I never thought I’d say it, but sometimes I find myself missing high school. I remember feeling on top of the world in my last few months of senior year. The stress of college applications had diminished, my friends and I were closer than ever, and my future was looking bright. My anticipation of graduation heightened with each passing week.
With only a few months of high school left, your senioritis may start acting up (believe me – mine did). But before you can sit back and relax, make sure you accomplish these five things before graduating high school.
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1. Order your yearbook & class ring
If you haven’t already ordered these two items… what are you waiting for!?
Your high school yearbook is arguably the most important memorabilia of senior year. I remember the thrill of flipping through it for the first time with my friends, pointing out as many pictures of ourselves as we could. One of my favorite memories from senior year is sitting in the hallway with friends and signing each other’s yearbooks. Even after graduating high school, I find myself reading through the messages from my friends.
As for your class ring, well… my mom made me get that. But I’m glad she did! It’s something incredibly special to remind you of your four years. Plus it’s the perfect accessory to rock with your cap and gown!
Check with your principal, dean, or guidance counselor to find out how to order your yearbook and class ring.
2. Meet with your guidance counselor
Having a guidance counselor who knows you personally is truly a blessing, so take advantage of it while you can. Your guidance counselor can help you check up on college applications, ensure that your chosen school receives final transcripts, and make sure that you’re all set for graduation. Your guidance counselor can also help you with financial aid resources and offer advice for college.
3. Visit college campuses
By now, you’re probably receiving college acceptance letters in the mail (yay!) Before you make your final decision, try to visit as many campuses as possible. Check the website for any open house or accepted student events. You’ll never really know if a college is right for you until you see it in person.
I remember being so optimistic about one school, only to change my mind once I visited. I just didn’t really feel “at home.” However, when I visited the school that I applied to on a whim, I loved it!
Keep an open mind when visiting college campuses. You never know where you’ll find yourself!
4. Plan something special with your friends
You and your best friends are probably wondering what you’re gonna do without each other in college. My friends and I were soooo sentimental at the end of senior year. We were with each other as much as humanly possible, and when we weren’t, our group chat was blowing up.
After graduating high school and going to college, you may only get to see your friends every few months. Take advantage of the time you have now and plan something special. Whether it’s an “after-prom” weekend, a sleepover, or a summer getaway – you will cherish the memories forever.
5. Order graduation announcements
Even if you aren’t having a graduation party, you can still send out graduation announcements to your friends and family! I love these announcements from Minted. Minted is a design marketplace that allows you to collaborate with amazing artists in order to create a personalized and unique announcement. They’ve recently announced their 2017 Graduation Collection, and the products are absolutely stunning. Here are a few of my favorite designs:
My family will be ordering my brother’s college graduation announcements from Minted – I can’t wait to show you how they come out! Minted’s announcements take about a week and a half to make, but make sure you get them out early!
Have you already gotten started on these five tasks? What do you think of the graduation announcements from Minted? Leave a comment down below!