My first post on The Patriotic Pearl will be about the 2016 presidential election! In November, we will all vote for our next Commander in Chief, so we should be educated on the candidates. My post, entitled 'The Clothespin Vote,' is about why neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump is ideal, but we have to pick one! I also dive into the Third Party candidate, the Libertarian's Gary Johnson! The Patriotic Pearl will be live on June 29th! Happy kommenting :)
I started my Senior Story twelve months ago to document my senior year, and now, that year has come to a close.
Senior year of high school is a crazy time for everyone who experiences it. Days drag on and on and on through Spanish classes, lunch periods and piles of homework, yet before you know it, it’s graduation day and part of you kind of wants to do it all over again. Well, a small part, but it’s still there.
I know that personally, I learned a lot about myself. I discovered my dream career, made spontaneous friends and memories, worked my butt off in class and still made time for extra-curricular activities. I was busy and mostly happy – I am a teenager after all and we like mental breakdowns about things that don’t make sense – and I think I’ll look back on senior year and think of the good.
For anyone about to embark on their own senior year (we can’t talk about me forever after all), I have some advice. It’s not perfect, and it won’t work for everyone, but this is what I learned, and hope it helps.
#1- Make decisions about the people in your life. You’re about to start over, and while that’s scary, it’s also exciting. That said, senior year is the time to mend broken relationships or scrap them completely. You should surround yourself with people who bring you up, not drag you down. If you find yourself in friendships that really just don’t work, you have decisions to make. They’re hard decisions, and if you do decide to end something, it will feel terrible… but not as terrible as it feels to be in a destructive friendship or relationship.
#2- Try new things, or dedicate yourself to old things. I danced for twelve years of my life, so when senior year rolled around, it was my goal to throw myself into dance and make the most of my last twelve months. I didn’t try anything super new my senior year, but I put my best foot forward in dance, my journalism classes and teaching my little ballerinas. Whether you already play a sport or want to try a new one, you should take a chance and do your best in whatever you decide to do.
#3- Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to be perfect or figure out who you are for the rest of your life. It’s overwhelming. Everyone asks you where you’re going to school, what your major is, if you’re working in the summer, where you see yourself in ten years. It’s crazy! Sometimes I couldn’t even figure out what to eat for breakfast and people were asking me to look five years in the future. My advice is just to take a deep breath and tell the truth: your school and your major followed by the question mark of “and I’ll just see what happens with the opportunities I get.”
Even though it’s not that big of a deal – you’re only eighteen you have time to grow and learn – senior year is a special time. You don’t have a ton of responsibility like you will for the rest of your life, but you are starting to make more adult decisions. My biggest piece of advice: enjoy every second. Happy kommenting :)
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