“Hɪɢʜ ꜱᴄʜᴏᴏʟ ɪꜱ ɴᴇɪᴛʜᴇʀ ᴀ ᴅᴇᴍᴏᴄʀᴀᴄʏ ɴᴏʀ ᴀ ᴅɪᴄᴛᴀᴛᴏʀꜱʜɪᴘ - ɴᴏʀ, ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴀʀʏ ᴛᴏ ᴘᴏᴘᴜʟᴀʀ ʙᴇʟɪᴇғ, ᴀɴ ᴀɴᴀʀᴄʜɪᴄ ꜱᴛᴀᴛᴇ. Hɪɢʜ ꜱᴄʜᴏᴏʟ ɪꜱ ᴀ ᴅɪᴠɪɴᴇ-ʀɪɢʜᴛ ᴍᴏɴᴀʀᴄʜʏ. Aɴᴅ ᴡʜᴇɴ ᴛʜᴇ ϙᴜᴇᴇɴ ɢᴏᴇꜱ ᴏɴ ᴠᴀᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴ, ᴛʜɪɴɢꜱ ᴄʜᴀɴɢᴇ.” ― Jᴏʜɴ Gʀᴇᴇɴ, Pᴀᴘᴇʀ Tᴏᴡɴꜱ


Dear Hearters,

Senior year, the most exciting and frightening year of high school. It's the hardest of them all, yet it's the easiest to remember. For me, senior year was a difficult time, where the transition from kid to adulthood took a toll not just on my academics, but my mental health as well. It's one that requires a ton of patience, dedication, trust, and acceptance. Most importantly, it's one that requires a lot of assistance as well.

That being said, here are some tips for seniors in high school:


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Head's up: I'm sure a lot of you guys are nervous... and don't worry, you're not the only one. For everyone who's enrolled (whether it's high school or college) into school, there's a frightening and exciting journey ahead of us. It's a brand new year, a brand new start, and a brand new adventure. We may not be completely prepared for it, but it's up to us to work with what we have, and make the best out of every given situation.


You're going to notice some of your closest friends drifting away from you throughout the year. It's difficult: you guys may not have the same classes anymore, and/or you're going in two completely different directions. One of the best things you to help the situation is make new friends. They may not have the same college/career paths as you, but the fact that they're there for the ride is what counts more than anything. In fact, the friends you make towards the end of your high school career are the ones who are most likely to stick around for a very long time.
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One of my most memorable moments in senior year was the trip I took with several other students from my AP English Literature class. We drove to Ashland, Oregon, and saw 2 plays at the Shakespear Festival and spent the night in a cabin on a hill, 20 minutes away from town. It was amazing, because I went with my best friend and we had so much fun looking around the downtown area of the city between the times of the two plays. Anyways, my point is that it's always good to step outside your comfort zone and try new things, even if they may not seem like something you'd want to do in the first place. You may think you'd regret it, but you might not! In fact, you might be heavily inspired.
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Not all of your classes need to be honors to Advanced Placement. Try and fit at least one class into your schedule that you'd like. For me, being a Teacher's Assistant (TA) for my former English teacher was my favorite period. I would sort files, make tea for her, and grade paperwork. I also got to learn a lot about what kind of responsibilities not just teachers, but people in general, have in an office/classroom workspace. Nonetheless, being a TA may not work for you, but picking a subject you love (i.e.: art, science, PE, etc.) and taking it up will definitely keep your school year exciting and productive.
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You'll probably have a lot going on in your personal life, so it's best to talk to your teachers about what's happening "behind the scenes", if you notice you're falling behind in some of your classes. It may not seem like a good idea, but I promise: it does wonders in the end. I remember talking to my English teachers and my civics teacher during my senior year. Their classes were the ones I fell behind most, but I was ususally able to catch up with because I excelled in the subjects. Needless to say, they'll understand you more than you think: they've been there before, after all.
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You'll make a majority of your mistakes in senior year. My advice for moving on from them: don't look back in regret. There's nothing you can do except to accept the past for what it is, and continue forward. If you have a fallout with a friend, forget them: they'll carry on with their own lives. If you get a poor grade in a class, don't stress it; just to the best you can to make up for it next quarter/semester. Just keep in mind that high school is high school; everything is temporary and time goes on, whether you move with it or not. Now matter how many times you stumble and fall, there's always a way of rising back up.
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I recommend talking to your school counselors too, if you feel like you're losing motivation, or that your overall mental health is taking a toll as well. I guarantee you, they'll be just as helpful as your other friends and teachers. In addition to that, don't be afraid to take a day off of school too. This is one of the few times in your life when you can just pull yourself aside, and take a break from everything that's going on. Take advantage of it, even if it sounds wrong. As a matter of fact, we all need time to recenter and evaluate ourselves, in order to improve.
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There are an infinite amount of ways your future can go. Just know that you have the chance to change your mind, and to do something you thought you never would've wanted to before. You may have gotten into your dream college, or you might be working a part-time job over the summer, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't take your chances one last time and jump straight into the deep end. There are so many things you can do, and with the chances you have in the now, use whatever opportunity you have to figure out what you really want, not just what you're expected of.
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Let me know of any questions, concerns, or suggestions for future articles. Thank you guys for your positivity and support. I love y'all, and have a marvelous day/night!



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