What You Should Do Before You Graduate

  1. Miss a class day with your closest friends.

Unless you repeatedly miss school, you can allow yourself to go on an epic adventure that none of you will ever forget.

  1. If you do not exercise, start.

The typical college freshman usually gains around 15 pounds, so it’s a good idea to start an exercise regimen to help you stay in shape and healthy to make up for those late nights where all you have time for is to call the pizza company and shove 6 quick pizzas down your throat.

  1. Start washing your clothes if you have not done it yet

You’ll have to do it when you move to a dorm or your own apartment, so might as well start now and take advantage when your parents are around so they could explain to you what it means to “dry at a low temperature.”

  1. Improve your presence in social media.

Whether you go to a university or start a new job, you want to present the best in the world to you. Ask yourself, “is this a picture or a comment that I would like my teacher / boss to see?” If not, press delete.

  1. Tell the teachers how much they meant to you

Good teachers want nothing more than to know if they made a difference in the lives of their students. If a teacher has made a difference in your life, let them know.

  1. Get your teacher’s contact information

Most of your classmates will be easy to contact online, but your teachers are not always so accessible. If you want to keep in touch, ask them for their email addresses. Someday they could be useful as a reference for the university.

  1. Make a time capsule

You might be tempted to throw the loose papers from your backpack in the trash, but as hard as it is to believe, one day you’ll love to see them. Put them (along with other items from your high school life) in a box marked “Do not open until …” You’ll be glad you did.

  1. Take a pictures of you and your family.

As time goes by, opportunities to take family photos more and more are less frequent, so make an effort to take one now.

  1. Make a list of the best and worst things of high school.

When looking at the past, it is very easy to remember high school either as “everything good” or “everything bad”. Invest a little time to write about what you really think about the experience (both good and bad), so in the future you will remember it as it really was.

  1. Catch up with a long lost friend

Many friends distance themselves in high school as they find new social groups. If you have distanced yourself from someone, spend a few minutes asking them about their plans for the future. Both will appreciate the emotional healing that this entails

  1. Prepare a meal for your family.

It is an excellent way to say “thank you” to your family for all they have done for you. It is also an opportunity to practice your cooking skills which you will need once you move. Just do not do it like Jennifer Lawrence.

  1. Thank the school staff, including the secretary, the custodian, etc.

It takes more than teachers and administrators to make a school run smoothly. Saying a quick “thank you” to your anonymous school heroes will be valued, especially because they have undoubtedly done more for you than you realize.

  1. Apologize to someone you have treated badly.

High school can be a very cold place and sometimes even good people say or do something that hurts. If you have hurt someone, offer an apology. They will most likely appreciate it and you will feel much less guilt in the days to come.

  1. Tell your crush you like them

When you grow up you will regret not having taken better advantage of the opportunities you had. Also, what do you have to lose? If they reject you, you will not have to see them again after school.

  1. Make a plan for the summer and for the future

It’s easy to feel a bit lost after high school, but if you’ve made a plan for the future, you’ll still have a direction.

  1. Feel proud of yourself.

Whether you loved or hated high school, you did it. You are in the next stage of your life and you should feel proud of what you have achieved.

Sofia Zubieta

Sofia Zubieta is a 12th grader, she writes advice editorials. Sophia loves working with kids.

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