You’ve made it! You’re finally at the end of your time in high school, and have reached what may be the most glamorous and possibly craziest year of your life so far.
Senior year is hectic, bittersweet, and totally exciting. However, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed at times, so my friends and I have put together a list of advice we wish we knew before we were high school seniors.
- Go to all the school events.
Even if you’re not a super social person or think these events are totally lame, go to them. Senior year is your last chance to go to school events with your classmates and friends, because in a year from now, who knows where you’ll all be? Since you’re doing everything for the last time: Homecoming Dance, your school’s football games, Prom, etc, don’t let your nerves or idea of what’s “cool” stop you from going all out.
- Learn to save your money.
Everyone knows senior year is totally expensive. All the fees for senior portraits, class trips and apparel, your cap and gown, and college applications will eventually all add up. Make sure to be smart with your spending this year, so you don’t have to skip out on any class events or trips.
- Talk to those people you’ve never talked to before.
Most graduates can agree, that you meet the best people your senior year of high school. You’ll meet people this year and think “Why weren’t we friends earlier?”. Allow yourself to have conversations with people in your class, who aren’t already your friend. You’ll be surprised by how many interesting people you’ll bond with this year! And if you clash with them, at least you’ll never have to see each other again after graduation!
- Get involved and have school spirit!
Dress up and go all out for every single day of Spirit Week, even if you look or feel dumb doing so. Join your school’s leadership and help make positive changes! Shout your class’ chant as loud at you can at all the rallies. You’ll miss the craziness and weirdness of your high school once you graduate. Now is your last chance to leave a mark or make a difference.
- Learn to be independent, motivate yourself, and keep yourself on track.
Next year, you’ll be out of high school and thrown head first into the “real world”. Use your senior year to prep yourself for when you have to start “adulting”. If you haven’t already, learn how to keep track of your own schedule, assignments and deadlines, without being reminded by friends, parents, or teachers.
- Senioritis is SO real. Please don’t fall for it.
This is true, especially during second semester after college acceptance letters come out. Just because you’re leaving soon and don’t really need to impress colleges anymore, doesn’t mean it’s okay to slack off. I’m not saying you still have to push yourself for that perfect 4.0, but please at least maintain a C or higher in all your classes so you don’t get your admission revoked!
- Trust yourself.
This applies to the college application process, choosing your major, choosing your post high school plans, friendships and relationships, etc. You are in charge of your future. It’s easy to get sucked into the idea that you have to go to a certain college, or pursue a certain major. But it’s your life and you know yourself better than anyone. You know what your strengths and weaknesses are, and what you do and don’t want to be doing in a year from now. Don’t lose yourself trying to impress others or following what they tell you to do. And if you’re feeling indecisive, don’t be so hard on yourself. Remember the future is still unpredictable and cannot be perfectly planned out, you just have to trust your gut, and know that whatever happens was meant to happen.
- Thank your teachers.
Thank the teachers who helped you survive these 4 years and motivated you to do your very best!
- Watch High School Musical 3 the night before you graduate.
You don’t have to, but you should. As a senior, it’s one of the most relatable movies you could watch. You’ll thank me later when you’re smiling and crying as they sing the graduation version of We’re All In This Together.
- This year will go by extremely fast, cherish it as much as you can!
You’ll be walking down the stage in your cap and gown before you know it. Enjoy your senior year as much as you can, because in a year from now all of this familiarity will be gone and you’ll be starting all over again. People may grow distant and everyone will be following their own paths. But for now, you’re all in one place, together. Spend time with your friends and family, and take advantage of all of the amazing perks of being a senior! You’ve got this.