres no more sweet tea in the urn. We need more!

UGH RANCH FOR TABLE 6!"

I saw something similar to this on Facebook one time, and I laughed at how accurate it was. If I forget that ranch for table 6 at the end of the night, it will hit me and I will feel and about it.

8. Lastly, I am human and I will make some mistakes

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I will stumble upon my words when I say filet mignon because for some reason it is a hard word for me to say. My mind will go blank sometimes when you ask me what kind of wine we have. I will mess up every now and then. Sometimes it will be your fault because just like me, you mess up too and that's perfectly OK.


Becoming a server was one of the most eye opening experiences for me and if I could, I would make it a law for everyone to be a server at some point in their life, but that would be really silly. I hope this opens the eyes of some people. I know being a server isn't the most difficult job in the whole world, but I can promise you it is not the easiest either.

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