Dear High School Seniors

Ciao lovelies! Today, I’m sharing an open letter I wrote for current high school seniors.
There is some mild swearing, but given the target audience, it's appropriate. Trust me, any high school senior has heard worse. 
Dear High School Seniors about to go off to college:
About a year ago now, I was in your shoes, preparing to leave the world of academia that I had known since I was five, and preparing to enter a new world of academia that I only had glimpses of through AP classes and older students. Sure, I had toured my top choice university, had been accepted, I was in a fast track careening towards adulthood and responsibility with no brakes. But I was also a high school senior, I was invincible, I was done with the system of education that had trapped me since I was a kindergarten child, and I felt ready to have the independence I thought that I wanted. “I’ll do whatever I want!” I thought to myself, “I’ll eat what I want, wear what I want, I’m an independent adult now and nobody can tell me otherwise!”
I didn’t understand the reality of adulthood, or the struggles that accompany it. I didn’t expect the tears and the “I want my mom!” moments.
But I also could’ve never expected the second family I’d find, the support I’d receive, the pride I would feel when I realized that I could conquer situations previously thought impossible.
You may think you’ll never miss your old school, or the people you left behind. You may already miss them. You may never miss them. But the friends you make in college/university, that’s different. Those people are more than friends. They’ll be your family. They’ll see you in situations your old friends would’ve made fun of you for, and they’ll be there to support you through it all.
Dear high school seniors, you aren’t invincible. Sure, right now you might be untouchable in your high school, but that’s just it. It’s high school. College/uni is a different world, and you can’t waltz in thinking you’re hot shit and nobody can touch you. Accept the fact that you are going to have problems, but also understand that you are strong enough to overcome them.
Dear high school seniors, your parents are not assholes. Sure, right now you might want to get away from them as fast as possible. You’ll think to yourself “they give me too many rules, soon nobody will be making me do anything!” But when you can’t drag yourself out of bed and miss your first nine AM, when you get that first schoolwide bug and you’re too sick to walk, when you’re scared and lonely and miss home, you will miss your parents. And they’ll miss you too. Call your parents. Text them. They love you.
Dear high school seniors, I believe in you. I know you can do this. You can walk across the graduation stage, you can make it to your college/university. You can do this. Yes, it’s hard to become a bonafide adult, you can’t just snap your fingers and be a successful, responsible grown-up. But you can certainly get there. I promise.

Comments

  1. I love your ideas sis , it doesn't really matter what other ppl think only what you think , it's your blog not theirs , you may lose viewers but life is a learning process basically and no matter what you post I will always b a lovely viewer/follower

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  2. The thought is nice here, you clearly have good intentions. Maybe you could spruce it up a bit and space parts so that it doesn't look so much like a wall of text, which is a little painful to read. I feel like there's some projecting in this too, but at the same time I'm sure there's many people who feel like yourself when it comes to moving on to college. Overall its not too shabby, if anything it's a little bit random considering your blog content. But not bad.

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    1. I understand. I mean, I think my blog consists of random content to begin with,considering my non-niche approach. I like the idea of adding spaces. I think it will make it easier to read.
      I don't mean to project. I am just trying to use anecdotal evidence to speak from the heart. Thank you for your suggestions !

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  3. I think this is a lovely sentiment. There certainly is a lot of growing up to do from high school to college, and it doesn't end there. I'm still doing a lot of growing up. You have a lovely personality and a lot of talent. Keep smiling.

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  4. How wonderful that you've found such friends and support at your college. I think so many high schoolers can't wait to get to college, then are overwhelmed once they get there. You have some great advice, and I'll be sharing it with my teen.

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    1. Thank you very much! I hope this helps with their life journey!

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  5. I'm a parent of a senior and I am grateful for this post. Most parents hope for the very best for their kids and it's important to keep in mind that while we want what's best and might not always know how to tell our kids that in the gentlest way possible, we are our kids' most ardent supporters. I like how you've emphasized the need for communication.

    Wishing you the very best!

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    1. Thank you very much! I'm glad that I could highlight the need for communication between teens and parents! Thank you for reading! :)

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  6. I've graduated 3 girls so far. I miss them :) What you've written rings true. Nice post!

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  7. Great post! I think your perspective is valuable as well, since you've just jumped the fence from high school to college. Very well done.

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    1. Thank you! I was hoping that would be the case, through my life I've found that myself and others my age are more likely to believe and listen to someone closer in age to them! Thank you for reading! :)

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  8. Thank you so much. I have a senior and a junior right now and thus will be helpful for them. Keep writing!

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    1. I sincerely hope this will help them out! Thanks for reading! :)

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  9. Thank you for this letter; I will be sharing with my daughter as she makes the transition from high school to college soon. Keep on writing.

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    1. I hope this helps her in her life journey! Thank you for reading!

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