10 Vital Points of Wisdom For High School Seniors

10 Vital Points of Wisdom For High School Seniors

If you heed any advice, heed this.

It’s really quite funny: how clearly I can still remember it all. I suppose it has only really been eight months, but high school feels like a lifetime ago. I am sure that any college freshman can second this.

However, I can still picture my locker, covered in brightly colored wrapping paper and funny photos my friends printed out for my last birthday. I can still recall the long winding hallways, the small classrooms that I felt right at home in, and the obnoxiously long lunch table my friends and I sat at every day, hidden away in the far left-hand corner of the cafeteria. I remember the fifteen girls I called my best friends, the girls whose laughs and smiles got me through every day in that school. And I’d give anything to go back to one of those days right now.

I love college. I love my friends here, my dorm, my classes… but that doesn’t mean I don’t still find myself missing high school at times. That doesn’t mean I don’t lay awake late at night every now and again, scrolling through old photographs and thinking: Wow. I miss it. I really, really miss it.

So, here’s my advice to the high school senior population. Here’s the advice I wish I was told, and I wish I had listened to.

1. Enjoy the present

I know you’re stressed out. I know you’re overwhelmed by school and grades, and by college applications, SATs, and ACTs. If you’re anything like me, you have every college decision date marked on your calendar, and that ominous May 1st ultimate decision date circled in bright red ink. I know you’re focused on figuring out your future right now, but do yourself a favor and be sure to enjoy the present as well. You’re going to get into college. You’re going to make the most amazing new friends and have the time of your life. But for now, make the most of the time you have left. Make the most of high school.

2. Take pictures. Take lots and lots of pictures.

I don’t care what anyone says. I don’t care if you feel like you’re being annoying, or how often you do or don’t post on Instagram. Take pictures. This is your last chance to document your high school experience, so do it.

3. Spend as much time as you can with your friends

Don’t take them for granted. I know you see them every day and probably don’t even think twice about it, but you should. Pretty soon, all you’re going to have is texts, video chats, and occasional visits home. So whether you’re going out, partying, or just hanging out and watching Netflix, make time for your friends. It will happen, but it’s going to take some time until you have another group of friends as good as these.

4. Tell your parents how much you love them

We all fight with our parents, and we all get angry with them sometimes. But please make an effort to tell them how much they mean to you. Pretty soon you’ll be counting down the months until you can hug your mom again, and share a genuine laugh with your dad.

5. Play with your pets

You’ll miss them more than you can even comprehend right now. Make it a habit to run around with your dogs outside, or to spend some quality time with your cats. When I went away to college, I bought myself a stuffed animal golden retriever within the first month of school because all I wanted was to hug my dogs.

6. Try on your AP exams

Remember when I said not to stress too much about the future? That still applies. But if you can do well on your AP exams, then aim to do well. You have no idea how much those few extra credits can help you out in college.

7. Have a lot of fun and be a little crazy

Go wild. Do the things you always wanted to do, and don’t think twice. Go to that music festival you have always wanted to attend. Talk to the boy who never seemed to notice you. Dare to try something new, and remember that you may be going away to college, but there’s no rush to grow up.

8. Attend as many events as you can

Go to prom. Go to formal. Go to whatever dances, events, and festivals your school and your town have to offer. Make the most of them. Make memories.

9. Go away for a memorable seniors Spring Break

I will never forget my senior Spring Break. My friends and I went to Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, and I can honestly say we all had the time of our lives. Nothing beats being away in another country, on a crazy adventure with your best friends.

10. Enjoy graduation

I promise you, everything is going to work out. So smile. You only graduate once, so remember to grin every time the camera's on you. Feel free to gloat a little. You made it!

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22 Post Malone ‘beerbongs & bentleys’ Lyrics College Kids Will Use As Insta Captions This Summer

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If you didn't know, I am really not sure how you wouldn't know, but it's fine, Post Malone's new album FINALLY came out! Posty has time and time again proven that he's a trailblazer in the music industry. His genre is a mix of everything, from rap to acoustic guitar, and he sounds like he's at home in both settings.

Here it is, a list of Post Malone lyrics you'll use or see as Instagram captions. I can already feel it, this summer is Posty's summer –– a summer for "beerbongs & bentleys."

1. "Spoil My Night" - "Won't you come spoil my night?"

2. "Spoil My Night" - "Feelings come into play and I'm thinkin' this happens every time"

3. "Spoil My Night" - "Yeah, when I walk up in a party, they all act like they know me"

4. "Zack and Codeine" - "Been livin' fast, no I can't take it slowly"

5. "Zack and Codeine" - "But it don't mean nothing without all my people"

6. "Zack and Codeine" - "Pour that drink 'cause we ain't sleepin' tonight"

7. "Takin Shots" - "Heard that there's a party, I might pay a visit"

8. "Takin Shots" - "Baby, just for the night, you my soulmate"

9. "Over Now" - "I'ma turn the tables, promise you will not forget it"

10. "Stay" - "Damn, who are we right now?"

