Senior mentality

September 9, 2015

“Senior year, it goes by so fast” I have been sarcastically saying since the last day of junior year.

But it is so true. That day seems like yesterday and before we know it graduation will be tomorrow.

If you’re like me, you had some close friends leave this summer, to start their next chapter of life at college. It is becoming increasingly difficult only being able to talk to them over  text and a couple times a week through facetime. You are finding yourself living vicariously through their Snapchat stories or texts as they rush fraternities and sororities, attend college football games, meet tons of new friends, take actually interesting classes and just begin leading incredible lives while you are stuck in the same place you’ve been for three years, feeling left behind and forgotten.

It can be challenging to remove yourself from this mindset. As seniors you may want to get out of here as fast as possible, completing college applications at an alarming rate and spending all your free time researching where you are going next fall. You may be wishing this year would speed by. But I urge you to take a step back and enjoy this school year, for it is the last time your life will be this simple. Relish in the sentimentality that is senior year.

Acknowledge every single “last” and don’t let anyone tell you you’re being too nostalgic. Be obnoxious about it. Take a ton of pictures at your last homecoming. Attend all the football games and kick the juniors off the fence, after three years you’ve earned your spot there. Attend every sporting event you can because before you know it  you won’t even be able to call yourself a Buc. Get close to your teachers, soon you will have professors that won’t even know your name. GO TO PROM, everyone remembers their senior prom. And finally, enjoy graduation, it is when we are finally acknowledged for our hard work.

A freshman in college gave me some advice before leaving, he said “Don’t let anything get in the way of this year being awesome. The reality is that there is a lot of exciting things ahead of you to get caught up in, but this is the last time you will be this young and without worry. Once you graduate life gets really serious really fast.” So walk the halls with your heads held high seniors, we’ve made it. And we only have a couple months until we are back at the bottom again, so enjoy it class of 2016. Go Bucs forever. 

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