My Advice to You - Nina

By Nina Youkhanis on September 13, 2013
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As senior year comes to an end, there are so many things to look forward to: graduation, prom, and, of course, college. Words, alone, cannot express the anticipation and excitement I have to finally decorate my dorm room and live on a college campus.

But looking ahead to what I know will be some of the best days of my life, I cannot help but look back. There are so many things I wish I would have known about senior year and college before this transition period began.

Some suggestions

First, always be true to yourself no matter what. People always say there is no way that you will make everyone happy all the time, and it’s absolutely true.

Sure you might step on some toes and you may come across some people that you may not get along with, but you shouldn’t dwell on it. Focus instead on your true friends, the ones that you know will be there for you when you call at 4 a.m. to vent, or the ones that suggest working out some stress at the gym instead of taking another bite of that cheesecake. These are the friends you can count on; don’t ever lose sight of them.

Some people think that by senior year you have your group of friends picked out and there is no room for any “newbies;” this is just silly. I can say from personal experience that this year I have branched out of my comfort zone of friends, and it was one of the best choices I ever made.

Make the most of your time as a senior. It’s your senior year, and no matter how “lame” you think the school dance may be, attend it. You will be shocked at how much fun it actually is.

One of the worst feelings is looking back on your senior year and thinking to yourself, “I should have done this,” or “Why didn’t I try to do that?” Do you want to make a difference in your school? Start a club, or gather donations for a local food pantry or shelter.

Whoever said they could sail through senior year must have been attempting a joke. Trust me, senior year does not constitute slacking off; do not let yourself catch a case of senioritis.

Focus on what is best for you

It’s okay to be selfish every once in awhile, especially when it comes to college. Don’t think about where your parents want you to go, where your boyfriend is going, or even dorming with your best friend. Think about what you want, because that is the only thing that matters.

The most essential piece of advice I wish I would have known sooner, visit colleges! This is the next four years of your life, do you really want to end up somewhere you assumed was awesome and then realize you hate it halfway through the semester?

The best thing you can do is visit as many colleges as you can and don’t be shy to ask questions. So take those days off of work, take a break from volunteering and visit those colleges. And no, you do not have to be a senior to start visiting colleges; in fact, the sooner you start the easier your senior year will be.

Senior year is not a piece of cake, but if you take it day by day and make the most of your last days of high school, it will be a time that you will always treasure.

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Nina Youkhanis

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