What I Wish I Knew As A Second Semester High-School Senior

What I Wish I Knew As A Second Semester High-School Senior

Welcome to the beginning of the end.
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So, this is it. You’re in the homestretch my friends. You’re in your final semester of childhood. It’s insane, I know. Time is going to fly by faster than you ever could have imagine it would. It’s the little moments and the seemingly insignificant memories you’re going to miss the most. The spontaneous nights with lifelong friends, or the thought provoking conversations with teachers. The bus rides home with teammates, or the laughs shared with classmates. Make lots of moments, have a TON of fun. Here are a couple of tidbits of advice I gathered from my now washed-up-freshmen-in-college friends. Enjoy.

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  1. The familiarity you’re feeling right now isn’t going to last that much longer. Enjoy it, love it.
  2. Have so much fun (within reason)
  3. Work hard (within reason)
  4. Rebuild your burnt bridges
  5. Don’t hate on prom, we all know you somewhere deep down love it
  6. Confess your love to your longtime crush
  7. STUDY FOR YOUR AP EXAMS!! #downwithcore
  8. The petty stuff will not matter in four months, don’t waste your time
  9. On graduation day, go back to the places you loved growing up
  10. Eat at your favorite restaurants as often as you can, you may as well start the broke college life early
  11. But also enjoy your mom’s cooking, you’ll miss it
  12. Take pictures...and videos!!!
  13. You don’t have to watch the bachelor alone. Hang out with your friends on school nights
  14. It feels like everything is the last time, make that a positive thing
  15. Eat that donut but...
  16. You’re never going to be skinnier than you are now
  17. Thrive in the excitement and uncertainty of the entire semester
  18. Don’t waste your energy acting negatively towards others
  19. Say hi to people, you may never see them again after graduation
  20. Enjoy it while it lasts, because believe it or not, you will miss it someday
  21. Go to the game or the party or the play. Netflix isn’t going anywhere
  22. Don’t be afraid of anything or anyone
  23. Revel in the nostalgia, but live in the present too
  24. Again...take pictures!!!!!!
  25. Graduation day will be one of the best days of your life
  26. Go on an adventure with your friends, some of them won’t be around forever
  27. Take one last lap through your high school with your closest friends
  28. Take a high school musical kinda jump if you’re feeling really adventurous
  29. Laugh. At everyone, at everything
  30. The people you want to stay in touch with, you will
  31. Hang out with your younger siblings. they’re going to miss you.
  32. Tell your parents, truly, about your day
  33. Go out of your way to say thank you, to whoever that may be
  34. Take pictures of your hometown. You’ll want those someday.
  35. Live life like you’re 80 looking back on your teenage years
  36. Get involved
  37. Have lots and lots of sleepovers
  38. Blast your favorite songs and drive around town with your best friends
  39. Your teachers are really, really sad to see you go. Hang out with them too
  40. Don’t forget about your dog either. take him/her for a walk or something
  41. Take trips to the city wherever that city may be
  42. Take lots of pictures of those city trips, ok?
  43. Give blood. Because why not
  44. Learn to pick vegetables, even when there's a plate of fries in front of you
  45. Do random things with random groups of people. A lot of the time those are the best memories.
  46. Enjoy those friendships that are strictly in-class-ask-for-homework-kind-of-friendships. Their expiration date is coming up quickly
  47. There’s no reason you have to wait on the waitlist
  48. Make your friends birthdays a big deal. It may be the last time you’re all together for it
  49. You’ll know where you want to spend the next four years. You’ll get a feeling trust me.
  50. Regret literally nothing, no shame no gain am i right?
  51. Talk to someone you never would’ve struck up a conversation with
  52. It’s okay to go random, or pick a roommate out on facebook, there are pros and cons to both
  53. Get a job over the summer!!!!!! You’ll be happy when you don’t have to call you parents every week for money, and your 2am drunk self will thank you
  54. Talk to your friends about everything, they’re probably feeling the same things you are
  55. College is awesome, but there is nothing like memories with your childhood best friends
  56. So make more.
  57. Oh, and did I mention to take pictures and videos??
  58. Long story short, welcome to one of the best times of your life so far. Enjoy every single second.

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Yes, I Want To Be A Teacher

"You know you don't make that much money, right?"
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Yes, I want to be a teacher. Yes, I know what the salary of a teacher is like. Yes, I know that people will view my future career as “easy.” No, I would not want any other job in the world.

I am sure that I am not the only future educator who has had enough with hearing all the critiques about becoming a teacher; we are tired of hearing all the negative aspects because it’s obvious that the positives will ALWAYS outweigh those judgemental negative comments.

So, why do I want to be a teacher? I am sure that I speak for many other future teachers when I say that I am not doing it for the salary, benefits, or even the summer vacation (although that is a great plus!).

I want to be a teacher because I will be able to wake up on Mondays and actually be excited. Saturday and Sunday will be a nice break to relax, but I know that I will be ready to fill up my apple-shaped mug with coffee on Monday morning and be ready for a day full of laughs and new lessons for my students for the upcoming week.

I want to be a teacher because I get to have an impact on tomorrow's leaders. No, I don’t mean that I’m predicting my future student to be the president of the United States (but, hey, that would be a pretty cool accomplishment). I mean that I have the job to help students recognize that they have the power to be a leader in and out of the classroom.

I want to be a teacher because I don’t want an easy day. Challenges are what push me to greatness and success. Although many people think teaching is an easy profession, I know that it isn’t easy. It’s very hard, every day at every moment. But it is worth it when a student finally understands that math problem that stumped them for awhile and they have a huge smile from ear to ear.

I want to be a teacher because I want to work with kids. I mean, come on, what else is greater than a kid having fun and you’re the reason why? A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a child being excited and having fun while learning is worth a million.

I want to be a teacher because I don’t want a high salary. If I really cared about making a six-figure income, I would have chosen a different profession. Teaching is not about the check that I bring home every week or two, it’s about what I learn and the memories that I make; the memories that I get to share with my family at dinner that night.

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I want to be a teacher because there is nothing else in this world that I’d rather do for the rest of my life. Sure, there may be other jobs that are rewarding in more ways. But to me, nothing can compare to the view of a classroom with little feet swinging back and forth under a desk from a student learning how to write their ABCs.

Teaching may not be seen as the perfect profession for everyone, but it is the perfect profession for me.

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