With our senior year coming to a close, there is so much advice I can think to give to incoming seniors; so many things to avoid, to watch out for, and to make sure they get done.
But when I asked my friends, “What would you have done differently?” they all smiled and surprisingly said, “Nothing.” While they all had things they wish they would have known, or things they thought were right but ended up being wrong, they learned that this past year was a pre-req for life; the best preparation is to just live it.
So, the best advice I can give to anyone getting ready to set off on their last year of high school is hold on tight because it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
Kids think the last year of high school is going to be an easy shot straight through graduation. Well here’s a little reality check, it’s anything but that.
With due dates, colleges, fees, and your seemingly smothering parents, this year will be just as scary and stressful as your first year in middle school. The obvious things to tell incoming seniors is to watch out for those closing deadlines, keep an eye out for opportunities, and make sure you get everything done!The in-between
But I’m not going to say that. Yes, all of those things are extremely important and can be detrimental to any senior who doesn’t get those done, but there are things seniors forget amidst the flying applications and cap and gown orders.
When you become a senior you really start to feel grown up; you’ve got the car, the job, the age...all that’s missing is your own place and you’ll be a regular adult. The hard part is, inside you still feel small enough to occasionally cuddle up with your mom and ask her to make you a bowl of ice cream. You really are in the in-between.
While you’re trying to make it out there on your own, don’t forget the people who have been there with you the whole time: your family. It may sound a bit cheesy, but take it from a senior herself, your family is what brought you to this milestone and they want to be there for you every step of the way.
So it may seem that your mom won’t get off your back or your little brother is only there to annoy and mimic your every move, but keep in mind that, in the back of their heads, they only have a few months left with you.
Others can only give you great advice, and the rest is up to you. Enjoy life, ride out the rough waves and be sure to lean with every curve ball. It’s true, nothing is certain.
Be sure to hold on to what you have while you still have it, and make sure you get everything done! Those senior dues are not going to pay themselves, you know.