7 Things I Wish I Knew Going Into My Senior Year In High School

7 Things I Wish I Knew Going Into My Senior Year In High School

These times will fly by so consider you future and have fun doing it!

High school is a big accomplishment for students and a short year of lasts for many. Senior year is the last year before students become young adults and there's a lot to handle in this one year. There's a lot of new things and work to do as a senior, but there are also a lot of fun things you shouldn't miss out on. Here are a few things I wish someone had told me before I started my senior year:

1. Have fun while you can

Senior year is a year of lasts so live it up. Go to the events that you've always wondered about and go to the events you always said you'd never go to. This is your last chance to go to those football games, student events, and more! Stay involved or you'll regret it.

2. Your choice in major may change again and again and that's okay!

You are still just in highschool and keep that in mind because your dream in life may change and your situation could too!

3. Apply for your dream school and more!

You never know what schools are gonna accept you, so apply to that dream school and at the same time make sure you apply to others too. Your first choice school may change, I know mine did! It's also exciting receiving acceptance letters in the mail.

4. Check, check, and double check!

Many highschools offer dual enrollment opportunities and AP classes to seniors as a way for them to gain some leeway when beginning their college journey. Before paying for these classes, double check that the colleges you're looking into accepting them. Some colleges do not and it would suck to have to retake a class!

5. Base your decisions off of you!

When looking into colleges and trying to figure out what's next in your life, focus on you and your desires in the future. Don't base these decisions off of friends and family because you may regret it in the end! You need to do what's best for you, not everyone else.

6. Spend time with your friends

Senior year is your last year with all the same people so spend as much time together as possible! Your group may be close now but chances are y'all are going in different directions when it comes to colleges and chances are, after graduation you may never all be together again!

7.Enjoy the little things in life

Enjoy every family outing and every home cooked meal that you can. This is your last year as a kid and life will change a lot after graduating. Family time will drastically decrease and home cooked meals will come a lot less often. Enjoy the time with your family and while your family is still helping you pay for a lot when college or life starts expenses increase.

Senior year is a big deal and do not let anyone tell you otherwise. Enjoy everything you can and conider your options for your future. This time is important so don't slack, but make sure you have fun time too! This is your last year before you become an adult and it will be time to face real life so be ready!

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To All You High School Seniors, Here's Everything I Wish I Knew Before My Freshman Year Of College

College may be tougher or easier than you think.


You're finally getting to that time — graduation. For those of you getting ready to head off to college in a few short months after the summer, I wanted to give you the advice I wish I could have gotten coming into college. College isn't easy for some people, and for others, it's a breeze. If you find yourself on the path that I was on, it can get a little challenging, but remember to love the moment while you're in it.

When you first move in, college seems so scary, yet so amazing. You have the freedom to do whatever you want — you can go out five times a week or stay in every weekend. When you get to dorms and finally finish moving in, keep your door open. More than likely everyone is in the same boat as you and itching to make friends, so keeping your door open will let people know that you're actively doing the same. You'll be amazed how many people stop in just to say hey for a little bit, and those people could become your new squad for the year. Although, remember not to limit yourself to one friend group.

I found myself in this position — staying in my comfort zone with the friends I made in the first week. You think, "I already have a great group of friends, why would I need more?" Not to burst your bubble, but I had to burst mine. You have only known these people for a very short amount of time. It may seem like they're the best fit for you, but you really don't know who they are. Luckily, I've made it through the year with my first friend group and we're still best friends, but I've also been lucky enough to make best friends outside of my hall. It's nice to have different people on campus that you're friends with; you can have the opportunity to meet a whole different crowd of people.

Do be careful with your heart. Whether that be with your friends or with somebody you're interested in. This is a new place for you, and it'll be easy to become very attached to people because you're all by yourself in a new place. Protect yourself before you defend others is what I've learned. As sad as it sounds, these people could end up not being in your life by the time you leave this place, so why waste precious memories with people that don't make you all that happy? If your gut tells you to end it, then end it.

Take care of your mental health. Most of the time, college students forget that college requires a lot more work than high school did. With this, your GPA might drop from your regular high school GPA. Give yourself grace. College is hard, being involved in college is hard, taking care of yourself can get HARD. Take care of yourself mentally so you can be the best version of yourself as possible. If you have to skip class to take care of yourself, then skip class. Your mental health comes first—without good stability, mental success cannot come.

Lastly, cherish every moment. I can tell you that my freshman year flew by faster than I could've imagined, and even though I had a fun-filled, exciting first year, I wish I would've enjoyed it more. I wish I would've left my dorm more or said yes to more new opportunities. Remember that college is all about finding yourself. Do what makes you cool, not what your friends find cool. There are thousands of people on campus that will support your passions if your current friends don't — follow that gut feeling.

The typical advice like "Save your money, don't bring so much stuff, yada yada…." is so overdone. We all know those little secrets of what to bring and what not to bring, and you'll figure that out. But college is your first foot into the big bad world, and things can go south. Make sure you take care of yourself along the way. You'll thank yourself for it later.


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