11. "Blame It On Me" - "These hurricanes inside of my brain"

12. "Same Bitches" - "Bottles on deck, and my drink full"

13. "Same Bitches" - "Population four million, how I see the same bitches?"

14. "Jonestown" - "It happens every time"

15. "92 Explorer" - "She in the front seat head bangin'"

16. "Sugar Wraith" - "And then I went and changed my life"

17. "Sugar Wraith" - "I take the lead, they just follow"

18. "Rockstar" - "Sayin, 'I'm with the band'"

19. "Rockstar" - "Livin’ like a Rockstar, I’m livin’ like a Rockstar"

20. "Rockstar" - "Sweeter than a Pop-Tart”

21. "Psycho" - "Can’t really trust nobody with all this jewelry on you"

22. "Psycho" - "I got homies, let it go"

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What Harry Potter Means To Me

A special thank you to the Boy Who Lived.

Growing up, my sister was my role model; whether it be buying all the expansion packs for Sims 3, cutting my hair for side bangs, or playing with Barbies, I followed every trend that she did in an attempt to be just like her.

When she was seven, my sister moved to Youghal, a small town in County Cork in Ireland. I was too young to really remember her moving, but as I grew up, watching my sister, my best friend, leave my side without knowing when I would see her again became the most heartbreaking experience I could have imagined.

We used to play school together when we were young- she taught me how to read and write the whole alphabet in cursive and in print by the time I was five years old, and it was during this time that she instilled my passion for reading. From the time I could spell "c-a-t", she had thrust a book in my small hands- books that were much too advanced for a normal five year old, but I read them with such an avarice that I continued to find books far above my level.

When I was six years old, she bestowed upon me one that would forever change my life and how I viewed the world; it was her worn-out copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, a novel by J.K. Rowling. When I first read the preview on the back cover, I found the plot somewhat boring- what is so significant about a young boy with a scar in the shape of lightning on his head? Not wanting to disappoint my sister, I decided to give it a try and was absolutely enraptured by the end of the first chapter. I fell in love with the eleven-year-old boy from 4 Privet Drive, Surrey, England.

The world of Harry Potter opened my eyes up to an entire new land, one full of magical creatures and friendships that would last a lifetime. We would stay up late discussing Harry Potter theories, debating back and forth on whether Snape was truly a hero or a villain, the logistics of Dumbledore and Harry’s relationship, and on whether Romione or Harmony should have prevailed.

Due to unfortunate circumstances, I did not see my sister for three whole years- from the ages of 12 until 15, the only time we made contact was through a screen, and this was a privileged rarity. During this time, I stopped paying attention to the Boy Who Lived. I was going through a series of rough patches, and just starting high school; it seemed silly to live in a fantasy world of my childhood, especially without my sister there to share it with me.

In the winter of 2014, I was given a chance to finally reconnect with the distant sister that I had missed so dearly; she came home for a week which, coincidentally, happened to be an ABC marathon of the Harry Potter movies.

I remember the sheer excitement in my sister’s expression as she snatched the remote off the table, muttering about Harry Potter as she found the channel for ABC like she had it committed to memory.

Apprehensively, I sat on the couch next to her to watch the movie (ironically, it was the last one). I didn’t remember all that much about the series, but I was so beyond desperate to once again connect with my long-lost sister, that I figured I would at least pretend to know what was happening.

It all came rushing back to me at the first shot of green light from Harry’s wand; it felt as though we were seven and twelve years old again, discussing in detail the plots twists and turns. She howled when Fred died with his last laugh still etched into his face, and I had to control myself from bursting into tears at the sight of Lupin and Tonks holding hands on their separate stretchers. Before I knew it, it was as though we were children again, completely entranced by a world that all started in the mind of a brilliant author.

Soon after, we passed on our tradition to our younger siblings; within a year, they all had read the series with our same voracity. Since then, I have made it my mission to keep my love for the series alive; my sister comes home more often for visits, and we have even taken the trip to Harry Potter World in Universal Studios together. I now own Harry Potter themed blankets, pillows, socks, and even makeup brushes- all of my siblings, in fact, have matching Harry Potter shirts!

Harry Potter has become a stronghold for not only my relationship with my sister, but a tradition amongst the entire family; no matter how far apart we are physically, we are bonded by our love for the Boy Who Lived.

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