To Future Seniors

Dear future Seniors,

I must congratulate you because you deserve a commemoration for going through one of the hardest years. This year was hard for you because you had to deal with the start of important decision making that will set you through life. You had to take a bunch of tests in which numbers deemed how you were academically. Just so you know, you are all much more than numbers. You are amazing people with a unique purpose in the world. I’m sure you’ve heard that plenty of times with different wording, but it is true.

I’m going to be blunt and say that your senior year is going to be just as hard, but in the end, things will be worth it. Isn’t everything always worth it in the end? As long as there are no regrets. The main goal of your senior year is to be happy in the end. Don’t even worry if you can get a job with your major or if you can get into the university of your choice with your essay. Follow your dreams, even if it’s far fetched. This is your chance to say “This is what makes me happy and I’m going to go for it.” You don’t want to miss the opportunity.

When you’re in the middle of your college application essay and nothing, not even a cheesy joke or a cliche comes to mind and all you want to do is give up, make that not an option. Write those 650 words. The 650 words is your life story. It is pretty much the only personal thing the college will have that will make you separate from everyone else. If you don’t know who you are, never fear because it takes a while to know yourself. Just be honest about it in your essay then. Write about your journey in finding yourself if you must, but don’t let the reader know too much of your confusion or they will become a slightly confused as well. In your essay, write it like you are a proud owner of your life. Aren’t you glad to be alive?

When you’re in the middle of class and running around outside just seems so much better than sitting in cold hard chairs remember that you’re not going to be in that very chair much longer. Colleges like to see that you sat through the entire school year even after you’ve deposited and you’ve already bought clothing from your college. They would like to see that you have commitment at your own school and that you would apply that to college. You will be able to run free. Soon.

When you’re sitting at home with piles and piles of homework on your shoulders, remember what you’re doing the work for. I suggest that you have motivation just how athletes strive for a fit body and or a faster time. Strive for your best.

Quick story:  I run track and there were many times where I found it extreamly hard to go forth with the practices because I could never catch up with the others. I was always behind everyone by nearly half a lap. Yet, I pressed on and I decided that I wasn’t competing with my own teammates or with other people. I didn’t care about that anymore because I knew I tried and that was my peak. Yes,I was very proud of my teammates and I wanted them to do their best, but I knew that they were not my source of motivation. Instead, I raced myself. I wanted to try and improve my times by seconds or milliseconds even. I wanted to try to jump as far as I could. It was the factor of trying.

If someone says “you’re not trying hard enough.”, don’t listen to them because only you can determine how hard you are trying. There is no such thing as a “try-hard”. Just don’t give up.

When you are having difficulties in balancing between fun and studies, just remember that a break is needed every once in a while. It is not advised to slack off every day and it is also not advised to work until the light of day for a continuum of time. In order to have the good amount of fun and do your work effectively, procrastination is not an option. I am well aware of senioritis because I have fallen ill to it many times. And the next day, I regret the many YouTube videos I’ve watched because I am exhausted. All the future seniors should know what I’m talking about. Don’t give in. Please. Getting the adequate amount of sleep has higher priorities than rushing to beat the sunrise and slapping on a thing composed in the wee hours of the morning.

When you find yourself signing yearbooks and it’s warm outside, congratulate yourselves because you did it! You made it through thirteen years of schooling. Even though it may be hard to believe it, it has happened. Just keep telling yourself that this is what hard work is and this is where it got you. Everything is worth it and everything has its reasons. Yet, I advise you to not completely drop everything and sprint to the college life. Besides elementary school, you spend the most years in high school. Middle school was like a trial and error stage. Well, you made it past…that!

Don’t forget about your friends. Try your best to catch up with them. They were the ones who shaped the early stages of your life just as you done for others. Friends are precious. Keep them close to you. I realize you can also meet great people outside of high school years, but keep your first bunch of friends close to you.

Don’t forget about your teachers. They instructed you and filled your minds with knowledge. When you were in school, that didn’t seem very appealing, but you will soon come to appreciate all their hard work when you realize that they also went through the same thing as you did- the applications and the hard schooling only to come back and teach generation after generation of students. Plus, we are very privileged to have teachers and a proper education system in the United States because there are other counties who have to fight for their education.

 

And so, this is all I have to say. I hope you try to abide to some of them, yet of course, they are only a suggestion. Take heart. You’re almost there. Don’t give up.

 

Enjoy your summer.

Alice

 

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