Firstly, I’d like to congratulate the class of 2019 on making it to their senior year of high school! I’ve been in your shoes before and I know how exciting it feels to be wrapping up on four years of “torture.” But I also know what’s coming your way soon. It’s been a couple years since I’ve been in this position, but I still have some tips for you guys. It also helps that my sister is a senior now so I can base these tips on both of our experiences.
A lot goes into making your senior year your best year. You definitely cannot expect it to automatically be a fun-filled magical year. Nothing is ever that easy. Also, remember that I’ve heard some of these same things before and rolled my eyes at them just like you probably will. But now I’m the person saying it because I want others to make better choices than I did my senior year.
Enjoying the School Year
I know everyone and their mother says this, but it’s really important! Not only does it look good on college applications, but it also gives you another way to make friends that share interests with you.
Participate in Spirit Weeks
I can remember spirit weeks seeming really lame sometimes. Nobody ever participated. But think about it… when do you have pajama day at work? Take advantage of it while you get the chance!
Spend More Time with Friends and Family
This one is super important! Odds are that you and your besties will be going in separate directions shortly after graduation and you’ll miss them a lot. So spend as much time with them as you can when given the opportunity. Same goes for your family! I know you’ll miss them when you leave for school, and they’ll definitely miss you!
Go to Sporting Events
For those who don’t participate, cheering your school’s teams on can be a great way to make memories and surround yourself with like-minded people. But please, don’t go if you’re going to mope around and be no fun. Nobody likes a party pooper!
Reach Out to New People
It may not be a bad idea to make new friends your senior year! Sure, you don’t have to be best buds, but new friends never hurt. Broaden your horizons and try talking to people you would otherwise overlook. You can even find a forever friend in them.
I really can’t stress this enough! The memories you make your senior year will carry with you forever. When you think back to high school, you’ll most likely remember your senior year the most. Make it worth remembering! Do something outside your comfort zone! Those are often the best memories!
If you’ve had issues with someone in the past, forgive them. You don’t necessarily have to go up to them and hold a conversation or tell them you’ve forgiven them, but as long as you let go of your bad past, you will be happier. It will feel a lot better when you graduate too. It helps a new chapter in your life begin.
Enjoy Your Final Moments with Your Class
So many people have negative things to say about their class and can’t wait to graduate. Even so, remember that you grew up with these people. Every year you went to class surrounded by these people. You learned life lessons with these people. You may not love them all, but they will all hold a place in your heart.
Whenever I think about high school, I like to look at old pictures to help me think of particular times or places. And I guarantee that you will look back at those pictures when you’re older and absolutely cherish them. If nothing else, they’ll look good for a display at your graduation party!
Deciding on a College
If you’re considering playing a sport in college, look into the team, coaches, and any other important aspects. Make sure you are 100% sold on the program before you pick a school.
Visit the Campus
This one is pretty obvious. I’m sure just about everyone had previously visited the school they ended up choosing. You have to remember that you’ll be surrounded by that atmosphere for years. You’ll want to make sure that you’re comfortable with your surroundings and the lifestyle of those who inhabit the area.
Consider the Location
Is it too close to home? Is it too far from home? Make sure that the distance isn’t a conflict for you. Don’t worry about a long drive if it’s what makes you happy though. At the end of the day, it’s all about what you’re comfortable with.
This one can be iffy. I believe that the only people who leave reviews on their college are the ones who either did very well or very poor, meaning reviews may be biased. Try talking to lots of people who attend(ed) the school to get different perspectives.
Don’t Feel Pressured to Decide on a College/ Major
Don’t feel like you need to know right away where you want to go or what you want to do. It’s going to take time and it can get very stressful. You just have to trust the process. If not, you can end up costing yourself a lot of money and valuable time. If you really aren’t sure by the deadline, take a year off. Get to know yourself more and take that time to really consider all your options. Hell, maybe you’ll even realize that college isn’t for you and that’s ok.
Ask for Help
Sometimes the decision is hard to make on your own. Ask around. You can talk to classmates or friends who have already graduated and gone off to college. Another helpful resource is your guidance counselor. I owe so much to my counselor. He really helped me figure out what I wanted to do with my schooling and kept me calm when I was an emotional wreck over the stress of it all.
Apply for Scholarships Early
This especially applies to those of you who are extremely worried about how you’re going to pay for college. Look online for extra scholarship opportunities. Don’t give up.
Your senior year is going to be full of surprises and probably a few bumps in the road. Keep your head up and be grateful for every second of it. Each good/bad thing that happens shapes you and prepares you for the next step in your life.
Again, congratulations Class of 2019! I hope you all have a wonderful school year!