What’s Different Going into My Senior Year of High School

I’m baaack!

Summer school is officially over and the next two weeks will be spent cracking out some new content for the blog, so I am super excited to kick it off with this one. Enjoy!


I did a post like this last year called What is Different Going into This School Year for my Junior year, and I really feel like it helped me assess my growth and how far I’ve come. So I decided to do a similar post again this year along the same lines, but not quite as brief and with a little more background.

Man, how far I have come from when I first started writing on this blog. Phew!

Here are the main things that will be different for me going into my senior year of high school.

+ My friends have changed. I have moved on from three friends total this year. Which may not seem like a lot, but two of them at one point or another I considered my best friends. I feel like I’ve lost a big part of who I was when I left them behind. But maybe that’s okay.  Maybe we need time to grow to figure out who we are now. I will forever wish them the best.

+ Ya girl is actually driving. I’m more comfortable driving and closer to getting a license than I ever thought I would be. I am even getting ready to buy my first car. I don’t like driving very much. I don’t know why, but I think maybe something went wrong when they were putting me together and they must’ve forgotten to add the two drops of “Teen in a big hurry to drive” because I don’t enjoy it and have been in no rush to get my license. I can see myself enjoying it eventually but for now, I’m just not there yet, but I’m excited for when I do.

+ For the first time ever I feel old. Like really old. In November I’m going to be eighteen. I still can’t wrap my head around it. Eighteen seems like so much responsibility and I have to admit, I am a little nervous. I’m excited about the future, but it also terrifies me a little bit. In a way, I feel like I’m still the little six-year-old who used to cry into her mom’s shoulder about never wanting to grow up. I’m ready for the next chapter, but I don’t want to let go.

+ I’ve gained a lot of perspective. I see the world differently than I did a year ago. I’ve learned so much in such a small amount of time, maybe that’s why I feel so old. I’m finally starting to understand what’s going on in the world around me.

+ I’ve learned a lot of lessons the hard way. Just to name a few:

  • Some people don’t change and you can’t force them to.
  • You can’t help someone who doesn’t want to be helped.
  • Time management is everything. I am still working on the whole “Don’t procrastinate” thing.
  • Even though I really despised economics this summer, this is the best way to put it, there will always be opportunity costs, but you have to choose the option that will make you happiest.
  • Keep track of your money because one day you’re going to wonder where the heck it all went and realize you probably shouldn’t go shopping as often anymore (Oops… but at least now I know!).
  • Last but not least, don’t get the double scoop cone. You want it, but you know you can’t eat it all, and leaving ice cream uneaten is just utterly disappointing, so just don’t do it to yourself (Okay, I’m still working on this one, obviously).

I hope you are able to realize the growth you’ve made and how far you’ve come. Things are always changing and evolving, but that’s just how the world works. Some things are changing for the better, others not so much, but I have hope we’ll get there.

Whether you’re back in school, going back soon, or already out there living life, I hope you have a wonderful year! Stay positive and please be good to people.

Thanks for stopping by,

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