6 Emotions To Prepare For During Senior Year

6 Emotions To Prepare For During Senior Year

As some people begin to look forward to their senior year, prepare for these emotions

Most everybody experiences a high school senior year. Senior year is a time full of "last" and plenty of different emotions.

1. The First Day

September rolls around and we all know what that means. Gameday weekends are finally here. Seniors in high school go all around to different colleges and stay with friends. Many seniors at this time have no clue where they want to go to college in the fall.

2. Game Days

Some have the privilege of meeting some wonderful people during gamedays that impact them heavingly on their decision. However, meeting these amazing new friends make it that much harder to say goodbye when they move back home in May.

3. Homecoming

It is your last homecoming ever! Girl's start to book their makeup appointments and start looking for the perfect dress. The night finally comes and you get all dressed up. You take those finally homecoming pictures with your date and best friends. Your mom sheds a few tears and talks about how fast you have grown up.

4. Christmas Break

Before you know it, it's already time for Christmas break. Senioritis is slowly approaching you during those senior exam review days. Around this time you get to pick out your senior quote which is very exciting. You spend endless hours stressing and trying to decide which one to pick. You finally choose one and submit it so it can get approved for the yearbook. Senior exams strike you and it is time to hit the books.

4. The beginning of the last semester

January, February, and March fly by. It is like you blinked and now you are about to be done with high school forever. You turn in those final service hours you need in order to graduate. You start to cherish those senior breaks and senior mom navigators. This is when many of us wished we had a pause button. All the friends you have made are about to go separate ways. This is what it has come down to. Now it is about time to close this final chapter of your life.

5. Prom

Finally, it is time for Prom. Prom is the unforgettable night full of last time dances and the after-prom activities. Many of us dance the night away with our friends and of course our date. We come to the realization that this is our last time we actually get to all dress up and dance the night away together.(until our wedding day of course)

6. Graduation Month

May is the scariest month filled with so many emotions. At this time you receive your cap and gown. You approach into the single digit countdown for days left of school. This is also your graduation month and that means walking down and receiving your diploma. Now it is your turn to go start a new chapter in your life. Remember to love and forgive always. Also, remember you will see those friends again and that this isn't a goodbye but a see you later.

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To All Incoming Freshmen, When You Get To College, Please Don't Be THAT Freshman

I am pretty sure we all know who I'm talking about.


As we are all counting down the days to return to campus, students are looking forward to meeting new people and reuniting with old friends. And then, there is the freshman.

We have all been there. The eagerness and excitement have been slowly building up through months of summer vacation, all waiting for this moment. I understand the anxiousness, enthusiasm, and insecurities. The opportunity to meet new people and explore a new area is very intriguing. But let's be real, you are here to make memories and get an education. So here are a few pieces of advice from a former college freshman.

1. Don't be that freshman who follows their significant other to college

This is the boy or girl who simply can not think for themselves. The 17-year-old puts their own personal goals and interests aside to sacrifice for a six-month high school relationship. This will more than likely end at an end of semester transfer after the relationship has been tested for a month or two in college life. So if you want to really enjoy your freshman year, make your own decisions and do what is best for you.

2. Don't be that freshman who lets their parents pick their major

"You are not going to school just to waste my money."

This is a statement you might have heard from your parents. As true as it might seem, this is definitely not a good way to start your college years. If you are not majoring in something you can see yourself doing, you are wasting your time. You can major in biology, go to medical school, and make the best grades. But if deep down you don't want to be a doctor, you will NOT end up being a good doctor. When it comes to picking your major, you really have to follow your heart.

3. Don't be that freshman who gets overwhelmed with the first taste of freedom

Yes. It is all very exciting. You don't have a curfew, you don't have rules, you don't have anyone constantly nagging you, but let's not get carried away. Don't be the freshman who gets a tattoo on the first night of living on your own. Don't be the freshman who tries to drink every liquor behind the bar. Don't be the freshman who gets caught up being someone that they aren't. My best advice would be to take things slow.

