Also, get involved, play sports, join a club, and make new friends! Don’t be one of the kids that wishes his/her high school years away. Enjoy every moment because it really does fly by! Don’t forget to start saving money now. High school is expensive, especially senior year! High school is the time of your lives and a one time experience; you get one chance, so make the best of it!
Realize that people will change, including yourself, and that means friendships will too, so be prepared for that. Stick close to those who put the effort in to get to know you. Join clubs and sports because there is nothing like a bond you can get with your teammates.
Sophomores and juniors, by now I’m sure you have a lot figured out. You know what clubs, sports, and classes you enjoy. What you may not know is what responsibilities you're going to have. First off, be a good role model for the freshmen, and be nice. You were in their shoes once, too.
Remember, high school can be some of the best years, but they will affect the rest of your life, so don’t slack off. As Erica Kotthoff suggests, “Get your work in on time and take advantage of the college courses through Drury University. They will save you so much more money than what you may think.”
People are going to try to change you or make you do things you may not be interested in; it’s called peer pressure. Never do something because your “friends” told you to. If you're not comfortable with it now, chances are you will regret it. As Trista Kormeier says, “Just be yourself, and never let anyone else tell you different. Be happy and never change that. Do what makes you happy; don't be like everyone else just to fit in; stand out and just be you.”
That being said, don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone, either; try new things and put yourself out there. Sometimes that can be a very good idea. Join new clubs; make new friends; it will make your life as a high schooler so much easier. As senior Tenille Duessler said, “High school isn't supposed to be the best years of your life, but that doesn't mean you can't try and make it so!”
Seniors, this year is your last chance to try new things before going out to the real world. Now is the time where we all start to go our separate ways. Some of us will start applying for scholarships, going into the workforce, and some very brave individuals are going into the military. No matter what you decide to do after high school, now is the time to start thinking about your future. Tenille Duessler stated, “ My future isn’t as short as I am, so I need to start planning now!”
You should focus on school and your future, but don’t forget to have fun and make memories: it’s your last year! This will be the last few months you get to spend the with people you have spent at least the last four years with. As Cortanie Gale said, “Enjoy every second because time really does fly. It's going to be a bittersweet year, a lot of laughing, a lot of tears and mixed emotions. Enjoy time with your classmates because this is your last chance to be together as a class before you’re all sent out into the real world, and that is a scary thought. Go on senior trip; I mean, it's a one time experience and some great bonding with great people!”
As we all know, there are sometimes arguments over seniority. Yes, we should have some, but we’re not in total control, guys! We should make sure we are good role models and behave like adults if that’s how we want to be treated. Also, make sure the underclassmen feel welcome, especially freshmen! We were in their shoes once, and it can be pretty scary.
Senior trip. Thats simple. Go! This is the last time, as a class, that we will get to spend quality time together before we graduate! If you don’t go, this will be something you will look back on and regret; as seniors, we shouldn’t be worrying about having regrets! As senior Kenzy Vedder says,” It’s your last year; don’t have any regrets!” Learn new things and just enjoy New York, Washington DC, and the good company of people you have grown up with!
So, if you have gotten anything out of this article, I hope that it was to take your time and make these four years of high school the best yet! Take tons of pictures and cherish your the time with your friends, whether it's on the bus or hanging on the weekends, because those are the memories that will last a lifetime. The pictures you take and memories you make will never change, even when time and people do.
-by Cortanie Gale