In some ways, it feels like my high school graduation was just yesterday, but at the same time it also feels like that was a whole lifetime ago! Ahead, I’m sharing some tips on enjoying the last bit of your senior year of high school and some reassurance on looking ahead into the future.
1. Don’t Freak Out About the Future
This is obviously easier said than done, and something we all do, but this is an exciting time in your life! Don’t waste it worrying. Maybe you haven’t figured out a college major yet, or you didn’t get into the college of your dreams. That’s okay! You have at least a couple years to figure out a major, and you can always take a year at a community college while applying to your dream school again. I’ve always been someone who doesn’t like to freak out about things until I absolutely have to, and this might not be the best attitude to have or is instinctive for everyone, but I think it can allow us to enjoy life’s moments even more. Why spend the good times stressed about things we don’t need to worry about quite yet?
2. Don’t Stress About Prom
I don’t want to sound like a Debbie Downer, but I really don’t think prom is all is cracked up to be. Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVED picking out a dress and getting ready, but that was about it, hahaha! My expectations for my high school prom certainly weren’t met, and I think that’s how it is for a lot of girls. I guess what I’m trying to say is, don’t be disappointed if you don’t have a date or if it’s not the best night of your life, but still make the most of it and enjoy feeling glam and having fun with your friends!
3. Take Lots of Pictures!
You’re going to want to remember these moments, so take as many pictures throughout these last couple months as you can to look back on. I look back on certain times in my life and wish that I had taken out my camera, so I encourage you to!
4. Keep an Open Mind
You may anticipate that you’ll hate college and you might actually love it, or vice versa. Realize that college won’t be like high school in some ways, and may be shockingly similar in others. Whatever your situation may be, just try your hardest to embrace the new experiences that life will throw you.
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5. Don’t Be Surprised If Your Emotions Are All Wacky
I can honestly say that the months between my high school graduation and start of college were the most emotional ones of my life. Some of you may be saying, “Good riddance!” to high school and energized to get on with the next few years of your life. Others may be like me, who had a really hard time leaving high school and an even harder time in college. There’s nothing wrong with that! We all process certain milestones in our lives differently, and that’s what makes us unique.
6. Be Proud of Your Accomplishments
Don’t beat yourself up because you didn’t get the highest score on your SAT or you didn’t get chosen to speak at graduation or you weren’t voted as prom queen. Getting your diploma is something that you have earned and deserve. Don’t compare yourself to the person next to you, and walk across that stage with confidence into the next chapter of your life and always remember to carry that confidence with you wherever you go.