To The High School Senior, Stop Stressing

To The High School Senior, Stop Stressing

Slow down and breathe.

So you're a senior in high school stressing about college? I totally get it, I was there too; however, my advice to you, from a second-semester college sophomore, would be to slow down and breathe.

With the stress of college acceptance letters coming in the mail to filling out your FASFA and perfecting as many scholarship applications as humanly possible, just remember to take a step back and realize this only happens once.

I know you're counting down the days until you can walk across the stage and receive your diploma, but just remember, you're never going to get these moments back. Moments such as finding the perfect prom dress with your best friends, to lacing up your cleats and hitting the dirt for your endless softball practices, to attending your last pep rally, to planning your senior pranks and spirit week, to dancing the night away at prom, and finally to walking across the stage full of excitement as the next chapter in your life is about to open. As all of these little moments happen, just remember, in a few short months, everything is going to change.

Sure, this summer will be filled with lasting memories of the never-ending list of graduation parties you have to attend, awesome road trips that you and your best friends map out, and tons of relaxation in the sun, but soon enough, summer will come to a close and the well-anticipated wait of college is at your fingertips. And let me be the first to tell you, college is pretty great.

Don't get me wrong, you are going to be drowning in homework. Thought high school was hard? Think again, college is going to push you to your limits. But besides the exams and papers, college is full of wonderful opportunities where you discover who you truly are. You find out who your true friends are, some new and some old. You immerse yourself into activities you want to do, not extracurriculars that only look good on a college application. You discover your passions and the type of person you strive to be. College is the time where you discover yourself.

So my take-home message for all of this would be to enjoy high school because it only happens once. It doesn't matter what college or university you attend, everything will work itself out in the end. Still stressing about all of those scholarship essays you have to fill out? Work hard and get them done, but don't forget to enjoy the little moments with your friends and family, because before long those moments will turn into memories and your friends won't be as easy to reach. Lastly, just remember, that whatever direction you choose to go, there will be highs and there will be lows, but life always goes on so make the most out of it.

High school isn't the best four years of your life, but they are four years that are pretty great so enjoy them before it's too late.

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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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