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Senior Reflection

With graduation less than three weeks away, it feels almost surreal that my last year of high school is coming to an end. Over the last four years, I have made so many memories and learned so much about myself and the paths I’m hoping to pursue in my future. However, I think most of my learning and self-discovery happened during my senior year at VHS.

When I walked onto campus on the first day of senior year last August, I was both excited and nervous for the upcoming year. I was in the midst of applying to my choice colleges which were the center of my stress at the time. I didn’t know if I was going to be able to juggle applying to university while trying to make the most of my last year of high school and attend as many school events as possible. I soon found out that attending school events was really important to me since those high school football games, homecoming parades and pep rallies would be my last.

Later that fall, I thanked myself because I decided to apply for university at the end of summer and wrap up by October so I could spend my weekdays and weekends enjoying myself with friends without having to worry about being consumed by college applications and meetings with guidance counselors. For incoming seniors, it’s a considerable idea to try and apply for colleges as early as you can. It may be time-consuming, but it’s definitely worth it, and then you can actually enjoy your Friday night lights without the agony of feeling behind on the college application process.

Shortly after I finished applying to university, I happily found out just weeks later that I was accepted into my top choice school. When I committed to university in mid-October, that ended the majority of the mental stress I had been going through just days before. After that, the year became much less stressful since I no longer had to wait until winter for the schools to come back to me with an answer. I was able to enjoy the rest of my school year and the holiday breaks.

Senior year has definitely been the best and most memorable year of high school for me. I got the chance to make many new friends who I hope to keep in contact with even during college. Despite that it’s going to be sad to leave them after this summer is over, I am also so excited to start a new chapter of my life. For incoming seniors, if you want to have a memorable year, my advice is to stay on top of applying for college or plans you have for after high school, don’t fall behind on coursework and have fun. Go to as many school games and events as possible and cherish the time left you have at VHS, I promise you senior year flies by much faster than the others.

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