Senior year is a roller coaster. It is one of the best times of your life, but it can also be really stressful. Finding ways to enjoy yourself throughout all of the up and downs, “first lasts”, and all of the bittersweet moments throughout senior year is essential. This list of 10 things to do senior year will help you do just that.
1. Stay Motivated
It is no secret that senioritis is almost impossible not to catch. It has a way of catching you off guard and making you lazy in the time that you need to be the most productive! In the excitement to get out of high school, some people forget that their GPA follows them when they leave. It seems redundant to keep trying in your high school classes when you have already been accepted into a college, but I promise, it is not! Keeping your GPA up can lead to more opportunities to get scholarships (free money!!) Hang in there and keep doing your best in classes, it pays off!
2. Spend Time with Friends
In my school, I’ve been seeing the same faces for 12 years, so I’m pretty used to everyone in my class. Because of this, I sometimes take my friends (or even my acquaintances) for granted. Being in high school for 3 years makes it seem like you’re never going to be away from all of these people, but pretty soon, you are. It’s important to spend time with your high school friends while you still can, because pretty soon you’re all going off to different places and will be living different lives. Seeing each other is going to be a rarity once you graduate, so make the most of the time you have with them.
3. Get to Know People Better
This is something that didn’t hit me until senior year. There are some really cool people in my class who I talked to, but I did not know very well. However, once I got to talking to them, they had some awesome stories to tell about their lives! So here is my advice to you: get to know people outside of your friend group. Cliques are kind of inevitable in high school, but you don’t have to limit yourself to only talking to people you’re comfortable with! Go outside of your bubble and talk to people you’ve never talked to before. Maybe you’ll realize that the “weird kid” has the same favorite book as you. Maybe you’ll realize you and the preppy girl are both really interested in art. I really, really encourage this. It is eye opening.
4. Spend Time with Family
Some of you might be going 10 minutes away to college, and some of you might be going 14 hours away. Some might not even be going to college. No matter the circumstance, this is important. Your senior year is really the last bit of time you get to be dependent on someone else, because after this, you’re out in the real world. You’ll have to do your own laundry and buy your own groceries. During this time in your life, it is so necessary to show appreciation for your family. Go out of your way and plan a movie night with your sister. Make an actual effort to talk to your parents about your life. Stay off your phone when you eat lunch with your grandparents. You’ll miss home when you leave, and home will miss you. Make good memories with your family now so that you don’t have to regret not fully appreciating the time you had living at home.
5. Take Pictures
Like I’ve said in all of the points before this, life isn’t going to be the same after graduation. You aren’t going to be able to see all of the same people all the time. Taking pictures is one of the best ways to save memories! Later on in life, you’ll appreciate having pictures of you with your high school friends. Senior year is a year to remember, and taking pictures is the best way to do that. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I like to go through my camera roll and find myself smiling at memories that the pictures have stored. Document this time of your life!
6. Keep a Journal
This goes along with documenting your life. I personally love journaling. I’ve even got some journals from middle school that I like to go back and read sometimes just because it is cool being able to read things from the viewpoint of a middle school me. Journaling not only serves as a form of therapy, but it is another way to store memories. I like to think of it as a book about my life. Someday you might be interested in seeing what was going on in your head when you were an 18 year old.
7. Find ways to de-stress
The beginning of senior year hit me like a brick wall. I was totally unprepared for all the responsibility that being a senior consists of. I got overwhelmed with stress and anxiety, and it honestly made my first semester kind of miserable. Don’t make the same mistake as me! There are so many ways to handle stress, but just finding ways to alleviate it made my life so much easier. I really, really encourage you to find things that you enjoy doing to balance out the homework, scholarships, and responsibilities. That leads me to…
8. Practice Good Time Management
I had no idea how to manage my time until this year. I can honestly say that this directly contributed to my stress at the beginning of the year. It’s like, junior year all is well and you don’t really have homework. You can go home and binge watch Netflix and lead a happy life. Then all of the sudden senior year comes along and steals all of your free time. While doing homework is important, so is having time to spend with your family and friends. I started practicing good time management by setting certain times to do homework everyday so that I wouldn’t procrastinate and have to spend 12 hours in one day to finish an assignment. For example, I get home from school at 1:50 and do homework until 4, then the rest of the evening I can relax. This might seem a little extra if you don’t have that much homework, but find the times that are right for you and stay with it!
9. Appreciate the Food
I know that when I go off to college I am going to miss my grandma’s cooking immensely. Home cooked meals definitely beat the ramen noodles and microwave dinners that I am going to be eating when I leave home. What I’m really trying to say here is, enjoy the home cooked meals while they last. If there is one thing that you’re going to miss more than your family, it is their food.
10. Enjoy Yourself
Like I said earlier in this post, senior year is full of ups and downs. However, the high points of heavily outweigh the low points. Have fun (but be smart), and enjoy every bit of it. You’re only a senior in high school once!