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.

SEE ALSO: Why My Hometown Friends Are My Forever Friends

  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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22 Girl Names Your Random College Roommate Will Have, And The Type Of Roommate They Are

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Every roommate situation in college is going to be different.

All you can do is hope and pray that they'll just leave you alone for the most part. A lot of the time, you can get a hint about what kind of roommate they'll be just knowing their first name.

1. Hailey

Her dad pays her rent. She can't cook. Litters the kitchen with take out boxes from the local vegan joint.

2. Beth

Totally wants you to go to SoulCycle with her at 6 a.m. on a Saturday. Room is littered with leggings and sneakers.

3. Michelle

Comes home at 3 a.m. after a night of heavy drinking. Loudly makes some sort of frozen meal. Sleeps through her noon alarm.

4. Victoria

Probably has dark hair and an acoustic guitar. Keeps pretty much to herself. Does homework in the living room at obscure hours.

5. Madison

Was on the dance team in high school and has not stopped telling you about how great it was. Does work out videos on the TV in the living room.

6. Kim

Brings her boyfriend over every night of the week. Brings different boys home on the weekends.

7. Megan

Actively avoids cleaning the bathroom. Leaves her dishes in the sink. You haven't seen her shower in four days.

8. Erica

Normal. Quiet. Wants to be a high school English teacher.

9. Erika

Wild. Emotionally distraught always. Is always hosting the pre-game. Never comes home with all of the clothes she left wearing.

10. Sarah

"Definitely should have got into Harvard, but I ended up here instead." Too into trying to get a 4.0 to pay attention to you.

11. Julia

Studies music performance. Screams expletives at her keyboard. Cannot play the trumpet, but still tries really hard.

12. Hannah

So tall she almost hits her head on the doorways. Plays basketball. Raps to old Kanye in the shower.

13. Jenny

Should not be allowed to go out. Goes out every weekend anyway. Throws up in your bathtub and doesn't always address it in the morning.

14. Heather

Stressing about her internship. Is currently failing all of her classes. Will somehow still get a 3.5 GPA this semester.

15. Grace

You never see her, only the hairballs she leaves all around your place.

16. Emma

Only has guy friends because "it's easier." Guy friends who leave empty beer cans out after every sporting event on TV.

17. Caitlyn

Has a 4.0 as a biology major. Is going to med school. Sterilizes her room, the bathroom and the kitchen sink every four hours.

18. Sam

Always has a paper about feminism to write. Rosie the Riveter poster in her room.

19. Alex

Is probably dating her boss. Has straight Ds in all her classes.

20. Taylor

Is somehow always home when you're home. You know nothing about her other than where she's from.

21. Alyssa

Trying to become the next big YouTuber. Has lighting equipment all over the place. You constantly hear the phrase, "Hey guys, welcome to my channel!" She squealed because yesterday she hit 25 subscribers.

22. Jesse

Is probably plotting your murder. Lurks around like a cat.

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11 Things To Look Forward To After Finals

Need some motivation to push through finals?
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It’s nearly that time when the library is packed and the stores are running out of coffee. That’s right, finals week is approaching! Finals are not fun, but finals week getting closer means that Summer break is also getting closer! Here are 10 things to look forward to after finals to help get you through them!

1. No more homework!

I know that one of the many stressful things about finals is the homework that’s assigned right before. Finals are stressful by themselves, so it’s never fun when professors assign homework that’s due the week before the final or even the week of sometimes. But, I remind myself that after that one last week of finals, I won’t have to worry about any homework at all.

2. Having time to eat

Days spent studying for finals are some of the longest days of the year in my opinion. Sometimes I’ll leave in the morning to go to class and the library to study, and I won’t get back home until late that night. By the time I get home, I don’t have a ton of energy to make anything extravagant for dinner. Just thinking about how I’ll actually have time to eat real meals after finals is a motivator to get them done!

3. Swimming

Besides the people who don’t like hot weather, who doesn’t look forward to Summer because of the outdoor activity-friendly weather? Swimming was always one of the main things that I looked forward to about summer when I was little, and it’s still something that I’m excited for. Whether I’m going on vacation or not, the end of finals means the beginning of being able to go swimming!


4. Getting more hours at work

I know working over the summer isn’t necessarily a highlight of the break, but finals being over with means no more having to work around your class schedule. No more finals means more hours, and more hours means more money to do other fun things over the summer!

5. Change of scenery

Living on campus is fun and exciting, but sometimes a change of scenery is nice. Especially if you live in dorms, getting finals done means no more living in a cube!


6. Seeing family

I don’t know anyone in college who hasn’t gotten even just a little bit homesick at least once. The sooner I’m done with finals, the sooner I get to see my mom and my dog!

7. Getting to see friends outside of college

I love my friends that I met at college, but I’m still close with a couple that I knew before college. Finals week coming to an end means a summer catching up and spending time with old friends is coming to a beginning!


8. Ice cream (and other frozen treats)

When I was younger and people would ask me what my favorite food was, I would say ice cream. Although it might not be my favorite food anymore, it’s definitely in my top 10. Second-semester finals being over with officially marks the beginning of nice enough weather to eat ice cream, or slushies/other frozen treats, without getting cold (or without it dripping onto the study guide you’re cramming the day before the final).

9. Time to travel

I don’t know how many people who have time to travel during the school year, but it’s probably not very high. Finals wrapping up means no more class, and no more class means more free time! Even if it’s just a weekend trip, not having to worry about a class on Monday can make it a lot more fun.


10. Watching Netflix without feeling guilty

I don’t know how many times that I watch Netflix and tell myself that I’ll stop to study after the episode I’m on, and then the next thing I know it’s multiple episodes later. After finals are done, no more feeling bad for binge-watching your favorite shows!


11. Actually having free time

One of the things that I'm looking forward to the most about being done with finals is actually having some free time. Finals week is full of cramming and studying, but just the thought of having some time to sit back and relax makes it all worth it!

Those are just some of the things to look forward to after finals!

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