Things I wish I had known before Senior Year


School is about to start and many of you are going to be seniors this year! That’s so exciting! I was a senior last year, guys, so I know that feeling. Probably many of you don’t want it to start and many of you can’t wait because Senior Year is so thrilling. It is finally the Last Year of High School and many exciting things are going to happen, like Prom or Graduation. But it is going to be a stressful year as well, with college applications, ACT or SAT, and more… (You should read my post “How to make your Senior Year less overwhelming“. ) There are a couple things I wish somebody had told me before Senior Year.

Grades do matter

They matter (and a  LOT), so don’t wait until the last minute to write that essay, to start studying for exams, to do your homework. Grades matter, especially on your senior year, because every single college you apply to is going to be looking at them. If you’re planning to apply for a scholarship, grades are important as well. This is the year to study harder. Studying harder this year will also prepare you for next year when you head off to college.

Be yourself

I know this kinda sounds cliche but it is the best thing you can do. This is your last year of High School, try to make it as memorable as possible. And the best way to do that is to just be yourself. Be you, dress like you want to, do what you like, say what you really think. Don’t do some things just to fit in or to impress those around you. If you’ve always kept to yourself, this is the year to go crazy. Show sides of you, you’ve never shown. It can be fun. Do things you’ve never thought you would (with precaution and don’t get too too wild)

Talk with your teachers

Get life advice from your teachers, talk with them, ask them things, get them to write a recommendation letter, exchange emails. They can be really helpful, they have another perspective of life, they’ve already been through everything.

Choose the school YOU want

Don’t choose a school just because your parents want you to because your Grandad and gran-grandad went there. Or because all your friends, girlfriend or boyfriend are going to that school. Choose the one you want to, it is your life, it is your choice. I don’t mean you should drift apart of your friends, but let’s face it. Sooner or later people change, college changes everyone and things in college are not going to be the same as in High School. You’re going to make friends in college as well, you’re going to meet new people. The point of college is going away and discovering yourself.

It is okay if you don’t know what you want

I was so frustrated my last year of High School because everyone seemed to have their life figured out and I didn’t. Even though I took several vocational tests, I still couldn’t choose a major and felt like I wasn’t good at anything. But don’t be like me and don’t worry if you haven’t figured your life out yet (if you do, I admire you so much). Most people end up changing their majors, many of them change it even twice or more. So, don’t worry, it is okay not to know.

Enjoy every single minute of it

Even if this school year gets stressful and overwhelming, you should enjoy it as much as you can. Make a Bucket-List of all the things you want to do this year and try your best to do them! Spend time with your friends. Don’t say no if they want to go to a party with you. You never know what could happen that night, it could be one of your best (or worsts) nights. Even if it ends up being a bad night, it will still be a memory you can look back to and just laugh at it. You should spend a lot of time with your family as well, they won’t be physically there for you when you go to college.

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  • Brit

    High school is so different now from when I graduated but in some ways it never changes. You are lucky that you have one last year to make the best of it that you can, I am sure you are going to have a blast! But remember college is when the real fun starts 🙂

    • sofiasolisb

      I graduated last year and I’m about to start college, can’t wait!

  • Rebecca

    Great advice! It’s been a few years since I graduated, but you’re spot on with the point about it being okay if you don’t know what you want. I’m 33 and I’ve changed my mind a million times, and that’s okay!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Really good suggestions. When I was in high school (over a decade ago) I didn’t think my grades mattered all that much. I wish I concentrated more on grades when I was in highschool, it would made so much easier back then when I was shopping around for colleges. .

  • Apoorva Rajendran

    This is so nostalgic. It’s true, Senior year, no matter what, is always the best year of your life.

  • Sam Temsah-Deniskin

    Very sweet list!

  • Victoria

    Makes me remember my high school years. I’m so gald I’m done with that. These are great tips though

  • Tiffany Twisted

    Smart advice! I’m going to share this with my daughter–thank you!

  • Chevelle

    All of these things. I slacked off a bit my freshman year and I still regret that. I would have been in a much better position had I not done that. I also agree with choosing the school you want. I wish I would have to. So important!

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