Congratulations on graduating from high school! It’s time to celebrate all of your accomplishments and be extra proud of yourself for making it this far! It may not seem like a big deal, but you may have had extra stress or a personal situation that made it that much harder you to finish. Now that you have walked across the stage and received your diploma, it’s time to look at what your future holds and your upcoming plans. But with that, it’s important to take some key pieces of advice with you, no matter where you go. Here are my 5 Must Know Tips for a Graduating High School Senior!
After graduation, it’s important to set aside some time to look back on your accomplishments and to set new goals for the future. You should consider what you have learned about yourself from high school. You need to write down what you want to achieve in college, your new job, or other areas of your life. Knowing who you are will help you make important decisions going forward.
Graduating from high school often means leaving behind close friends and family members. You may end up staying local or living with family while you begin your new plans, but that doesn’t mean that everyone else will. A lot of your friends may be moving away for college or a job. Make sure you stay connected through social media, texting, or phone calls to keep those important relationships going.
Whether you are heading to college, a vocational school, or starting a job, it’s important to continue learning and growing. When I was in high school, I didn’t like that I had to read certain books and I disliked reading. However, after high school I had to the opportunity to read more for pleasure, but still learn about world events or topics I was interested in. Graduating high school may make you feel like you don’t have to learn anymore. But when you are going to college, you can take classes in what you want to learn that is part of your major. Be sure to take advantage of opportunities to learn new skills and expand your knowledge, whether through classes, internships, or on-the-job training.
After graduating, you may be faced with new financial responsibilities, such as paying for college or rent. I wish we had the opportunity to take a finance class in high school that taught us how to pay taxes, use a checkbook, and make a budget. I wasn’t good with handling money and didn’t know how to save. Having a budget and listing out your expenses is very important! If you need additional help, seek advice from a financial advisor or counselor on your college campus.
Graduating from high school can be a stressful time, but so can attending college. So it’s important to prioritize yourself. Self-care is something to do on a daily basis! You need to make sure to get enough sleep, eat well, exercise, and practice stress-reducing activities like meditation or yoga. Don’t let yourself get so stressed out that you can’t take a break. It’s also important to surround yourself with people that are your cheerleaders. You need positive friends who will support you while you’re away from your family. Remember that it’s okay to ask for help when you need it.
No matter what path you decide to take after your high school graduation, following these five must know tips will help you stay focused and successful! Graduating from high school is an important achievement, and continuing with a college degree or vocational school academic certificate is the next step in your bright future!