5 Things To Do Before Graduating From High School

Regardless of your numerical age, going from high school to college is a giant milestone, taking you from teenager to young adult. The new experiences you have in college will be life changing but also life long memories.

Whether you are nervous to leave, can’t wait to go, or both, don’t jump ship on senior year just yet.

Speaking from personal experience, here are the top five things to do before you graduate high school:

1. Participate in spirit week: You’ve waited three long years to be the big fish in the little pond and spirit week is the time to flaunt it. Seniors “own” the school during spirit week, painting their cars, leading the chants, and controlling the energy of the rest of the school. It’s going to be another four years until you’re at the top of the heap again, and by that time job prep may overshadow it.

2. Enjoy your senioritis: Shhh…don’t tell your parents but by the time your final semester of high school rolls in, and you’re already accepted to college, it’s OK to enjoy senioritis in moderation. College academics are much more demanding than high school, so you should take this little breather while you can.

3. Respect your teachers: There is a big difference between senioritis and disrespecting your schoolwork. Your teacher’s are still your superiors and deserve proper respect. Your teachers understand that your final days as a high schooler are light, but you want them to stand by their recommendation letters. Remember, even though you may have already gotten accepted to college, a failing grade or incomplete in a course can result in an acceptance being revoked.

4. Take a vacation with friends: The truth is that in a few months your relationship with your friends is going to drastically change, and the hard truth is that many of them won’t last through college. Get a group of friends together and plan a vacation somewhere, the summer before you part ways. The summer after I graduated, I went with four friends to California and we all really just enjoyed simply being together. It was a memory I will never forget.

5. Spend time with your family: It may sound like redundant advice, but take it from someone who ignored it—don’t ignore it. It’s tempting to spend every one of your last weekends with the friends you won’t see for a while, but don’t forget, you won’t see your family for a while either. Really enjoy the simple things like family dinners, running errands, or just hanging out with your parents.

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Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente is a senior at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. She will be graduating with the BA in Media Studies and Communications in May. Editing the Entertainment section for her university’s newspaper and magazine has fueled her passion for entertainment journalism, which is the career path she plans to explore. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, listening to music, and catching up on celebrity gossip.