Today I’m sharing my Top 10 List of musts before graduating high school, so get a pen and paper, you’re not going to want to miss this!
I’ve talked to so many teens and college students who wish they would have done more to experience their last year of high school. It’s SO easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of end of the year activities, studying, visiting colleges, applications….the list goes on and on! The only way you’re going to be able to accomplish all you want in your last year before adulthood is to be intentional. Even if you don’t follow this list exactly, you’ll want to have a running list of what you want to accomplish. Because hey, you don’t want to be that person who still regrets not going to prom at age 30!!
So here goes!
- Tell the teachers who meant something to you just that. Sure, you could tell them after you graduate. You wouldn’t be the first one to go back to your old high school someday, run into Mrs. XYZ and tell her how much she meant to you. But, there’s nothing like the present and it will mean so much more to you and to them.
- Do something you never thought you’d do! Bungee jumping, skydiving, zip-lining, joining a protest?? Whatever it is that you can think of that you would never picture yourself doing, do that thing. Adulthood is going to bring all kinds of situations that you never would have imagined, so you may as well get used to doing the unexpected!
- Talk to someone you’ve never talked to before. In high school cliques are the norm, but after high school you’ll need some serious networking skills to be successful and of course you’re going to meet a lot of new people in your next adventure. Get started now by breaking out of your ordinary routine and expand your network. New friends are found in the most unlikeliest of places!
- Go to prom. Also, dance your heart out at prom. As previously mentioned, there are thousands of thirty/forty/fifty-somethings out there wishing they had gone to prom. It doesn’t matter if you think prom isn’t your thing, you’ll still regret not going. And if you’re going to go, you may as well enjoy it so go ahead and dance…dance like no one’s even watching.
- Get your passport. It’s a little bit of a hassle, but not at all as big of a hassle as finding out all your friends in college found an amazing last minute deal to Italy for Spring Break but you don’t have enough time to get a passport. This is a real scenario by the way! So go ahead and get one if you don’t already have one, it may just be the best thing you do for yourself.
- Write a letter to your future self. You’re going to change A LOT in the coming years, and it’s important to remember who you are right now. There’s nothing as rewarding as looking back and realizing how far you’ve come with your personal goals, your outlook on life, and what you see for yourself in the future. Discuss your present life in your letter; friends, your classes, your relationship with your parents, your goals for the future. Don’t forget to save your letter in a safe place! You can get a shoebox and write “Do Not Open Until You’re 28” and leave it at your parent’s house. By this time your life will be totally different and your 10-year high school reunion will be rolling around. You’ll be fascinated by how much you’ve changed, and how much you’ve stayed the same.
- Learn how to follow a recipe of your favorite dish. You’re about to be an independent adult, congratulations! Now, time to start cooking all your own meals. Well, maybe you’ll have a little leeway with that if you’re living in the dorms at college. Still, you’ll want to be prepared with some tasty recipes to whip up, if nothing else than to impress your friends!
- Grab your girls, your junk food, and all the rom-coms you can find. No explanation necessary.
- Go on a day-long road trip with your friends. Go exploring with your besties and hit all the little mom and pop shops and hole in the wall food joints along the way. Blast the music, roll down the windows, and sing till you can barely talk. These are the days you’ll always remember.
- Be proud of yourself. You made it through high school and now you can conquer anything! CELEBRATE! Go ahead and throw a party, have a dinner, take a bath in glitter. It doesn’t matter, just celebrate this amazing accomplishment and know you’re on your way to an incredible next step in an amazing journey.