What to do after high school

To The Recent High School Graduate who is moving on from their hometown comfort

Whether you are pursuing a college degree after this day or not, you will thank high school for many different things.

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It may be the most elating, bittersweet feeling ever. As your peers walk down the aisles to receive their diplomas, smile for their successes.

When your high school principal speaks about your next journey, think about where you want to be.

Graduating high school is an end to a vital part of the beginning of adulthood. Whether you are pursuing a college degree after this day or not, you will thank high school for many different things.

It was just two short years ago I was sitting in your place.

I know that weird, uneasy feeling about the future. I know that happy feeling about meeting new people in years ahead. I know that sad feeling about things you wish played out differently in these past four years. We've ALL been there.

But hey, it is normal.

During my senior year of high school, I was unsure if I wanted graduation day to come quickly. I was content with the friends I had been alongside for more than 12 years. I did not know what life would be like without these people alongside me.

Everyone was heading to colleges in all different directions, and it was quite overwhelming!

You may be the president of your class, the president of your club, or the captain of your sports team, but when you go to college, there are hundreds of people from all over the world, competing for that same spot.

I am here to tell you to be YOUR best. Whether you become a leader of a group or club in college or not, I can promise you that you will be happy if you try your personal best.

College is definitely a huge change from high school. You may be left with people you barely know in a new town you are not familiar with and managing your own rules.

There is no one to tell you to do your homework at a certain time, eat dinner at a certain time, or even what time to come home after a night out. It is quite the change.

I do suggest learning time management skills as the top priority when you first arrive.

You will have so much free time to yourself, which is a blessing but can be a detriment at times.

When you start to enjoy these next few months home before leaving, I want you to focus on a couple things:

Cherish your hometown.

Spend time with your family.

Make memories.

And take a deep breath.

I promise you, time goes fast.

Soon enough you will be packing up your car and heading on your way to your new adventure. Even if you are staying at home, that first day after high school, reality sets in.

You never realize how much your hometown means to you until you leave it. You may think of it as the best place ever or the place you cannot wait to leave, but I do assure you, there is no place like home.
Being away at school makes you appreciate family in a totally different way than it did in high school. You never know when things could happen in life and being away at school helps you cherish small moments with your family.

Memories in high school will now be left behind, but TRUST ME you will make tons more in college!

Although this can all be overwhelming, you are on the road of entering a new chapter in the start of your adulthood. It is time to leave the past behind and focus on the future ahead. You may not be entering the halls of your high school anymore, but you will be entering a building full of many different opportunities.

The transition from high school to college has its challenges but everything really does happen for a reason. Take on life with open arms and grasp on to the future blessings in front of you!

Good luck! Xo

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When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.

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Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!

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