If you could give a high school senior one meaningful piece of advice before senior year starts, what would it be? Feel free to give an anecdote that connects to your piece of advice.
Don’t over-think it. Don’t have too high of expectations, and that way good things will be that much better and bad things won’t hurt as much. I remember that everything would seem like the biggest deal in high school, and my mom would always say “you won’t even remember this in college” and I’d angrily yell back that I would and it would always be with me, whatever it may be. Truthfully, a lot of it didn’t, except for my 3 best friends, and a few awesome events. Just have fun, and don’t worry about reputations, etc.
@lightuplikefire, find your BFFs and make those relationships the realest they have ever been. The distance of college life, or simply just becoming an “adult,” will test your connections, so stabilizing them now will help you to not lose the people who are closest to you now.
I just graduated senior year this year and i would say the biggest thing would be to focus on life, be happy and enjoy it while it lasts. Don’t get caught up in the many distractions you will face, take it seriously when you need to and lightly when you have to. Surround yourself with good uplifting positive people. Good luck:)
Go around school smiling, with an extremely positive attitude, just being overall satisfied with everything. You don’t realize how much people envy you when you do this. You’ll start getting tons of attention and yes.. female attention. Actually thats not just advice for high school, but its really noticeable there because most people are just negative about going to school and it’ll really show in your character.
If you’re going to college: Ask yourself, “If I could do high school all over again, what would I do different?” Do that in college.
If you’re not going to college: If you had a summer job in retail or food service, make it full time and get very used to it. If you didn’t have a summer job in retail or food service, get one, and get very used to it.
My biggest piece of advice for a senior in high school, is to live in the moment. Be happy, do your thing, and don’t concern yourself with other peoples drama. Senior year is only one year out of an entire life time, and quite honestly over rated. From my experience, a lot of people realize that you don’t have to stay in the same friend groups, you don’t have to be nice to people you don’t like, and you’re most likely not going to see 90% of your grade ever again, so the dynamic really changes in your senior year. Just study enough to get the minimum grade you need from each course, find your real friends, and don’t have high expectations, just have fun, and look at every challenge as a opportunity for growth.
@lightuplikefire, There is sort of a theme going on here… I agree with it though. Your senior year of high school is less of a big deal than some people would have you think. I am about to be a senior in college and high school seems almost irrelevant. I had a Spanish teacher in who actually put this very simply: those people who claim high school was the best time of their life haven’t really been living life. There is so much more out there.
The one piece of advice I do have, however, is submit your college apps early if you plan on applying. Failing to do so will result in tonssss of unnecessary stress.
Just be happy. Any drama that comes your way just ignore it. Do your work but honestly most senior teachers go easy on you because they know you don’t want to be there. Just kick back and chill and enjoy it as much as you can because it’s going to suck waking up early and just being there. The last semester I seriously just walked around like, “I’m too old for this…” Save all your skipping for the end of the semester too.
Know this, high school is a world in and of itself. Beware that this will all change once you are no longer apart of it. I took the college route right after and the biggest thing than I have learned is that your mindset will change as you age and consequently gain perspective. Another big thing that was a problem for me was living for others not myself. By this, I mean in a very fundamental sense my almost all of my actions were done with the eyes and opinions of others in mind. As you grow up this can be the worst mistake you make and lead to decisions that you will ultimately regret in the coming years, Think deeply about what you want to do everyday, what person you want to be, and what mark you hope you want to make on the world. Be no one but yourself, and love that person. (Also make a conscious and deliberate effort to keep in touch with your closest high school friends, even those with the best intentions will become distant and although you’ll make new friends, high school friends have an important place and can easily be lost).