Unsolicited Advice to the Class of 2019

Dear High School Seniors – congratulations! You’ve made it to the final semester of your senior year. You’re at the top of the food chain and it feels so good. At this point, I’m sure you have the most extreme case of “senior-itis.” You’re counting down the days until graduation and are ready for all that awaits.
Before you get ready to fly the coop, here is some unsolicited advice — tips that will hopefully help you as you embark on your next chapter.

1. Enjoy Your Last Semester

You may only have a couple of months left, but you will never have another experience like this. Take the opportunity to soak up every last memory you can. So, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, and go to every sporting event you can. These are the little things you’re going to miss the most.

2. Compile Your List

Write down a list of all the coaches, mentors, and teachers who have made a profound impact on your life, and ask them if you can reach out to them in the future. You never know when, why, or if you will need them, but it’s always better to have their contact information at your disposal.

3. Discover the True Meaning of Friendship

They aren’t lying when they say you will lose touch with your high school friends. Unfortunately, it is the simple truth of your college years. What were once solid bonds may begin to fade. However, some will remain and continue to grow. That’s normal. Embrace the change and seize the opportunity to meet new people.

4. Get Your College Textbooks

But don’t get them from the bookstore. Yes, they’re expensive. Yes, they’re a rip-off. But they exist for a reason. Crack them open every once in a while. Study hard, participate in class discussions, go to office hours, and ask every question. Professors notice the students who put in effort and go the extra mile. Your future self will thank you big time. Have fun, but don’t lose sight of why you’re going to school.

5. Find Your Pajama-Jean Balance

In college there is a small window of time where it is acceptable to wear your pajamas in public. Take advantage of that. But be sure to figure out when you need to be presentable and when you can walk out in your slippers.

6. Think for Yourself & Be Independent

You are now old enough to form your own opinions, ideas, and desires. Don’t always go with what your friends do or say. Learn to make smart, independent decisions without the input of others. Also, be sure to set aside some quality alone time. Netflix and chill, organize your room, take a nap or do something that will bring you a moment of peace.

It’s weird, that feeling of doors closing, times changing, and growing up. Don’t wish your final high school days away. Enjoy the struggle and the hustle; have a great time.

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