“I’m a graduating senior and I’ve always despised having to write in yearbooks at the end of the year.“HAGS” is not my thing, and long letters are forced and time consuming. What should I write in my peers’ yearbooks? Should I reveal the truth about how little or much I love them? Or should I just sign my name in hopes that my autograph will eventually hold more value than a rushed sentimental message?”
– “Sentimental” Senior
Dumplin,’ don’t feel guilty for not writing something that doesn’t mirror how you really feel. You’ve known your classmates for four years now, maybe even longer! More than likely, they’ll be able to tell if you write something forced without true, emotional meaning.
However, I know I wouldn’t be the happiest gal on the block if I saw a simple signature in my yearbook. The key is to find your balance; don’t pretend to be someone you’re not, but don’t forget to make that last impression a good one. If they’re truly just an acquaintance whom you see as a grain of sand on the beach, a simple, “I hope you have an amazing next four years!” should suffice.
Don’t stress too much, darlin;’ the year is coming to an end, and you have a whole new chapter of your life unfolding before you!
Enjoy yourself, sweetie,
“I’m about to start junior year next year and all anyone talks about is how junior year is the hardest year of high school. I want to enjoy being an upperclassman, but I can’t help but be super nervous. If I don’t do well now, am I going to get into a good college? How do I balance grades, standardized testing and my sanity? Am I thinking into this too much?”
– Scared Sophomore
Pumpkin, you need to relax. Do what I do: When you feel overwhelmed, sit back, turn on some music, get yourself a cup of tea and take a deep breath. Don’t make any rash decisions or scare yourself before the year even starts!
Discuss your concerns with your friends, your guidance counselor or any- one else you think can help. Give yourself the time to research and think about what colleges you hope to apply to. Set goals for SAT/ACT scores and what you hope to establish by the end of the year.
However, most importantly, know that it’s not wrong to let yourself go every now and then to just lie down and take a nap. As life gets hectic and the world seems to never stop spinning, the best thing to do is to find ways to ground yourself, hon. It’s okay to feel stressed out, because I can assure you that every Junior before you has felt the same way. However, enjoy your newfound seniority, and don’t let school bring you down, darlin’: you decide how next year plays out, not anyone else.
Good luck, honey,