4. Don't be that freshman who starts school isolated in a relationship

I'm not telling you not to date anyone during your freshman year. I am saying to not cut yourself off from the rest of the world while you date someone. Your first year on campus is such an amazing opportunity to meet people, but people are constantly eager to start dating someone and then only spend time with that person.

Be the freshman who can manage time between friends and relationships.

5. Don't be that freshman who can't handle things on their own

It is your first year on your own. Yes, you still need help from your parents. But at this point, they should not be ordering your textbooks or buying your parking pass. If you need something for a club or for class, YOU should handle it. If you're having roommate problems, YOU should handle it, not your parents. This is the real world and college is a great time for you to start building up to be the person you want to be in the future, but you can't successfully do that if your parents still deal with every minor inconvenience for you.

6. Don't be that freshman who only talks to their high school friends

I know your high school was probably amazing, and you probably had the coolest people go there. However, I believe that college is a great time to be on your own and experience new things. Meeting new people and going to new places will allow you to grow into a more mature person. There is a way to balance meeting new friends and maintaining friendships with childhood friends, and I am sure you will find that balance.

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College Isn't For Everyone And That's Not A Bad Thing

End the stigma around technical college and certification programs.


No, this is not my farewell from college. Rather, this piece is to bring to light the facts that support those who decide to take the non-traditional path to pursue certificates, two-year degrees and apprenticeship programs that many look down upon. This is for those who prefer "middle-skill" jobs, which to me seems like a rude misnomer for these jobs.

In high school, it is almost pounded into your head that to be successful, you must go to a four-year college or university and receive a bachelor's degree; then, if you want to be even more successful, you must pursue even higher education. But, college isn't for everyone, especially an experience that requires four years (or more worth) of time. There are ways to make money and a successful future for yourself without dropping thousands of dollars on your education.

Just to lay down some facts before we get too far into this discussion: "middle-skill" jobs, also known as jobs that require some postsecondary training or education but less than a bachelor's degree, account for 55% of Wisconsin's labor market. If you still are a little lost on the concept of "middle-skill," then think of trades, beauticians and estheticians, certain roles in the healthcare field like phlebotomist or CNA. There are over 48 million jobs that require some education and training beyond a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree. 48 MILLION JOBS.

There are some kids who are very crafty, especially in things like welding or carpentry, which don't necessarily need a typical college or university education. Certificates or programs can lead to many different avenues of work, taking a shorter amount of time and costing less money. There's always the option to go to a technical college or just continue out of high school. Through programs like Youth Apprenticeships or Dual Enrollment, high school kids can get a jumpstart on earning an industry credential or degree that will help them with their future career.

Many people look down on others for not continuing down the very common, very expensive route that a lot of kids are pushed down nowadays: the four year university route. And with that comes a very big problem: the pressure to go down the typical path leads to failure in college, wage gaps and job fields that are in dire need of skilled and certified employable people. Up until I actually graduated and got out of my small town, I started to see that every avenue available to you is viable, and whatever choice you decide to make for post-secondary education (if you to decide to make such a decision) doesn't make you any less valuable to the workforce. To me, many of these "middle-skill" jobs are more than I could ever handle, and, in this day and age, any person could really walk off the street and do marketing, which is what I am studying in college.

I have known kids who were 4.0 students, great athletes and very well-rounded yet decided against the university route; when others heard about their plans, they were always curious as to why they weren't traveling down the typical route. Well, they knew exactly what they wanted to do and didn't need to waste thousands of dollars on an education that wasn't applicable to their future careers. No matter how smart, it's not smart to waste your money on something unecessary, so why waste all that time and money?

Don't discount any path for your future. Typical or not, it doesn't mean it is always right for you. Explore your options. Follow your passions. Use your talents and pursue your dreams. College isn't for everybody.

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