How to make the most of your senior year

Lacie Coleman, podcast, photography

Senior year is such a memorable and exciting time, and there are a lot of ways to make the most of it. As a senior, I have cultivated 10 of the most essential ways to make the most of your last year in high school.

1. Get involved: Joining clubs, sports teams, or other extracurricular activities can be a great way to meet new people and have fun. Plus, it looks great on college applications!
2. Make memories with friends: Plan fun outings with your friends, whether it’s a weekend road trip, a beach day, or a movie night. These memories will last a lifetime.
3. Stay on top of your schoolwork: While it’s important to have fun, don’t forget that senior year grades matter for college applications. Make sure you’re staying on top of your schoolwork and studying for exams.
4. Go to school events: Homecoming, prom, and other school events can be a blast. Don’t miss out on the chance to celebrate with your classmates.
5. Take advantage of your senior privileges: Many schools offer special privileges to seniors, such as off-campus lunch or early release. Take advantage of these perks while you can!
6. Plan for the future: Whether you’re going to college, entering the workforce, or taking a gap year, it’s important to start planning for your future. Attend college fairs, research career paths, and talk to your guidance counselor for advice.
7. Give back to your community: Volunteering is a great way to make a difference in your community while also building your resume. Look for opportunities to volunteer at local charities, food banks, or other organizations.
8. Take care of yourself: Senior year can be stressful, so it’s important to take care of your physical and mental health. Get enough sleep, eat healthy foods, and practice stress-relieving activities like yoga or meditation.
9. Celebrate your achievements: Whether it’s getting accepted into college or receiving an award, make sure to celebrate your achievements. You’ve worked hard to get where you are, so take some time to pat yourself on the back.
10. Embrace change: Senior year is a time of transition, and it can be scary to think about leaving high school behind. But remember that change can be a good thing, and that exciting opportunities await you in the future.
     I hope these tips help you enjoy your senior year to the fullest!