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 home stretch, 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 imagined 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 your parents every week for money, and your 2 a.m. 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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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Sometimes "Out With The Old In With The New" Isn't the Best thing

We can't lose touch of the simpler things in life

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When I think about how much has changed and how much my world has developed since I was little, I get mind boggled realizing how different things are. I work at a restaurant in the city that I grew up in and I see famillies come and go for dinner every night. They all seem the same. The parents will walk in, check in with the hostesses and wait to be seated. If they're asked to wait, the kids sit by their parents sides playing on phones that are probably too young to have. I understand that waiting can get tedious and boring. By the time that they would sit down, I'd imagine that they would put down the devices and engage in some good old fashion conversation. I was wrong. It made me sad to see kids eating dinners with their families with zero interaction. When I was younger, I enjoyed the quality conversations I would have with my family when we got breaks from our all very hectic schedules. It's amazing how much technology has advanced, but sometimes, I believe that we might rely on it too much.

Seems like more and more things are becoming industrialized. Those "mom and pop" shops are closing down due to corporate companies buying the land. I have enough Walmart and Targets in a ten minute radius from me. Sure, places like these carry necessities are important, but when local Nurseries are closed down in order to build a new gas station, it just becomes sad. As things progress more, the more we lose touch of our roots. The places that make home special and different. The moments we have as a kid that don't involve a light on our face. Modernism is a powerful and amazing thing but we need to take a step back and reevaluate what we hold closest to us.

All in all, as we continue to develop, I will continue to advocate for the simpler moments and the simpler times. I don't think my kids will need iPhones right out of elementary school, I'll continue to visit the same hometown shops and give them as much business as possible, I'll always ask if he kids want coloring sheets at the dinner table. Although these small things might not matter in our everyday new world, they matter to me. I will always try to have so much fun that I forget to document things with my phone. The laughter and memories without the technology present. Those are the moments worth remembering.

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