High school graduation means saying goodbye to teachers, tests, and 6:30 A.M. wakeup calls to make sure you get to homeroom on time. But while you say goodbye to some of the negatives of high school when you throw your cap in the air, you still have an entire summer of fun times with your friends before you each head off to your separate college campuses. Make the most of your time and create a few more memories by making a senior summer bucket list for you and your friends. Check out HC’s summer bucket list for a model, and feel free to add some of your own!
Plan a road trip. Gather a group of friends together and sit down to map out your route. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate, cross-country trip, but make sure you cover enough ground to see everything you want to see. Pack light, but remember to bring lots of snacks for the ride and, of course, a camera to document your trip. You’ll have tons of great photos to hang up in your dorm room come September, and lots of stories to tell your new friends.
Get your yearbook signed. It’s sometimes hard to get everyone to sign your yearbook before you graduate, so make it a goal to have everyone in your class write a note before you all head off to school. It will be a great way to make sure you see everyone one last time, and an easy way to get some of your memories in writing. If you ever get a little bit homesick at college, you can open your yearbook and reminisce.
Make a time capsule. This may be very Britney Spears circa Crossroads, but making a time capsule is a great way to preserve your memories of high school and have an excuse to get back together with old friends years down the line. Include photos of you and your friends, any souvenirs you’ve collected through outings with your friends, and a note about where you are now and what you hope things will be like ten years down the road. Amy, a senior at Michigan State University, made a time capsule with her group of friends at the end of high school, and plans to open it once all her friends get back home for graduation. “I literally have no idea what we put in it, but it’s going to be interesting to see what we wrote and what pictures we put in it and how much things have changed in four years,” she says.