How to Make the Most of Your Senior Year of High School

Whether we're talking about high school, college or simply just life, there's a reason why seniors get so much respect: they've earned it!

Getting to your senior year means you've endured the cringe-inducing phase of being a freshman, the notorious sophomore slump and even the just-now-feeling-like-I-know-who-I-am period that is junior year, all coming to a head when you finally reach the sweet sanctuary of power that is being a senior.

Since it's only one year of your high school career though, you may be slightly worried about soaking it up as much as you can while also trying to balance the stress of college applications and so much more. Don't worry, we've got you covered. Let's dive into how you can make the most of your senior year of high school.

1. Savor Every Moment

Sure, wearing some ridiculous outfit for a themed day during homecoming week might feel a little silly, but when else are you going to be able to do that and it be not just okay, but kind of….cool? Embrace all the weirdness that is high school. Go to prom, even if you don't have a date. Be weird. Be you. Say yes to last-minute hangouts. Make memories. That's what senior year is all about!


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2. Stop Worrying About What Other People Think of You

People-pleasing won't get you as far as you think it will, it will only prevent you from becoming the best version of yourself since you're constantly putting on a mask of who you think people want you to be. In high school, we can all feel like we're under a giant lens that criticizes our every action, outfit, friendship, joke made at the lunch table and so much more. Forget about all of that, as other people's opinions of you are none of your business at the end of the day. Be yourself and enjoy the weirdness that is senior year.


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3. Figure Out Who You Are and What You Want

Remember that moment in The Kissing Booth 2 when the students are asked the question of where they want to be in five years? Yeah, you might want to try asking yourself that while you're still in your senior year. This goes beyond just asking yourself questions like "what do I want to study," "do I even want to go to college" and "should I attend a university in my home state or somewhere far away"—it's about actually figuring out who you are at your core, how you can become the best version of yourself and what you really want in life. After that, the work isn't done. Then you need to actually ask for what it is you want, whether that's a letter of recommendation from your favorite teacher or your parent's permission to apply to a university abroad. Remember—if you don't ask, the only answer you'll ever get is a "no."


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4. Go After Your Goals

All those things you were just asking yourself what you want? Yeah, now you have to actually go after them. While most of senior year is about cherishing the fun parts, you also have to get down to business sometimes. From actually studying for the SAT or whatever tests are required for you to get into your dream college/career to being a part of clubs that help you look good on applications, you need to actually put in the work sometimes to get what you want in life.


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