Beginning That Next Chapter

Beginning That Next Chapter

May 1st was National College Decision day, and now it is time to take that next step.


Seniors all across the country have decided what they are doing after high school, whether that is going to college or start a career, and the reality is starting to sink in that we will all soon be on our own. With prom, graduation, and possibly college move-in day, these are your last few months as a teenager. Although it is scary, it is also exciting to begin this next chapter of our lives. I am here to tell you that it will be alright, and I am very excited to see what the future has in store for us!

1. Seniors, enjoy this last summer while you can!

Now is the time to hang out with your friends before you all go on your separate ways. Although you may attend college with some of your friends, many of them will also be beginning this next chapter. College is the time where you explore your hobbies, meet new friends, and begin to focus on a future career. Life has a different plan for each person, and that is not a bad thing, but it is important to spend time with those who you care about before you go down your own path.

2. Prepare yourself for that next step

Whatever your next step is, you need to make sure you are prepared. Gather items for your dorm, do an internship or even begin making friends with your fellow classmates or coworkers. Life will go on no matter the circumstances, so everyone should take time to prepare themselves for what is coming next. Remember, it should be exciting to begin this next journey.

3. Relax and look forward to your future

At first, moving on from all that you've ever known will seem scary and difficult. Obviously, it will take time for you to get used to change, but once you do you will enjoy every minute of it. Set new goals, reach certain milestones, and hard work will always pay off. Keep your eye on the prize!

4. Take a minute, and think about what you want for yourself

Personally, it brings me joy whenever I take a deep breath and think about my future. It is so exciting to be able to meet new people, experience new things, and most importantly get an education about a subject that I really care about. Plus, I am very excited to begin a new chapter at the University of Oklahoma this fall and majoring in journalism! Now, ask yourself, what do you see in your future? What do you want for yourself?

Lastly, seniors, happy National College Decision day! I am so excited that you are deciding where you will be starting that next chapter, and hope you can accomplish all of your goals.

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5 Struggles That Coming Home For The Summer Pose

Summer isn't always what you think it's going to be, especially when you're coming home.


Summer break is amazing in so many ways: you're given countless hours to yourself, no daily stresses concerning school and assignments, and no overbearing pressures to go out every single night. However, coming home (usually) means you're back living with your parents and back to abiding by their rules, despite the fact that for around ten months, you were the only person making the rules in your own home. Despite the perks that come with summer, I have composited 10 reasons why summer can be hard to bear.

1. Having a set curfew.

I find it almost comical that I was able to "run free" for 10 months in Tallahassee with no regard for what time it was, but while at home I get the "it's time to come home" text from my parents as soon as 11 o'clock rolls around. For the entire school year, I was able to stay at friends' places until the sun came up, at walk out of clubs around closing time with no fear of getting punished for staying out too late, but now, I have to constantly plan around my curfew and ensure that I'm home before I get on my parents' bad side.

2. Having to get a summer job.

It was always a rule in my house that jobs were only meant for summer since my parents felt that getting good grades were our primary priority, so now that school's out, I'm working at my local Panera and dog-sitting for my neighbors, even though I absolutely hate dogs. Working isn't the worst thing I've had to do, but when I have to miss beach days and parties for a job that only pays $9 an hour, it sucks!

3. Countless days of boredom. 

College has made me accustomed to being surrounded by other people and activities 24/7. Sure, there were a couple of hours a day for alone time, but the majority of my day was spent hanging out with friends, going to my sorority, going out, and attending class. Now that I'm home and far away from my friends and the social aspect of FSU, I find myself bored and lonely.

4. Less freedom and independence. 

While away at school, I was able to do pretty much anything I wanted without my parents finding out. I was able to go get fast food in the middle of the night, go out to clubs, and sleep at my friends' place whenever I wanted. Sadly, now that I'm home, I can't just leave whenever I want or do whatever I want; I have to tell my parents when I'm going to places, where I'm going, who I'm meeting, and when exactly I'll be home.

5. Having to unpack and sort through your old clothes and the ones you brought to school.

Being the youngest has gifted me with an overabundance of hand-me-downs, everything from prom dresses to shoes to jewelry. However, over the years, the amount of clothes I have accumulated is insane; coming home has forced me to sort through the piles of old clothes and things I don't want anymore in order to make room for the multiple suitcases I brought back from school. My room looks like a tornado swept through it for three weeks now, despite the countless hours I have spent organizing, donating, and folding.

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