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10 Reasons Why You’ll Fall Head over Heels in Love with Senior Year

My heart is always a little bittersweet as I get ready to send off my 2017 seniors! Although it’s always a little hard to see these amazing young people become adults, my emotions are ALWAYS overwhelmed with excitement more than anything else! I bet it’s because I’m a mom myself that I always feel the little tug of these seniors leaving the nest, but I also can’t wait for this day for my own children. Senior year is so amazing and filled with many memories, and that’s what I wanted to talk about today.

All of your school moments that you’ve experienced – from bummer to breathtaking – have brought you to today, the last few weeks of summer. This is your year of lasts & it’s time to celebrate it! True, there is also a lot of planning to be done, college applications, {and I have a checklist to help with that}, take the ACT one more time…but TODAY, in this moment, there are 10 reasons I want you to fall in love with your senior year! You can make THIS year outshine the rest!

1. You’re finally at the top!

You’re finally a senior which is great! You have a lot going on, but remember those first years, and help out that lonely or confused freshmen -those at the top shine brightest when they lift others up

2. Your brain is not a day, week, month planner…It’s time to get organized and start making a list of what needs to be done

Whether it’s a paper list or app, NOW is time for Organization 101 – it relieves a lot of stress. I’m the queen of stress…and also the queen of lists. Don’t leave your high school walls still writing with a Sharpie on the back of your hand  #WHATthatpaperwasduetoday

3. Remember that every game, concert, play…is your last as part of the student body – don’t sit home all year – go out and enjoy a few of the LASTS! Yes, study hard, but also make time for a few fun events.

4. Get those senior pictures done. I know, shameless plug, right?

…but even if I’m not your senior photographer {I know, crazy talk}, GET SENIOR PORTRAITS! Seriously! It may be the last formal portraits you have taken until your WEDDING DAY

And for the guys, I know it may seem like the worst day ever to go get senior pictures, but it makes us Moms over the moon happy – if not for you, do it for Mom.

5. Careful what you post on your social media

I’m sure you’ve already heard this a 100x, but whenever you put something out in instagram, facebook, twitter and the next big social app – it becomes PUBLIC for anyone…including a future boss and college admissions boards. Keep things clean and mature.

6. Be real!

I am as guilty as the next person of being attached to my phone, but when you’re sitting in a group of friends – BE WITH YOUR FRIENDS – you may not see many of these people ever again once you toss your grad hat up in the air on graduation day.

7. Work hard + play hard

Yep, your grades, clubs, extra curriculars are all important, but equally important is having fun with your friends & family. Keep stress in check!

8. Don’t be afraid to say goodbye – When one door closes, another one opens is a phrase that rings true:

This is a year of LASTS, so yes, it’s a big year. But moving out into a new chapter is exciting too. No need to be scared of it, look at it as your next great adventure

9. If there have been things you’ve been scared to try – this is the year to try it! You’re still at home, You have your family near you if it fails…which brings me to my next point

10. This is the time to appreciate your family. It might seem like you just want to leave and move on to college, but don’t forget to love and appreciate the people who helped you on your life journey so far! Make time to take your siblings to ice cream, or to write your parents a note. It is a great skill to learn to appreciate people who have been there for you.

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As fashionable as she is smart. Bridget’s academic smarts + drive didn’t stop her from making the most of her senior year last year. She had her last homecoming fun, cheered friends on on their events, and was ready to move on to the next chapter

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Matthew is going to do just fine in his freshmen year… He loves Starbucks {caffeine} about as much as I do. Those late college study night’s should be no problem for him 🙂

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As Kelsie heads off to Georgia for her freshmen year there will be few obstacles that stand in her way. She traveled all over to find the exact college where she felt at “home”.

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Molly started her college path before she even tossed her grad cap into the air.  She knew what she wanted to major in right away, but if you don’t, there is plenty of time. Make that checklist and start there!

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As cute as she is smart. If you have your eye on the prize and you’re driven to reach it quickly, that’s awesome! But remember to have some fun along the way + make some great memories with your high school friends before you all head out to your next great adventure

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You have Some Senior Sparkle – Shine On & Shine Bright

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