First of all, congrats! You’ve come so far. You’ve battled your way through the high school fray and made it out on top.
Now that you’re there, you’re probably tempted to check out early. It’s more than likely that the symptoms of senioritis have started to kick in. You’re probably feeling them already: allergic reactions to homework, chronic absences from that health class your parents made you take, and general feelings of apathy concerning all things school-related. My suggestion: find a cure quick, fast, and in a hurry, because your grades still count, and you can’t afford to get lazy right before you take on college-level work.
Speaking of college, don’t stress too much about getting accepted everywhere you apply to. All you can do is put your best foot forward and present the strongest applications that you can. If you’ve done those things, the stress should stop there. If for whatever reason you don’t get into your “dream school,” rest assured that there is a very good reason for that. What’s meant to be will be, and if your second-best school accepts you with open arms, that just means it’s where you were supposed to be all along.
Last, but most definitely not least, enjoy your senior year. Truly live in each moment. Some of you are probably already halfway out the door and ready for freedom, but trust me, you’re going to miss these times. You’re going to miss mom’s home cooking when all you have to eat in your dorm is peanut butter and jelly on hot dog buns. You’re going to miss all the familiar faces you grew up with. You’re going to miss your biggest concern being whether or not your crush knows you exist. So hug your parents a lot, spend time with your friends, and be sure to go to prom (even if it’s not with the crush that still doesn’t know you exist). You’re only a high school student once, so make the most of your last year.
Hats off, you did an awesome job!
– Brittney C.