Flash forward a year ahead. College freshman, your senior year has passed, but the one thing that keeps playing over and over in your head is the “what ifs.” What if I tried harder in my AP Physics class? What if I asked my crush to Homecoming? What if tried out for the tennis team? What if, what if, what if. Upon entering senior year, we “newbies” aspire to live by our new motto “live every day like it’s your last,” but we are constantly falling short. I’m not saying that all seniors regret not doing something throughout the year, but it’s common to let your fears overtake your original mindset.
Merriam Dictionary states that regret is a verb defined as “to feel sad or sorry about (something that you did or did not do).” Now let’s pause for a second. You experience regret throughout your day, you just don’t realize it. Does this sound familiar, “I regret not studying for that Calculus test, I regret not eating breakfast before I got to school, I regret not going on that trip.” Oh yeah, that’s EVERYONE in school. Don’t try to play it off, you know it’s true. But senior year is a special time in your life. This is the LAST year you will EVER be in high school again. This is the perfect opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and try something new. You should never worry about looking like a fool or failing because, hey, that’s part of life and what makes living life sweeter than its little screw ups?
While scouring the school for some senior regrets, I found what three seniors had to say about their year:
“I don’t really regret anything, but I wish that I would have talked to and gotten to know some other seniors better back then instead of just now. Also, I wish I stepped out of my comfort zone a bit more, as in go to more parties.” (Nicole M., Senior)
“I wish I applied to some certain colleges, but it’s not something that I will regret in the future. I applied to the schools that were on my list, so it’s all a matter of waiting for the response.” (Hayley D., Senior)
“I honestly don’t regret anything. My goal was to take the opportunities I’m given and, so far, I’m happy with what has happened.” (Becca H., Senior)
It’s typical to wish that you had done something different each year or even each day of your life, but because Class of 2015 is the best class of any year, we’re gonna lend a helping hand.
Senior Year Must Dos:
Step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Trust me, news (failure) can only be so important for so long on Twitter.
Get to know your friends now and on a WAY deeper level. Friends junior year could become people you just pass in the hallway next year. Avoid drama as much as possible! That cute boy or girl is not worth destroying your friendship over!
Surround yourself with positive and upbeat people. They will be your strongest support group.
Apply for as many scholarships as possible and apply to your top schools. Even if you’re positive you won’t get accepted, apply anyways because your college might think better of you than you think of yourself. Scholarships are like prey senior year, you have to attack it dead on and FAST! Apply for everything, waiting till you get accepted is not the way to go.
Decide what courses you like best. Your senior year teachers are by far the best out of any year and believe me when I say that one of their classes could help you decide your major for college.
This is the perfect time in your life to let go of all your insecurities. Most likely, you’re not going to see half the people in your graduating class after this year, so live like there’s no tomorrow. Embrace spirit week, get down at Winter Formal, get nerdy in your favorite class, and, especially, have fun. No regrets, remember?