15 Things To Do Before You Graduate High School

15 Things To Do Before You Graduate High School

I loved every part of high school.


As a senior entering college next year, I can say I've talked from experience.

1. Get detention.


What's the point of living on the edge if you don't break the rules a little ;) Personally, I haven't done this yet because there haven't been any reasons for me to get detention.

2. Learn a new language.


It's a part of getting into the real world, how can you consider yourself ready for the world if you only know one language? The entire world doesn't speak any one language.

3. Pull an all-nighter.

If you haven't done this in high school, you haven't been to an actual high school.

4. Take your number one fear...and conquer it.

I hated heights and roller coasters. For a physics trip I had to go on at least two coasters, so I went on the tallest one and the fastest one. R.I.P

5. Sneak out of the house and walk around your neighborhood for a couple hours.


After I got into college, I went out in the middle of the night and went exploring and thinking about my next four years. Just me, myself, and I. It provides you with a sense of perspective, makes you realize that in the night you are insignificant until you actually do something for others.

6. Ask someone out on a date or to the school dance.


Whether you get rejected or not is not the point, going outside your comfort zone to let people know that you have some semblance of feelings for them and acting on it shows courage.

7. Visit your past.


In high school, especially at the end of it, looking back at your earlier stages of life to understand what kind of a person you were and have become lets you know that progress is real and that if you keep working hard, you will always come up in life.

8. Read a book a week for six months.


This was a personal challenge I set for myself. It was light, seven days to read a novel of 200-800 pages? (I definitely pulled an all-nighter for this one).

9. Find an activity and compete.

Dance, debate club, karate. Whatever it is, be the best and keep winning.

10. Get rejected.


Take this in anyway you see fit.

11. Come up with a business plan with a couple friends.


Sophomore year, a couple of friends I came up with a business plan to put a magnetic levitation rail for bikes through my small city and make money off of it. We actually approached our town mayor about the idea — we were legit.

12. Outright fail a test.


My science teacher told me that her niece was older than my test score... #senioritis Credit to anyone who can guess why I used Baljeet for this one.



Prom was a fantastic time, and I loved every minute of it. Had an amazing date, and the dance with all of my friends was even more memorable. Seriously, go to prom.

14. Make high school worth remembering.


To be honest, if you didn't leave high school thinking it was the best part of your life by far- you did everything wrong. I have hated so many things about my high school, so many bad memories as well, but, as a rising senior, there is no other place that could've made me a better human being. So as the bittersweet moment of graduation arrives- Thank You, John. P Stevens High School for the best part of my life.

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The 10 Stages Of A 2:30 P.M. Kickoff, As Told By Alabama Students

But we still say Roll MF Tide!


We all have a love-hate relationship with a 2:30 p.m. kickoff at Bryant Denny Stadium, especially when it's 94 degrees.

1. Immediate sadness


What do you mean I have to wake up at 9 a.m. to get ready?

2. Bracing yourself for the worst


It's a marathon not a sprint ladies and gentleman.

3. Accepting the game is going to happen


Rain or shine we are all in that student section screaming our heads off.

4. Trying to wear the least amount clothes possible without being naked on the Quad


Is it me or does it get 10 times more hot the minute you walk on to the quad?

5. Shedding a tear when you walk out your front door once you feel the heat and humidity on your skin


Is it fall yet?

6. Drowning your sorrows inside a Red Solo cup at 11:30 a.m. at a fraternity tailgate


Maybe I'll forget about the humidity if I start frat hopping now.

7. Getting in line to go through security realizing it'll take an hour to actually get inside Bryant Denny


More security is great and all but remember the heat index in Alabama? Yeah, it's not easy being smushed like sardines before even getting into Bryant Denny.

8. Feeling the sweat roll down every part of your body


Oh yeah I am working on my tan and all but what is the point of showering before kick off?

9. Attempting to cheer on the Tide, but being whacked in the head with a shaker by the girl behind you. 


Shakers are tradition, but do we have to spin it around in a full 360 every two seconds? I have a migraine from just thinking about it.

10. Leaving a quarter into the game because Alabama is kicking ass and you're about to have a heat stroke.


I'll watch the rest in air conditioning thank you very much!

We may not love the 2:30 kickoffs but Roll Tide!

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I Made Emma Chamberlain's Mediocre Vegan Cookies, And They're Pretty Incredible

Emma and her vegan cookies have made their way into my heart, and are here to stay.


One day, I went down the black hole that is 'YouTube at 3 am' and discovered my favorite social media influencer of all time: Emma Chamberlain. I started binge watching her videos every night for about a week, where I came across her "Cooking With Emma" series. I decided that I wanted to give her vegan antics a go for myself.

I've never cooked or baked anything with the intention of it being vegan, so not only is that new territory for me, but I've never even eaten a vegan cookie. The only reason I'm doing this is because Emma did, and she is aesthetic goals.

To start the journey of vegan baking, I took to Pinterest, just like Emma, and found this recipe to use. Although the video that inspired all of this used a gluten free recipe, I opted for only vegan, because I'm allergic to most of the ingredients that make things gluten-free.

In true Emma style, I used a whisk to combine the wet ingredients together, making sure to use her special technique.

Then, I did the same thing with the dry ingredients.

After that, I dumped everything together and combined all of the ingredients.

Once they were combined, I chopped up a vegan chocolate bar, because Emma and I like chocolate chunk cookies, not chocolate chip, there's a difference.

Now that everything is combined, I made balls of dough and stuck it on a pan, and baked them while I binged more Emma, because what else would I be doing in my spare time?

The recipe said to make the balls a lot smaller, but we aren't perfect, so I made them gigantic. In my head, I thought the worst thing that could happen was it turn into one big cookie, but that's a whole other video you need to watch.

I took them out of the oven, and they were brown on the top, but still a little doughy. At this point I was tired of waiting and eager to eat them, so I disappointingly set them aside to cool, which only lasted a minute or so before I snagged one up to try.

The taste was definitely one I've never associated with cookies, and came to the conclusion that if I decided to go vegan, it would be doable with these cookies and Emma Chamberlain by my side.

Emma inspired me to get out of my comfort zone, which is a reoccurring theme throughout her channel, and I'm happy to be apart of it. She taught me that even if mediocre cookies is all you have, eat them with pride because you made them yourself.

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