As you start your journey, the first thing you should do is throw away that store-bought map and begin to draw your own.
On this day one year ago, I made one of the best decisions of my life. The store-bought map I clutched onto all my life was finally trashed, burned and forgotten. Since I made that decision to create my own way on May 27th, 2016, my life after high school has been a blessing. The first year of college is done, and I hope you have the time of your life in your next endeavor because I know I am!
Here’s to the high school graduate. Congratulations, you did it!
*Cue High School Musical 3 Track*
1) I HOPE…
I hope you cherished the final moments you spent walking the hallways of your high school. Never again will you see the same faces passing by, or even the teachers standing outside their door. Your friends will no longer be down the hall after 3rd period waiting for you at “the spot” like they used to everyday, and you won’t need to get a teacher’s signature on a pass just to use the bathroom…things are changing now, but it’s for the better.
I hope you understand that your friends will always be there for you, no matter the distance. I was 5+ hours away from some of my girls and if anything I think that going away to college made us stronger. We got to embark on our own adventures and when we all came home we had the craziest stories to tell. If things change and rearrange with your friends please trust me and know that’s okay too. It’s happened to me, and it doesn’t mean the world is ending. You’re heading towards the best four years of your life! My first year of college I don’t think I’ve laughed and enjoyed being a teenager so much in my entire life. You’ll fall in love with so many people and where they come from – and I mean that in the best way possible.
I hope you enjoy the final moments of it all… If you’re an athlete I hope you played, cheered, or danced your heart out on that field/court. You won’t be in that uniform again chanting the name of your school. You won’t have to dread long practices anymore and you won’t be able to get in your favorite line-up next to your best friend. The sound of the whistle during the final football game or even hearing the loud crowd over sounds of shoes screeching the basketball court will only be a memory. Jumping and screaming in the student section while you make fun of the other team is the epitome of Friday Night Football! Each game was a different theme, a different outfit to put together with a whole lot of memories not too far behind. I hope you enjoyed what was right in front of you, because it won’t be the same…
Just a thumbs up: Tailgate and sporting events in college are INCREDIBLE. The best is yet to come!
2) Say “Thank You…”
If there’s any word you shouldn’t get tired of saying it’s: Thank You. First and foremost, to your parents or whoever has given you a roof to live under. Our guardians are the reason we are still alive and well. If you needed lunch, or forgot to bring an assignment to school they were there. When you had your first game or were stressed with your ACT because you were only a few points away from your goal; they were there. You may not appreciate them now. They can be overbearing, picky and sometimes it seems like they don’t understand. The thing is, they do. We’ve never been parents before. We have never been 30,45 or 60. BUT our parents have been our age. They know what’s best. They’ve sacrificed more than you’ll ever know just to see you to walk across that stage. They raised you and 15+ years from now you just might have the family of your own and you’ll want the same hopes and dreams for your child.
Say thank you to your teachers. Please do it. Senioritis is real and we all know that, but it is not easy being a teacher either. Appreciate the men and women who have taught you all that you know in order to prepare you for the future. Say thank you to the teachers who were more like a mom or dad to you. To the ones who let you stay in their classroom, use their microwave or even their printer when you procrastinated on an assignment. Love on your coaches, or even your boss from your first high school job.
3) TURN UP! (Jk)
Get Excited for your future
If you got accepted into your dream school, GET EXCITED FOR YOUR FUTURE!
Even if you didn’t and had to take an alternate route, trust God’s plan for you. I didn’t get into the college of my dreams and at first I felt defeated. Please know that it.is.o.k. The road doesn’t end here and it’s up to you on where it will lead you next.
Rep your schools colors, show off your mascot and definitely check out Pinterest for the cutest ideas on ANYTHING collegiate. (Guys, this includes you too. You’ll be amazed at the wonders Pinterest holds.) Be ready to focus. Because college is not all about partying, cool roommates and sorority rush week. This isn’t high school. Books and classes aren’t free. Your teacher’s don’t care if you have a 79.2% and wanted to get all A’s and B’s for your first semester. Be excited for memories, but also be excited to spend hard nights in the library. #TRUE
If you thought these four years of high school flew by, just wait.
Leave your mark – don’t take no for an answer – DREAM BIG. The only person in charge of your future is YOU.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2017!
Turn your tassels and don’t forget to turn the page into
the next chapter of your life.
P.S: If you’re reading this and are graduating from my old high school… Go Knights! STAY GOLDEN.