Tips for Your Senior Year of High School

Tips for Your Senior Year of High School

Some tips for the high school junior before they enter their last year of high school.


Going into this school year, I didn't really know what to expect. Some of last year's graduating seniors said it was the easiest year they have had in high school. Others said they had never felt more stressed in their entire lives. Needless to say, I was confused at the beginning of the year. Honestly, I wish I had known these tips before entering my senior year. Although, I have followed some of them since the beginning of the year, others I had to learn the hard way. Whatever stage in life you are in, just remember there are always ways to grow and learn from your mistakes.

Attend as many school functions as you can

Whether it be cheering on your basketball teams at the area tournament or supporting your choir at districts, go to every event you can. This year alone I have attended far more sporting events and organization events than I have the last three years. Although it makes me super busy, I wanted to enjoy my senior year and end my high school career the right way. The memories I have made so far my senior year will stay with me the rest of my life; I will be able to confidently look back on this chapter of my life and say I ended it with some exciting events with some lovely people.

Continue to (become) involved in different activities

I'm not saying to wait until senior year to become involved in every organization, but maybe join something new. This year, I decided to audition for our school musical and ended up getting a role. The experience so far has been satisfying and been a highlight of my entire high school career. I have always enjoyed theater, but the first three years of high school, I was too scared and insecure to put myself out there. I told myself at the beginning of the year that I needed to start pushing myself because college will do it regardless of how much I don't want to.

Procrastination is a big no-no

I cannot stress this enough, but do NOT procrastinate your senior year in high school. Yes, it is supposed to be a fun year, but it isn't the easiest year of high school by any means. Between scholarship and application deadlines, I was stretched completely the first semester of my senior year. Adding on the work from my AP and Honors classes and all the events and meetings for seniors, to say I was a little stressed would be the understatement of the year. Although the first semester was stressful, I don't think any amount of preparation would have made me ready for the second semester. I am now at less than 60 days until I graduate, and my stress levels are through the roof. By not procrastinating in some areas of my life, my stress has been eased some, but I have obviously fallen behind in other areas.

Don’t forget about your family members

With the craziness of attending events and stress from applications, don't forget to spend time with your family. I will be moving two hours away from home in less than 200 days, and then I won't be able to see my family as often as I am able to now. I have tried to spend as much time with my family as I can before I start the next chapter in my life. You may think, "Oh, I can't wait to be out of the house," because trust me I have. The truth is everyone gets a little homesick when they move away from home, but I think you can help ease some of this feeling by creating happy memories with your family before you leave the nest.

There are several things I wish I had known before entering my senior year of high school, but these are the main four tips I wish I had known. Senior year is an exciting year, and in my experience, a year where I grew more than I thought possible. I figured my mind and views would grow and shape until I left for college but boy, was I wrong.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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The Power Of Journaling

Slowing down in a fast pace world.


In a world where everything is moving so fast pace, I have found comfort in taking small moments to reflect on the blurring images around me. I have always loved to journal, but recently I have found a system that works very well for me.

One habit that I have newly formed is creating a section in my journal that I like to call "Get Out of My Head." Life moves very fast and sometimes my thoughts can't keep up. This causes stress, anxiety, sadness and even the feeling of loneliness. I have created this section in my journal to be a safe place where I can just scribble down whatever is taking over my head, but there is a trick.

Like I stated previously, I have always loved to journal, but I never found ultimate comfort in it because I would go back and read what I wanted to remove from my mind. This was causing me to reexperience what I didn't want to. I highly suggest having a place in your journal that is essentially a flame for all th4e thoughts you want to rid of.

On the contrary, have a section in your journal where you love to look. I try and fill this section with happy thoughts, quotes, verses, and gratitude. This makes journaling and reading your entries something to look forward to, rather than not.

In conclusion, journaling is unique for everyone and it takes some time to figure out exactly the right way. But once you discover the safe place that journaling can be, it can change your life forever.

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