15 Things to Know Before Starting Senior Year

15 Things to Know Before Starting Senior Year

Go and live up the last year!

Summer is finally here and that means senior year is slowly approaching for many. This year will be a year full of laughter, tears, and tons of memories. Here’s a few things I wish I knew before my senior year!

1. Don’t wish it away

Senior year goes by in a flash. DO NOT count down the days till graduation. Live in the moment. Enjoy your senior year one day at a time. It will be over before you know it.

2. Buy a yearbook

You’re going to make tons of memories this year! A lot of those memories are going to be documented in your yearbook. GET ONE. You are going to want to reminisce about your senior year in the future.

3. Start applying for college

It is never too early to apply for college. there is no limit on how many colleges you can apply to. As teenagers, we like to procrastinate, but DO NOT wait until the last minute to find your perfect college.

4. Go to school events

I promise you will regret not going to football games, homecoming, basketball games, winter formal, baseball games, prom, etc. This is YOUR year. You’re the top dog. Go make memories that will last a lifetime.

5. Hang out with your friends as much as possible

Once college starts, friendships with your high school friends get difficult. Spend senior year with your besties! These memories will last a lifetime too!

6. Spend time with your family

Especially if you're going off to college, soak up all the time you have with your family. Soak up all the love, rules, and nagging the is right under your nose. Believe it or not, you are going to miss it.

7. YOU time is necessary

Don't get so caught up in the process that you forget to focus on yourself. Open a book, watch your favorite Netflix show, treat yourself to coffee!

8. Go on adventures

M E M O R I E S. fill your senior year with unforgettable memories. This is your last chance. After this year, you’re done. Live it up while you can.

9. Get out of your comfort zone

Ask that person out, go to that party, make friends with the person you never thought you’d be friends with. Don’t be scared of rejection!

10. Senioritis is okay

It is 100% okay to be excited to be a senior! This year will be one of the best! It’s okay to want to be done, just don’t let your excitement get in the way of fully experiencing senior year!

11. Seek wisdom from those around you

Even though you’re the big dog in the school, don’t ever stop seeking wisdom from your teachers, your classmates, even underclassmen. You’re gonna learn so many things this year, soak it all up before you leave for college.

12. Don't hold grudges

People are always going to hurt you, but learn to forgive. Holding grudges will only hurt you in the future! Make sure you end your high school days with no regrets.

13. Save money!

Senior year comes along with many expenses! It is always good to go out with your friends and have fun, but a night in watching movies is just as fun! Save your money senior year because college only gets more expensive.

14. Be you

Open up and be yourself this year. Show people the real you! Do not be scared to be yourself. People are going to love you!!

15. Graduating doesn’t sink in till it’s over

Graduating high school is such a big accomplishment. Something we all have looked forward to since we were five, but the feeling of actually being a high school graduate doesn’t register until the day is long gone. Before you know it, you’re going to be moving into your dorm room.

As you start your senior year, keep these things in mind. Go and live it up this last year and make it the best!

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.


To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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