To The Incoming High School Seniors
Start writing a post
Student Life

To The Incoming High School Seniors

Make this year count

To The Incoming High School Seniors
Kateri Hartman

Dear future senior,

Your final year of high school is just around the corner! You may be starting in a few days, a week or -- for the most unfortunate -- it has already begun. Senior year is the year every high schooler looks forward to. For athletes, it’s the final season of the sport they’re post passionate about. For people in music, or theater, it’s the final song or show that puts the end to a great career. High school is a whirlwind. It has its ups and downs, but the final year can truly be the most defining. As someone who stood in your position exactly one year ago, here is my advice.

Turn the negatives into positives. You may have spent the last few years complaining about how hard your sport is, or how much you hate your coach. Stop thinking this way. You play the sport for a reason, and no matter what it is, it is enough to keep you there. Good things can come from any situation so no matter how much you think you won’t, you will miss it. Savor those moments in huddles with your team. Remember the times when you kept working even when you felt like you couldn’t. The lessons you learn will stay with you forever. In the moment it may be tough, but you’ll look back on it once it’s over.

As for academics, don’t let them slip. Senioritis may be alive and well but your grades still matter. You’ve worked this hard for three years, one last year won’t hurt. I know it can be tempting to turn in a paper you wrote in thirty minutes, but that won’t help your GPA or your writing skills for college. Take a deep breath, set aside some time, and finish that paper. At the same time, give yourself a break.

Senior year is stressful with the application deadlines and scholarship searches. High school is almost over, and it’s OK to go get a smoothie with your friends after school instead of going straight home to crack open the books. Just remember to cherish your last year. Whether you loved high school or hated it, it’s a monumental time. This is your last year before everything changes.

The summer after I graduated was possibly my best one yet. Going off to college is one of the most exciting, terrifying and life changing experiences out there. Don't let the idea of leaving make you miss the happiness that is right in front of you. It flies by fast, and once it does, you never get it back. So live it up and make every moment count. Everyone has a different senior year experience, but each one matters. After all, this is the place that will shape who you become.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments