I’ve come to realize that senior year isn’t as easy as people make it seem. If we’re being honest, I feel like it’s been one of my most stressful, frustrating years, and we’re only in the second month of school. Of course there’s going to be stress because you’re trying to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life, but when it comes to these things the earlier you start preparing, the better. There are a couple of things that I wish I would’ve known before my senior year started. If you haven’t reached senior year yet, look at this list and start preparing now so everything isn’t so overwhelming.
I’m super guilty of wasting a lot of time, and it’s not even on purpose. I always put everything off until the last minute and just barely get things done on time. This is something I should’ve corrected a long time ago and I’m starting to feel the effects of it. School, work, homework, and extracurriculars all take up a great deal of time on their own and staying on top of things becomes even more difficult than it already was because there’s only 24 hours in a day. Find that thing that’s consuming precious time that could be put toward doing something productive and cut back on it.
The end of high school comes around faster than you think
It feels like just yesterday when I graduated from elementary school and began my high school career. Sounds cliché, I know, but it’s the truth. It may not seem like it while you’re going through it, but each year goes by so fast. Cherish every moment you have with the people you go to school with. Before you know it it’ll all be over.
Making mistakes is okay
Nobody is perfect and it’s definitely okay to mess up here and there. Whether it’s missing a homework assignment, failing a test, or not having the most desirable grade in a class, it’s okay. It may not feel like it in the moment, but it’ll all work out later. Things happen for a reason. Don’t dwell on the mistakes you’ve made. Think of them as lessons learned so you know what to do and what not to do going forward.
Mental health days are extremely important
Taking days to just relax and not focus on the stresses of life are necessary to function. It’s not healthy to be on go-mode all the time and not give yourself a break every once in a while. Don’t get lazy and make this something that you frequently do, but give yourself some chill time.
Participate in extracurriculars
Not only does it look good on college applications, but it’s a way to make friends and create a bond with people. While participating in activities you enjoy, you’re bound to find people you click with because you share a common interest. Keep yourself busy and involved with things that make you happy.
Spend more time with family and friends
College is right around the corner. Even if you don’t plan on going to college, whatever you choose to do with your life is coming at you fast. Appreciate the people who love and care about you because you don’t know how quickly and drastically things can change.
To do things for yourself and not others
Your own personal happiness and satisfaction should hold more weight than anyone else’s. It’s understandable to want to keep everyone else happy, but when you prioritize what other people want over what you want, you’re bound to not be satisfied with anything going on. It may be hard to let others down, but remember that your happiness should always come first.
Of course, there are still going to be things you have to learn and go through on your own because that’s life. Hopefully these few things will be helpful to any underclassmen and even some seniors. Moral of the story, don’t wait until the last minute to start doing things. The sooner you start, the better off you’ll be later on.
By Cierra Lemott, Senior, Brooks College Prep
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