If you’re a high school senior, then you obviously already know that graduation is right around the corner. It’s time for the official countdown to begin (if it hasn’t already). These are your last days of high school, and as annoying as this time period may have been in your life, it’s still a pretty big deal. You’re about to enter The Real World, and things just won’t be the same come September.
I was never a big fan of high school, but senior year will always stand out to me, especially the end of the year. It was the first time during high school that I was actually able to feel comfortable and happy. The last few months of senior year were when I solidified many friendships that I still have, made new friends that I wished I had had all four years, and participated in school activities that I actually found enjoyable. I want your senior year to be just as amazing. Make these last few weeks count by doing everything on this bucket list… you won’t regret it. Here are 16 things every high school senior must do before graduation:
Go To PromIf your prom hasn't happened already, please go to it. Look, I know prom is kind of lame and never really lives up to all of the hype. But seriously, this is probably your last chance to go to a school dance ever. It's also one of the last times your entire class will be together - and everyone will look fabulous! So why not just do it? Even if you don't have a date, go with friends! Or at least hit up the after-prom parties. You'll regret not participating even a little bit when you're older, for real. Source: ShutterStock
Have A Senior Cut DayI'm not trying to encourage you guys to be irresponsible, but... I mean, be a little irresponsible at least once. Senior cut day is a tradition at many schools, and although you're always threatened to get in trouble, teachers rarely enforce that policy. It's a fun chance to do something with the seniors you don't always see. We had a tradition in my high school where we went to the beach for senior cut day. It was so fun because everyone was there, and it was like a big party... except extra exciting because we were all missing class. Source: ShutterStock
Tell Your Crush How You FeelI know it's really scary, but you should seriously consider making the first move before you leave high school, especially if you and your crush are going off to different colleges. If you're afraid to do it in person, give him/her a note or do it through Facebook. You don't have to make a dramatic gesture or confess your true love - you can just say something like, "Hey, it would be really cool if we could hang out this summer before college. I think you're awesome." You won't regret at least trying. Source: ShutterStock
Have A Huge Graduation PartyYou'll probably be invited to a million graduation parties, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't have one of your own. The best idea is to throw a party with one or two of your friends. That way, you guys can invite all different people that one of you may not hang out with all the time. Graduation parties are super fun, and bonus: you usually get presents. Source; ShutterStock
Tell Your Favorite Teacher How Much You Appreciate ThemTeachers work really hard to help you learn - well, most of them, anyway. You probably have had at least one favorite teacher who really made an impact on you throughout high school. If so, tell them that! It will make them feel so great, and you'll feel great in return. If you're too shy to tell them in person, write them a note and give it to them during graduation. This is such a nice thing to do - and it may even come in handy if you need helpful contacts later in life. Source: ShutterStock
Make Friends With That Person You Always Thought Seemed CoolDuring my senior year, I ended up making friends with a bunch of girls I had never talked to throughout the first three years of high school. We became so close, and I wished that I had approached them earlier on. Is there a girl in your class who you think could be one of your new besties? Ask her to get lunch or something. Don't be shy - during the last few months of high school, everyone gets a little more sentimental than usual. Source: ShutterStock
Do Something You've Never DoneWhat has always been on your high school bucket list that you haven't done yet? Whatever it is, do it. Seriously. You know, unless it's illegal or dangerous. Or just do some sort of high school activity you've never participated in, like going to a sports game, or hitting up a school function, or seeing the school play. Just do one high school thing you've never done so that you can say you experienced it - good or bad. This is your last chance!
Get A Yearbook, Make Everyone Sign ItMy ex-boyfriend from high school didn't want to buy a yearbook because he thought it was lame, and now he really regrets it. I know yearbooks might seem silly, but you will absolutely appreciate it a few years from now. Buy one and be that annoying girl who makes EVERYONE sign it. I actually did get a few unexpected messages in mine, including one from a guy who admitted he had been crushing on me all four years of school. See? You'll never know what you find, and also, it's really fun to look back on this stuff later on.
Start Being More Responsible To Prepare For CollegeThis one isn't as exciting, but it's practical. Before graduation and throughout the summer, start learning things you'll need to know for school. It could be doing your own laundry, learning how to cook some basic food, figuring out some handy DIYs, or even learning how to drive... whatever it is, learn to do something that will help you out the next four years. Source: ShutterStock
Make AmendsYou'll be surprised to learn that after high school, all those social groups that were once so important kind of disappear. In a year, you might run into someone you once hated, and that old grudge probably won't even matter... you'll both awkwardly say hi to each other. After high school, I ended up being best friends with a few girls who I had once hated. The point is, take this time to make amends. Apologize to people you've hurt, or make the decision to forgive those who have hurt you. You never know what could happen later in life, and isn't it best to leave high school stuff in high school? Source: ShutterStock
Apply For Summer JobsNot the most fun thing in the world, but again, it's practical. Start looking for and applying to summer jobs now, if you don't already have one. Work during the summer to save money for college, because chances are, you won't be able to work that much during college, and you'll definitely need money. It's also helpful for the breaks when you come home from school - if you already worked at a place, they'll usually let you come back during those times. If you didn't already have a job, it's really hard to find one that will let you work for a few weeks before leaving again. Source: ShutterStock
Go On A Trip With Your FriendsOkay, maybe you won't have time to do this before graduation, but at least do it after graduation before college. Plan a small weekend trip with as many friends as you can. Vacations with friends are SO much fun, even if you're just going camping an hour away. Save up your money and just go for it. It's possible that you guys might drift apart during college, and don't you want to have one last amazing weekend to look back on? Source: ShutterStock
Make A High School ScrapbookAs corny as it sounds, you should totally do this. Print out all the pictures you were tagged in, and all the pictures you took, including the embarrassing ones. Chances are, your friends will start to delete old, embarrassing pictures when they go to school, for jobs or just to reinvent themselves. Make sure you get them while you can! Put everything together in a big book to look at when you're feeling nostalgic. Source; ShutterStock
Have A Sleepover With Your BestiesInvite all of your closest friends over for an all-nighter before graduation, or even on graduation night or something. Even though you guys still have the summer together, there's something about the time right around graduation that makes everyone just want to be closer together. Enjoy just hanging out with each other! Source: ShutterStock
Stand Up For YourselfHas someone always bullied you throughout high school? Do you have a frenemy who has always made you feel like crap? Stand up for yourself before high school is over... and then let it go. Learning to defend yourself is really important, and it will make you feel great. Later in life you'll back on it and think about how awesome you were. Source: ShutterStock
Make Amazing Summer PlansDon't forget that you still have about three months to do some amazing things before college starts - so make the most of them. Like I said, try to plan a trip with all of your friends. Make plans for parties, beach days, concerts, whatever. Just make sure you have a great summer before things change. Source: ShutterStock
Are you a high school senior? What do you want to do before graduation? Which of these things are you going to try? What did I forget? Tell me in the comments!