Mini Advice From a Senior to a Freshman

Mini Advice From a Senior to a Freshman

Unqualified bias advice from a senior that used to be edgy.

Whenever I think of "freshmen," I am reminded of the edgy excitement and the Taylor Swift classic "Fifteen." When I was a freshman, I was much like you are. I was anxiously hoping to fulfill my John Hughes themed high school career. Or, if you love Gossip Girl as much as I do, you are hoping Chuck Bass will meet you on the roof. Let me tell you, naive adolescents, your high school career is not a sad montage. High school is what you make it. Much like the digestive system, you put in what you get out.

We're going to have an informal talk right now.

1. Don't let a high school relationship impact your relationships.

Don't do it, hunnies. High school relationships are temporary but your high school transcript is forever.

2. Get peppy.

I come from a school with minimal school spirit or pride. It makes it somewhat painful to witness spirit weeks. DRESS UP! GET LOUD! SUPPORT YOUR TEAMS!

3. Push yourself.

I know with the new trend "adulting" many think it's funny and relatable to be lazy and avoid doing work. Do as much as you can to succeed. Ask for help, take fun classes, communicate with your teachers, and do what you need to for success.

4. Don't gossip or get involved in things that don't concern you.

Seriously. High school is what you make of it and no one likes a fucking snake.

5. Please stop crying in the hallways and then tell everyone you're "fine."

Stop it. No one wants to see that and I'm sure it embarrasses you enough. If you need help, there are bathrooms to weep in and guidance counselors that have time.

6. Please, for the love of all that is holy, walk on the right side of the hallways and stairs.

It's not cool to slide down the pole or running down against people. Stay on the right side you ninnies. You will get shoved.


I am trying to get to class and you're in everyone's way. Please go makeout somewhere else.

8. Mind your own business and stay in your lane.

Do you, not what others do.

9. Please stop screaming and throwing food at lunch.


10. Don't cry at dances.

Stop ruining it

11. Bring positivity to whatever you can.

High school isn't meant to be all giggles and smiles, but make the best out of the worst situations. Personally, I make a joke and eventually normalize the issue or embrace it to make a positive outcome. The more positivity you put in, the more you convince yourself that it's gonna be okay.

12. Love the one you are with.

High school is temporary and appreciating the people that support and surround you is a great way to manage.

13. Get involved.

Join student council. Do a sport. Try out for the musical. Play an instrument. Make art. Learn a language. Join clubs. Not only is this great for hobbies, but you get the chance to meet people and broaden your involvements with others.

14. Make the most of it.

High School truly is what you make of it. Stay caught up. Stay uninvolved in drama. Love your friends. Laugh. Love. Put yourself first. Push yourself. Succeed. Fail. Learn from it. Do it again. Love yourself. As for help. Get involved. High school is just the beginning of life. Everything is temporary. Don't waste four years being edgy and uninterested.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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Goodbye School, Hello Real World

I'm ready for ya!


It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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