Mary's Declassified Senior Year Survival Guide

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For most of you reading this blog, the elusive senior year has finally arrived. Trying to find a college, a major, and a purpose for your life can be difficult when trying to balance school, friends, and extracurricular activities. While senior year can be tough, it can also be pretty amazing, so here's some advice by one of my favorite authors, Shel Silverstein, (coupled with some commentary by yours truly) to help you make it through senior year. 

1. ”How much good inside a day?
 Depends how good you live ‘em.
 How much love inside a friend? 
                       Depends how much you give ‘em.”                                                            A Light in the Attic
              The beginning of my senior year

              The beginning of my senior year

Homecoming with my friends. (We still keep in                            contact to this day!)

Homecoming with my friends. (We still keep in                            contact to this day!)

I speak from experience when I say that it's tempting to let friendships fall by the wayside, especially when disagreements happen. It's easy to think you'll never see these people after you graduate and that what happens doesn't matter, but here's my advice: be humble and show grace. Realize how human you both are, and give as much love as you want to be given.

2.  “Tell me I’m clever, Tell me I’m kind, Tell me I’m talented, Tell me I’m cute, Tell me I’m sensitive, Graceful and Wise, Tell me I’m perfect— But tell me the TRUTH.”                                                                                                    Falling Up

Be open to criticism. We all love to hear all our finest qualities, but unfortunately, we all have traits that are less than admirable. There are people who love you and who see the good, the bad, and the ugly. Let these people encourage you and help refine your character. Basically, give them the ability to say, "Hey, I love you, but you're being a bit of jerk right now." It will change your life. Luckily, I had someone who did this for me my senior year, and I am eternally grateful. 

   

   

  My high school best friend, Ashton, who always told me                      the truth. 

  My high school best friend, Ashton, who always told me                      the truth. 

3.  “Listen to the mustn’ts, child, Listen to the don’ts.  Listen to theshouldn’ts. The impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves. Then listen close to me-- Anything can happen, child Anything can be.”                                                                                                                    Where the Sidewalk Ends

Strive to do what seems to be impossible. Whether that's bringing up your ACT score or auditioning for the school's musical, create a mindset where you do not allow your goals and dreams disappear. Work hard for what you want, and never let failure discourage you.  For me, my "impossible" was building a chandelier for an art class I was taking. 

Hours and hours of work later, "Chandy" was finally complete and hung for the art show we held.

Hours and hours of work later, "Chandy" was finally complete and hung for the art show we held.

4. “Draw a crazy picture, Write a nutty poem, Sing a mumble-gumble song, Whistle through your comb.  Do a loony-goony dance  'Cross the kitchen floor, Put something silly in the world
 That ain't been there before.”                                                                                                                         
A Light in the Attic

In the midst of tests, applications, and homework, don't forget to have fun. Be creative. Take a dance break every so often. Laugh with your friends. Write a song about something silly.  (I wrote a song about orange, the color and fruit.) Have a tie-dye party. Make memories that will bring a smile to your face years from now. 

                My song writing session. 

                My song writing session. 

                Sporting our tie-dye shirts

                Sporting our tie-dye shirts

My prom date and I doing our "loony-goony                                                   dance."

My prom date and I doing our "loony-goony                                                   dance."

 Some of the seniors of our theatre group in 2013

 Some of the seniors of our theatre group in 2013

Before you rush out your door and have your best year to date, I have one last piece of advice to you: Burger King crowns can be spray painted and worn. Have fun letting the world know that you are finally, officially Senior Royalty. 

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