An Open Letter To A Rising High School Senior

An Open Letter To A Rising High School Senior

Going into senior year, there's a lot to take on. Here is just a little advice as you start out the last year of high school.
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Dear Senior,

Time sure does fly by, doesn't it? It's already your senior year, and I'm sure there are a ton of mixed emotions to describe how you feel about it. You're nervous because you know that this year will be full of goodbyes, last chances, and new beginnings. However, you're also excited for what is yet to come. Senior year is a time where new opportunities will come your way, new expectations will be asked of you, and realizations about your future will take place. Get ready.

Looking back on high school, my senior year to be exact, I can tell you something I lived by that I don't regret one bit: make the best of it all. Go to every football game, every basketball game, every PTA event, join every service club that interests you, try out for every team, and be friends with everyone. It really is the last time you will be able to do most of it.

I know that it may not feel like your last year yet, but come second semester, everything will start to hit you. Everyone you come across will ask you where you're going to college, or what your plans are after you graduate. Everyone will be talking about the ceremony. The best feeling of them all is putting on that cap and gown the day of graduation and letting it all sink it. However, it's all going to come way too soon.

Don't worry about what everyone else will think of you. Do not miss out on anything you could possibly regret. Wake up every morning for school just counting down the days to a new beginning. Make every 'A' possible, because they will count for something. Go to every club meeting. Build a relationship with every teacher, coach, counselor, principal -- it will make a difference. Wake up every day at six in the morning like it is your last day of high school. Pull an all-nighter just to ace a test the next day. Do every single thing possible to make yourself proud on graduation day.

Some people say that high school is the best four years of your life, and I'm starting to believe they're right. High school will be full of ups and downs for everyone, but as I look back on the past four years, I only look back on the 'ups.' I've learned who my true friends are. I've learned lessons. I have discovered the popular hangout places, the best coffee shops, and tips and ideas that will last through college and the rest of my life. High school is what set me up for my future. I took classes that helped me to decide what I want to do with my life as well as meeting people that will help me to achieve these goals. It was a never-ending four years of accomplishments.

Coming from a recent high school graduate, take my advice and live every day like it is your last day in that place. Do not look back and do not miss any opportunity. If there is any doubt about it, take it. You'll thank me later.

Sincerely,

A 2016 graduate.

Cover Image Credit: Katie Mathewson

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1. "Can I wear your shirt out tonight?"

2. "Does my hair look greasy?"

3. "We should probably clean tomorrow..."

4. "What should I caption this??"

5. "Is it bad if I text ____ first??"

6. "Should we order pizza?"

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10. "McDonalds? McDonalds."

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14. "I think I'm broke."

15. "What do I respond to this?"

16. "Let's have a movie night."

17. "Why are we so weird?"

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19. "That guy is so stupid."

20. "Do I look fat in this?"

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34. "Sometimes I feel like our room is a frat house..."

35. "Guys I swear I don't like him anymore."

36."Can I borrow a pencil?"

37. "I need to get my life together...."

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39. "Let's walk to class together."

40. "Are we really pulling an all-nighter tonight?"

41. "Who's taking out the trash?"

42. "What happened last night?"

43. "Can you help me do my hair?"

44. "What should I wear tonight?"

45. "You're not allowed to talk to him tonight."

46. "OMG, my phone is at 1 percent."

47. "Should we skip class?"

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This semester has been a trying one to say the least, but I am so thankful that it was my least trying semester out of the eight other semesters I have gone through. I have lost friendships, met so many new people, I have strengthened bonds, grown closer to my faith, I have learned a lot about myself and grown from it, and I have figured out what direction I am going in as a student and professional (finally). I am not saying it has been an easy semester; mostly mentally, I have struggled more than anything.

One of the things I have struggled with for a long time, especially this semester, was what direction I was going in professionally. It started with finding out that I was graduating a year sooner than anticipated, which then lead to a frenzy of emotions circling around the question "What am I going to do?!" as most students start feeling as they reach this point in the semester of their final year as an undergraduate. So I obsessed over this question and then obsessed some more until I figured it out. I have this feeling I get when I know something isn't right or thoroughly thought out to the point of knowing all of my options. It doesn't sound like it's that bad of a thing to have going on in your head, but let me tell you, it ruins lives- particularly mine and then sometimes my parents' because as soon as I call or text them saying "So, you wanna know what I figured out today?", I can instantly hear that eye roll (and yes, I said hear). But I finally figured it out, at least the direction.

Aside from the mental and emotional struggle I have put myself through personally, I can honestly say that I have had a great semester. I have so many memories from football games, nights out, nights in, best moments spent with my dog (almost all photographically documented), interactions with wonderful professors and classmates- I don't take a single moment of it all for granted. I do a lot of things by myself the majority of the time and even then I try to stay out of my phone when I walk around campus or go to events because I want to embrace the moment and remember the feeling of it all because it is all that I have.

I decided when I was 15 years old that I wanted to make it to my dream school someway, somehow. So here I am, finishing my second semester and first half of my senior year at the University of Mississippi. I will get to be in The Ole Miss class of 2019, I ordered my senior portraits where I was able to wear the cap and gown with the Lyceum emblem, and I have so much to look forward to in the remaining time of my undergraduate career. I truly couldn't be more thankful for my time here.

So to high schoolers, lower classmen college students, and seniors- I hope we all never forget to cherish the moments we have and not let them just be something that happens to us. But instead, I hope we all happen to the moment. Give yourself a way to remember the little things, because we only move up from this point.

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