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 β€” 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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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

I will always love you, Akon.

Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parents' house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your seventh grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

1. "Bad Day" β€” Daniel Powter

2. "Hips Don't Lie" β€” Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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3. "Unwritten" β€” Natasha Bedingfield

4. "Run It!" β€” Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" β€” Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" β€” All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" β€” Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" β€” Cascada

9. "Ms. New Booty" β€” Bubba Sparxxx

10. "Chain Hang Low" β€” Jibbs

11. "Smack That" β€” Akon ft. Eminem

12. "Waiting on the World to Change" β€” John Mayer

13. "Stupid Girls" β€” Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" β€” Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" β€” Rihanna ft. Jay-Z

16. "Don't Matter" β€” Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" β€” Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" β€” Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" β€” Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" β€” T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" β€” Huey

22. "Wait For You" β€” Elliot Yamin

23. "Lips Of An Angel" β€” Hinder

24. "Face Down" β€” Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

25. "Chasing Cars" β€” Snow Patrol

26. "No One" β€” Alicia Keys

27. "Cyclone" β€” Baby Bash ft. T-Pain

28. "Crank That" β€” Soulja Boy

29. "Kiss Kiss" β€” Chris Brown

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30. "Lip Gloss" β€” Lil' Mama

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My AP Environmental Science Class' Cookie Mining Experiment Shows Why Capitalism Is Destroying The Planet

Who cares about the environment with profits this high?


With the AP exams in May approaching quickly, my AP Environmental Science class has wasted no time in jumping right into labs. To demonstrate the damage to the environment done by strip mining, we were instructed to remove the chocolate chips from cookies.

The experiment in itself was rather simple. We profited from fully or partially extracted chips ($8 for a full piece and $4 for a partial) and lost from buying tools, using time and area and incurring fines.

This might seem simplistic, but it showcased the nature of disastrous fossil fuel companies.

We were fined a $1 per minute we spent mining. It cost $4 per tool we bought (either tweezers or paper clips) and 50 cents for every square centimeter of cookie we mined.

Despite the seemingly overbearing charges compared to the sole way to profit, it was actually really easy to profit.

If we found even a partial chocolate chip per minute, that's $3 profit or utilization elsewhere. Tools were an investment that could be made up each with a partial chip, and clearly we were able to find much, much more than just one partial chip per tool.

Perhaps the most disproportionally easiest thing to get around were the fines. We were liable to be fined for habitat destruction, dangerous mining conditions with faulty tools, clutter, mess and noise level. No one in the class got fined for noise level nor faulty tools, but we got hit with habitat destruction and clutter, both of which added up to a mere $6.

We managed to avoid higher fines by deceiving our teacher by pushing together the broken cookie landscapes and swiping away the majority of our mess before being examined for fining purposes. This was amidst all of our cookies being broken into at least three portions.

After finding many, many chips, despite the costs of mining, we profited over $100. We earned a Franklin for destroying our sugary environment.

We weren't even the worst group.

It was kind of funny the situations other groups simulated to their cookies. We were meant to represent strip mining, but one group decided to represent mountaintop removal. Mountaintop removal is where companies go to extract resources from the tops of mountains via explosions to literally blow the tops off. This group did this by literally pulverizing their cookies to bits and pieces with their fists.

They incurred the maximum fine of $45. They didn't profit $100, however.

They profited over $500 dollars.

In the context of our environmental science class, these situations were anywhere from funny to satisfying. In the context of the real world, however, the consequences are devastating our environment.

Without even mentioning the current trajectory we're on approaching a near irreversible global temperature increase even if we took drastic measures this moment, mining and fracking is literally destroying ecosystems.

We think of earthquakes as creating mass amounts of sudden movement and unholy deep trenches as they fracture our crust. With dangerous mining habits, we do this ourselves.

Bigger companies not even related to mining end up destroying the planet and even hundreds of thousands of lives. ExxonMobil, BP? Still thriving in business after serial oil spills over the course of their operation. Purdue Pharma, the company who has misled the medical community for decades about the effects of OxyContin and its potential for abuse, is still running and ruining multitudes more lives every single day.

Did these companies receive fines? Yes.

But their business model is too profitable to make the fines have just about any effect upon their operation.

In our cookie mining simulation, we found that completely obliterating the landscape was much more profitable than being careful and walking on eggshells around the laws. Large, too-big-to-fail companies have held the future of our planet in their greedy paws and have likewise pulverized our environment, soon enough to be unable to return from.

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