Dear High School Seniors,
It’s your last semester of high school. And I know you’re pumped for graduation and going away to college, but there are some things I want to tell you about before it all happens. You’re going to be very busy the next few months and you’ll easily be swept up in the fanfare of a second semester senior to realize all the things that are about to happen.
First, remember to enjoy the time you still have at high school. Prom and graduation are special events just for seniors so really take it in. Don’t forget to thank the teachers who helped get you where you are (they may come in handy when you need letters of recommendation next year…). And don’t slack off, finish your high school career on a strong note.
Your last summer before college is going to be weird. It won’t feel like the last time you’ll see a lot of your friends and family for months, so really take advantage of that time. Make memories and celebrate the friendships you’ve been building for the last however many years. If you want friends from high school to be friends during college, this is the time to solidify that.
Now that we’ve got the present stuff managed, let’s talk about the future. The sometimes daunting and uncharted territory of moving away to college. There are a lot of things I could go over but I just want to touch on the biggest changes.
Most schools require freshmen to live in the dorms for their first year so that’s most likely where you’re going to be. And most dorms suck. Not all, but a lot of them. They’re old and they’re small but for nine months, they’re going to be your home away from home. Hold on to the excitement you have when you first move in for as long as you can. Before you know it, you won’t even notice that you and your roommate are literally living on top of each other.
For the past four years, all you’ve known is wake up, go to school, go to an extracurricular activity, do homework and go to bed. College is not like that at all. If you’re lucky, you’ll have classes blocked together. But if not, you’ll find yourself creating things to do so you have a set schedule. Sometimes this means planning study times…sometimes it means planning nap times.
You’re going to know very few people when you get to college. Join clubs and activities in order to meet people. Go to the silly freshmen-only events. Go to the events that actually interest you, nobody cares what you’re into in college. If you have long distance friends from high school, remember that they have a new life too. Don’t spend all your time trying to stay up to date with everything they’re doing. Live your new life so you have something to talk to them about.
Most importantly, remember not to worry about anything. Everything is new to you but your parents hand teacher shave watched and helped it happen for decades.
You’re going to be fine.