We spend 4 years, 40 months, and almost a thousand days in high school. We experience our highest highs and, sadly, also our lowest lows. But throughout the rocky ride that is high school, there is a set number of things that we should accomplish before we say goodbye to the ups and downs. Below is a bucket list that we should — and hopefully will — check off by the end of senior year.
Believe it or not, you’ll miss the cafeteria food one day. Savor every last bit of the soggy bread, boiled vegetables, and repetitive stir-fried dishes — I can guarantee you that you (hopefully) won’t see them later on in your life. If you simply refuse to go for the food, go for the companionship. The great thing about eating the school lunch is that they come with friends to enjoy the 30 minutes with — for free!
Yea, a bit counterintuitive that you skip school when you‘re a student. But when else can you try it? Treat yourself and your friends with a mental-health day and take a break from your hectic schedule. While you’re at it, try not to feel too guilty — you’ll be back in school slaving away the next day anyway.
There’s much more to high school than studying. Take for instance, sports. You’ll never understand the thrill and euphoria of watching your school’s team shoot a goal, make a three-pointer, or run to first place until you go watch. Take your best buds with you to any sports event and soak in the crowd’s loud cheering — or better yet, be a part of them!
Teachers, teachers teachers. Although they hurl mountains and mountains of homework towards our direction, we just can’t help but appreciate them. Yes, we constantly point fingers and frame them as the cause of our sleepless nights and constant depressions, but it’s undeniable that they’ve made a difference in our lives. Tell the teachers you adore how much you appreciate their time and effort into helping you prepare for your future; it’ll make their careers all the more meaningful. Ultimately, a simple “thank you” is all they want to hear.
The alumni who went say prom was a special night. Even more, alumni who didn’t attend say the number one thing they regret is not going to prom. So, don’t be silly and take the chance to dress up fancy with your friends, ride a limo, and drink mocktails. With or without a partner, enjoy the night while you, your friends, and the night are still young!
What happier, lighter way to spend your last few months in high school than planning out one last prank? Go full out (but consider the consequences while doing so) in collaborating with those you’ve spent the last four years with. The school gave you enough misery and now it’s time to strike back!
Before you walk out those doors, make sure to tie any loose ends. If you were mistreated, stand up for yourself. If you were the one mistreating, apologize. Have any friends that drifted apart? Take another shot! Also, don’t forget to confess to that significant other (no matter how mortifying it may be) — who knows, maybe a bit of courage is all that’s needed for a lifelong relationship.
Ultimately, just take advantage of your youth, be carefree, be silly. It’s never too late to start on the list so go for it! High school is no doubt a time that you’ll look back at, so make sure it was truly, genuinely worth it.
– Emily Kim (’16)