The Senior Mindset

 

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The end of the semester is upon us, friends. Summer will be here before we know it, but then it will be gone just as quickly. For all the juniors out there, this means senior year will be happening, a statement which I know brings much joy and also sadness. With all of the conflicting emotions that senior year will bring, it's important to have the right mindset and habits headed into next year so that you can make the most of every moment you have left in high school. Here's a few ways that you can do senior year well.

Be present.

By the end of my junior year, I already knew that I was going to MC. Because I had already made my decision, staying present for senior year was one of the biggest mental challenges that I faced. Senior year only happens once and you want to fully enjoy the end of your high school days. My parents and those around me kept reminding me that I didn't need to wish away senior year. The key to staying present is appreciating where you are instead of focusing solely on the future. So much life happens senior year, and you don't want to miss out.

Have a healthy view of the future.

One of the keys to being present is to have the proper view of your future. Maybe you already know what your plans are after graduation, or maybe you're still figuring it out (in which case I recommend your that your college search starts here). Or maybe you are like me and already know what you're doing for college. Either way, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is to turn the future into an idol. Your future plans are awesome but they belong in the future.

Develop discipline.

I know that senioritis is a real thing (you've probably had it since freshman year) because that was definitely true for me. I was so focused on taking it easy that I focused on comfort and convenience rather than discipline. Make a decision before the year starts that you will develop healthy habits to carry you into college. This can apply to so many areas of life such as sleep, exercise, money management, studying, and more. Your first year of college will take you by surprise if you haven't cultivated discipline.

Give thanks out loud.

After senior year ends, your relationships will be different. I know this can be a sad thought, but this should be a motivator to express gratitude as often as possible. Show some love to family, friends, teachers, and whoever else is important to you. Write them a note, take them to coffee, thank them in person, or just give them a good hug to express how much they mean to you. Make it a point to mark your senior year with gratitude.

Make the most of each moment.

It may seem overwhelming to think about senior year when you're trying to finish out the semester. Ultimately, all of these suggestions mean nothing unless you're enjoying each moment. Let next year be a year of trying new things. Take cool electives, join a club, or learn a new skill or hobby. Tap into your passions. Engage in the community around you. Whatever it looks like for you to be invested, go for it and finish out your high school experience strong.

- Emma

survivor of high school, writer of blogs, lover of sloths

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