Making the Most of Your Senior Year
Updated: Jun 29
My senior year is coming to a close. With few exams left to go, the future is looking bright. The last 7 years of my life have been truly incredible from the moment I started secondary education up to now. But there’s something special about this year. This is the year I grow up. This is the year I become an adult. This is the year I start fresh. This is the year my life changes. And I want to make the most of it. And so, here are some of the ways I've tried to make the most of my senior year and how you can too:
"Remember, it is short-term pain for long-term gain."
1. Work Hard
Ultimately, I want the chance to study at a top institution and better my understanding of the world, my understanding of myself and grow as an individual. The greatest ticket to do this is to work hard. Sometimes, it does mean having to dismiss social activities and missing out on fun things but at the end of the day, I can always make up for the fun things in the summer. And there will be plenty of time for me to socialize and do fun things with friends and family in weeks, months, and years when I have graduated from my sixth form (high school) and from university. I think it is just a choice of priorities—once you know where your priorities and ambitions lie, it’s easy to make the right decisions. Remember, it is short-term pain for long-term gain. Sacrifice things now so you can enjoy to your heart's content in the times to come.
2. Spend Time with Friends
I've always been the kind of person to be head down in class with my nose in a book but of recent, I have realized that there’s more to life than being the top student and having the best grades. It is important, but it is not everything. Once I'm done with education, I have to be an actual human in the world. You have to have thoughts, opinions, and feelings. And I deserve to have fun and spend time with people I care about. Be it friends or family—spend time with the ones that matter.
3. Take Pictures
If there's one thing I wish I did more in the past was take pictures, and the app BeReal makes you take a picture everyday which I really like. Pictures are a ticket to a different moment in time and in a period like senior year, it’s important to make and treasure as many memories as possible. Take pictures of your outfits, outings, friends, and peers. Take pictures of everything.
4. Craft a Bucket List
This is a great way to spend time with people you might not be seeing much of in the months to come and to relax and unwind after the stress that is high school. Everyone deserves fun. You could include activities like going to the beach, having a cookoff or bake-off with friends, taking a road trip, or binging movies--just ensure you will enjoy yourself in whatever you sign up to do.
5. Go to Prom
Prom is the ultimate time to make a statement, feel confident in yourself, and spend an evening celebrating your growth throughout high school. And do not make yourself feel like you have to make a big deal of it—if you want to go alone or with friends, do that. If you do not want to get a limo, do not. If you do not want to wear a fancy dress or an expensive tux, do not. Make it an experience that you’ll feel fond of.
6. Have Fun at Graduation
As head girl and valedictorian of my class, I'm writing a graduation speech and it’s been a chance to write to inspire and give hope to my classmates. Take pictures and be happy that you’ve made it to the end. Graduation is a milestone and it's a chance to celebrate all your achievements throughout high school and feel accomplished after all you've achieved.
7. Keep in Touch
Stay in touch with the people that you spent time with over the years and hold onto your friendship.
High school has truly been an adventure—there has been highs and lows but ultimately, I would not change a second. As we embark on starting afresh in the future, make the most of every moment you have now and every moment to come and smile, for life has many beautiful things to offer us all.
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