An Open Letter to the Senior in High School

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To the senior in high school,

You’re embarking on the last week of your senior year, and probably feeling a whole mix of emotions. Excitement to f i n a l l y be done with lots of aspects of high school that annoyed you, looking forward to the freedom and new experiences to come, while also nostalgic in thinking that this is probably one of the last times this specific group of people that you’ve grown up knowing will all be together. It really can feel like the end of an era.

I hope that this last week and this coming summer, you soak it all in.

Have a conversation with your favorite teacher one more time, they really will miss you and are looking forward to see all that you go on to accomplish.

Thank the custodial staff + the lunch ladies. They do more for the school than you probably realize. They’ll appreciate a little bit of recognition.

Participate in the last few “senior week” activities going on. You’re not too cool, I promise. You’ll look back and wish that you did.

Embrace every opportunity in these next few months before everyone starts to go their separate directions. Go to that concert with your friends, get ice cream late at night, and take that road trip to the lake. You’re going to be thankful that you did come August when many of you are in different places with completely new people.

Go to all the grad parties you can and let your friends know how proud of them that you are. You all made it! Twelve whole years of hard work and many memories leading up to this moment. They’ll be happy to see you cared enough to stop by, even if it is just for a little bit.

Tell your friends how much you love them. Make sure you know who you’re going to be intentional about staying in touch with + make a plan to stick to that. Will it be a FaceTime date every couple weeks or text of your highs a lows on Sunday nights? Whatever it is make it intentional, because long distance friendships are tough if you don’t put in the effort.

Sit down with your families for family dinner, and put your phone away. You’re going to miss those home cooked meals and conversations with the people who matter most.

Get a summer job and try to somewhat save your money. It might be annoying now but you’ll thank yourself later when you’re at college and realize you have to budget now!

Don’t wish your summer away wanting to be at college already. Your time will come and it’ll be here before you know it. Enjoy these last few days and moments with these friends you’ve had forever. You’re going to miss this.

Make the most of your next four years. It sounds cliche to say it’s going to fly by, but it really will. And if anyone hasn’t told you yet, you’re going to be great. You should be proud of all the hard work you’ve put in up to this point, but don’t stop now. You’re graduating!!! Congratulations + best of luck wherever this crazy life takes you next.

* Cue Scotty Mcreery’s “Five More Minutes” and Kenny Chesney’s “Don’t Blink”*

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