A Letter to the High School Seniors

A Letter to the High School Seniors

Make the most of these months

Just one year ago, my life was completely different. I was just beginning all the "lasts" of my high school career, deciding where I would spend the next four years of my life, and trying to make last-minute memories with my best friends while also balancing my school work, and maintaining my long-term relationship.

Here I am, one year later; and everything has changed. I am now beginning all my "firsts" in college, staying in touch with my best friends via text, and doing it all single. Looking back at myself a year ago, I would have never ever guessed I would be where I am, with the people I am with today. The ways I have developed mentally, academically, and spiritually at college are numerous. Being on my own at college and being able to just focus on myself really helped me to grow and thrive in a place I was so scared to be on my own.

But this article is not about me. It is for all the high school seniors out there right now. I remember what it feels like to be in that place: scared but excited, nervous but eager, sad to leave high school memories behind but ready to make new ones at the college you will be attending. It may be really tempting to wish that time away, but don't do that. I often find myself wishing I could go back to senior year and tell myself so many things. Things like, "don't let one person control your happiness", "go out that weekend and be social, the homework can wait", or "don't get so caught up in the drama, enjoy all the good parts of getting dressed up and ready for school dances". Being a sentimental person, I knew I would miss high school. And sure enough; I was very very right about that. My first semester I would look at all the new seniors at my old school and wish I could have that time back. I would come home, and voluntarily go back to visit teachers and students on my breaks. High school was a place I met my best friends, encountered some of the most inspiring teachers, and made some of the best memories I have to this day. I thought I would never find somewhere else where I would have these feelings about. Boy was I wrong.

Second semester of college came and I could not believe just how fast I was making friends and meeting those influential people I had been waiting for. I could go on and on about how wonderful college has been for me, but I am getting off subject here. The whole point is; the grass is always greener on the other side. For you High Schooler's reading this, you cannot wait to escape the walls of your boring old school. For the college students reading this, you may be wishing you could just redo that one night in high school; make one more night of memories with your best friends. What I am here to do is to tell you "prospective college-bound students" is to enjoy the last few months you have at home, like the showers you don't have to wear Old Navy flip-flops in, the five minute drive to your best friends house, the crowded student section at the basketball games or the family dinners. All the things you don't think to notice, the little things are what you will miss the most... take it from me. It is great to be excited about a University, but you will be thanking me for reminding you to appreciate that homemade Lasagna in 6 months when you are sitting in the cafeteria eating something that resembles a burger. There is a life beyond high school, but for now enjoy those end-of-class bells, because I promise you will eventually miss them.

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You May Have Worn The Prom Dress With Him, But I Get To Wear The Wedding Dress

You had him in high school, but I get him for the rest of my life.

High school seems like the best time of your life when you are in it. You think that all of your friends will be with you until the end, and that you will end up with whoever you are dating your senior year. For very few, that might just be the case. For all others, that is far from true.

You thought that you would marry your boyfriend and you thought that everything would work out how you had always imagined. I don't blame you though. He's great. You wanted everything with him, but you were just not right for him.

I wish I could say that I am sorry it didn't work out for you, but I can't. I can't because he is mine now, and I get to cherish him forever. You didn't do that right, and you were not meant to be together. You will find someone too, but I am happy that you were not the one for him.

Sometimes I have issues with jealousy, and I hate that you got all of the high school stuff with him. You got to go to games and support him. It kills me that I couldn't be there for him because I know I would have actually been there wholeheartedly. I would have done it out of love, not as a popularity appearance.

I hate that you got to go to all of the school dances with him. He got to see you all dressed up and probably told you how great you looked. I'm sure you did look great. Prom dresses were always fun to pick out and so colorful. It was exciting to match colors with your date. I am sure you had fun choosing his matching tux to your dress.

I find myself getting jealous, but then I stop. I am getting to match his tux with our wedding colors. I got to go dress shopping in a sea of white, and he doesn't get to know one detail about that dress yet. He will get to see me walk down the aisle and then every day forever. I get to love him forever.

I try to not get jealous of all of the things you got with him because it is all in the past. You had your time, and now I get the wedding. You got to dress up in high school, but I get to dress up for my wedding with him. He may have put a corsage on your wrist, but he will be putting the wedding ring on my finger.

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I Expected It To Have It All Together By 22 And I'm Still Far From That

What we expected and what reality actually is, are two completely different things...


Oh our 20s, how we expected them to be so different. We expected to graduate college at 22, have a career by 23, be engaged by 24, married with a house by 25, kids by 26-28, vacationing with the family by 30, and retired by 60. We expected college to be parties and cute boys/girls. Instead, we got late nights of studying and crying after a job that barely pays for our car, food, dorm, and textbooks. We get no social life and if we do our grades suffer for it.

Our 20s were expected to be all fun but all we got were struggles and stress. I mean I don't know about you but I expected, to have it all together and I'm nearly 23 and far from it. I had all the scholarships and great grades, and I still don't have any type of degree.

Reality hits after 18. Most of us don't have the help of mom and dad anymore. We have to find our way and make a path for ourselves. Sometimes our dreams and goals have to be put on hold for that. The 20s isn't fun. It's about discovering who you are, who you want to be, and where you want to go. Some of us serve our country, some become incarcerated, some of us parents, some teachers, others cops, others travel or study abroad, some dead, some ill, other managers, others homeless, some still living home, and some even addicts.

The weird thing about your 20s is everyone is doing something different, but yet everyone is confused and comparing themselves to others. People feel if they're not doing what others are doing, in their age group then they have failed themselves. What people forget is that with life comes obstacles and sacrifice and everyone's life and situations are different. You are where you need to be right now, for you, and I think that's something to remember in your 20s.


Another thing about your 20's is you're free to think for yourself now. No more having to follow a religion you dislike or hold back from things you love. The world is literally yours to discover and learn from. Possibilities are endless! I think your 20's are the years you create yourself to the best version of you and build the foundation for your future. Just remember, we all build at our own pace.


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