Hey almost seniors!! Can you believe that it’s time to start planning your entire life? Yeah! You’ve got less than a year to figure out exactly what you want out of the next 65 years of your life. No pressure, but you better make it good. To help you out a little bit, I’ve compiled a list of the 5 things I wish somebody would’ve told me before my senior year of high school.
This year will fly by! Everybody says it, but you won’t believe it until you go through it. Take pictures of everything, don’t get caught up in the dumb drama (you really won’t remember it!), spend your time on what you care about, and cherish every last minute. There’s a reason that you hear this sentiment a million times. When I started my freshman year of high school, my older brother told me, “this will be the fastest four years of your life.” Think about how fast the past three years have gone… your fourth and final year of high school is going to go five times as fast. So get off of Instagram and go spend some real time with real friends, before you all move away from each other and form your own lives.
Do the most outrageous things now. In high school, I was nearly expelled for a number of reasons, on several different occasions. It was never for anything malicious; only good fun and me pushing the envelope just enough. I think adults are sometimes afraid to tell you to just go wild because they’re scared that you might take that and run with it, but I say go for it! Sneak out, kiss that boy you like, dye your whole head pink, ask the popular girl to prom, apply to your dream college… you will never live in a time with so little responsibilities and repercussions. Take full advantage of this now, before it’s too late!
Ask your teachers for advice!! I know they are super lame, but actually you’ll end up friending them on Facebook and then being like WOW they are super cool! And they are really helpful! They’ve got good insider knowledge on how to get into college, start a job out of high school, utilize your school’s resources and more! BONUS tip: make your favorite teacher your mentor. Ask if you can hang out and help during their free period in exchange for their time (and brain!!). Trust me!! Adults are not that uncool; they can help you get that leg up that you need before heading off to college!
It is what you make it. When I was halfway through my senior year, my best friend picked up in the middle of the night (literally, like this could be a bad Hallmark movie) and ran away from home. The next week, I got kicked out of the spring musical for something I didn’t do. I really could have just given up then and there- nothing was going right, and the pressure was even more intense because I was 17 years old, trying to figure out the rest of my life. But when you don’t let the bad affect all of the good, you’ll end up enjoying your senior year so much more and be able to look back on it in a few years and laugh- not hold resentment. I’m really just setting you up for a future with less therapy fees, here.
That brings me to my final point. This is not the end of your life. I know that it can really feel like you have to have everything figured out right now, for the rest of your life. But please please please, take it from somebody who let her anxiety get the most of her way too often- it’s okay to not know what you want. It’s okay to take a year off from college while you decide what you want to do. It’s okay to not go to college at all. It’s okay to go to trade school, to get a job at the local produce market, to camp out in your parents’ basement for a while. Everything feels like a hurricane right now, but things will slow down and you’ll have time to think things through. Don’t go crazy trying to put together a full life plan at the age of 17. Things are going to change, and you’re going to be happy to welcome that change instead of stressing because it’s not going according to plan.
What’s your best advice to your high school self? Scroll through the images of this fall Hershey Gardens, Pennsylvania senior portrait session, to the bottom of the blog post where I reveal a sixth BONUS tip!
Oh! And your bonus SIXTH TIP: don’t forget to get your senior photos booked! Didn’t you read tips 1 through 5?! This year is going to FLY BY! You’re going to be busy making memories and applying to colleges once the school year starts, so make sure you book your senior photos early (in the spring or summer into fall) so that you don’t even have to think about it. Like the photos you saw here? Click here to book me for your senior photos and let’s make magic happen! Not yet persuaded? Check out my other senior portrait sessions in this blog post and in my portrait gallery!