Seniors, Make The Most Of Your Last Totally Free Summer

Seniors, Make Sure You Make The Most of Your Last Summer Before Adulthood

Don't count the days, but make the days count.

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As summer begins to wind down, you realize you are going into your last final year of high school. As seniors, we have one last time to be adventurous, to have fun, to do wild things and to enjoy ourselves.

This is the last summer before real life kicks in. If you are about to be a senior, you know graduation will be here before you know it. You know the countdown you have will be over before you can blink.

Next September will roll around abruptly, and you will have many life choices to make. You will have to decide whether you are going to prom, whether you are going to go on the senior class trip, whether you want to start working and whether you want to go to college.

The summer before senior year, you will start valuing and admiring the people around you a little bit more. You know that next summer is going to involve working, getting prepared for college and then finally going off to college.

It is important to make friends, but it's also important to get rid of harmful ones. Don't try to be something you are not — not to any of your classmates and not for the essays you write to get into college.

Get it into your head that what you want and what you need are two completely different things. Don't get angry when you can't find your perfect school at first. It's out there somewhere. You just have to venture out there and find it.

The sun will shine sooner or later, but it may be rainy at first.

Go on that senior class field trip, go to the prom, go to the party, go hang out with all your friends and do what makes you happy. Don't leave your high school with a pile of regrets. Be happy and confident with all the choices you make. Take advantage of the opportunities you get and make millions of memories.

It will probably feel as if life is flying before your eyes. It seems like we are on a never-ending roller coaster ride, and nobody is there to stop the ride.

You just have to search for every possibility, keep pushing towards your goals and refuse to stop until you reach them. Remember that you will never get where you want to go if you are always playing it safe.

Just hope that, in the end, you make the most of everything you have been given. Stop for a moment and take a breath, and look around… you have finally reached your last year of high school.

To the Class of 2019, I wish you the best of luck for the rest of your years. You have almost accomplished the first chapter of your lives. Remember to take big and bold risks, be open to taking the path that is less traveled and explore opportunities as they come along.

We did it!

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10 Pieces Of Advice From My Parents That Have Helped Me Survive This Thing Called Life

I don't like admitting that they're right, but they've helped me through more than they'll ever know.

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As I've entered my 20s and have made it halfway through college, I've learned that life can be hard and challenging at times. Like many kids, when I was growing up, I could care less about what my parent's advice or opinions were. Nine times out of ten, I would do the complete opposite of what they said. Once I got older and actually started listening to their advice and put it into perceptive, I learned that they're right more often than I'd like to admit.

1. Don't take things for granted

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I've learned to cherish what I have because I might not always have it. It's easy to take life itself and many things it involves for granted. They've taught me to take a step back from this crazy life sometimes and be grateful for all that I have.

2. Don't be afraid to put your heart on your sleeve

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My parents have taught me that if you feel something, don't be afraid to say it or embrace it. If you love someone, then tell them. Don't be afraid to put your heart out there just because you might get hurt.

3. Be vulnerable

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In life, in relationships, in your work. Take risks, get shot down, and then try again. Being vulnerable is scary yet so powerful.

4. You can never have too many shoes

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Otherwise known as it's okay to treat yourself. Life is hard, so take care of you. If that means going on a shopping spree every once in a while, then so be it.

5. You're going to be okay

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Whatever it is you're going through, you're going through it and you're going to come out on the other side. It may seem horrible now, but you'll learn from it and be okay in the end.

6. You have to have friends in life

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It's important to have people to lean on, especially on your bad days, and to celebrate with on your good ones. You can't just have you or a significant other to rely on.

7. Never be afraid to share your opinion

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Don't be afraid to put your thoughts and opinions out there because they might be wrong. They could have a huge impact on someone or something.

8. Don't stress over things you have no control over

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Everyone is on their own path, which means everything will work out the way it's supposed to, even if it doesn't make sense right now. Again, you're going to be okay.

9. Happy, healthy, wealthy, wise

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My dad always says if you tell yourself every day that you're happy with yourself or your life, you're healthy and strong, you're wealthy in love and surrounded by great people, and you're knowledgable or wise, then you can achieve anything in life.

10.  S*** or get off the pot

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My all-time favorite piece of advice. Making decisions can be hard and scary, especially if the outcome could be getting hurt in the end. So, you either make a decision and roll with it no matter the outcome or you walk away.

Thanks, mom and dad for always being a phone call away when I need it! Just know that your advice and words of wisdom don't go unnoticed. For others, your parents have been on this planet much longer than you have and most likely experienced the same situations that you're dealing with. They don't have all the answers, but they are there to help.

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