4 New Year’s Resolutions For Every High School Senior

As you start making your list of New Year’s Resolutions, there are many things to keep in mind that will help you transition from high school to college!

So before your list fills up with goals of healthy eating and a new exercising regime, read this!

It’s that time of year when it’s suddenly okay to grab that extra cookie because your New Year’s resolutions haven’t officially kicked in.

But let’s be real. You’re a senior in high school, and there are some things you’re going to want to resolve before August 2012 gets here, and trust me, it won’t be long.

If I could go back to senior year, here are a few things I wish I would’ve put at the top of my New Year’s Resolution list:

  • Don’t wish it away!

Yes, you’ve already heard this one million times, but I’m here to confirm it: you’re going to regret wishing your senior year away.

I know you’re already listening to Pomp and Circumstance and picking out your party invitations, but the time between now and May is going to fly whether you push it along or not. Enjoy it, because once it’s done, it’s done and you’ll be left with a diploma and a bunch of moving boxes.

  • Take a Senioritis Pill

Don’t pretend you aren’t already battling this grade-cripping disease. Chances are, you may already have the senioritis bug.

My best advice is to take a pill and battle it. The next 4 months are going to be a blast. Senior year is a once in a lifetime experience, so live it up!

  • Take a Step Back

It may sound impossible, but it is very beneficial to enjoy the rest of your senior year. Hopefully by this time you are finished or nearly complete with college applications, the ACT/SAT, and will soon be done with the FAFSA form.

So allow yourself to take a step back from the constant worries of acceptances, looming financial responsibility, and still trying to determine what you’re majoring in next year. This is your last New Year’s before you begin a great time of change.

  • Enjoy Some Family Time

You may soon notice a change in your parents, especially if you are the oldest in your family. Soon you will be at your last ball game, last concert performance, and (eventually) your last day of high school.

Everything will become very sentimental. So get ready for the pictures and the tears and give your family some extra time.

  • Start Saving Now!

Hopefully you already have been setting aside money for next year’s financial burden. However, now is the time to really crack down. Start looking for a good summer job, and talk to your other college-bound friends about setting goals to cut back on spending together.

Even if you already have your financial situation settled for the upcoming years, now is the time when that extra pocket change is really going to matter (especially when you need some fun money!)

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Kaitlyn Taylor

Kaitlyn Taylor

Kaitlyn Taylor is a freshman at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, pursuing a degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in Spanish. She comes from a small farm town of 1,000 in West-Central Illinois, making the transition to a large campus challenging. At school Kaitlyn is involved with the University’s Women Glee Choir, and also sings in her Church choir and is involved with her residence hall’s Resident Board. She enjoys writing, biking, and volunteering.
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