To Anyone Still in High School

It’s crazy to think it hasn’t even been a year since I’ve been in college. It’s crazy to think a year ago my friends and I were counting down the days until we threw our red caps into the air. It’s crazy to think this time last year I was sitting in a desk for six hours straight, watching the clock tick ever so slowly. Time really does fly, and before we know it we are living in the future and not paying enough attention to the present. If there’s any advice I have to give anyone still in high school, it’s to enjoy every moment. Stop wishing you were a senior, or wishing you were graduating already. Stop complaining about the long school days or how horrible your school is. Instead, turn your negativity in the right direction.

Enjoy the time you have while you can. Look at those long six-hour school days as six whole hours to see all your friends for five out of the seven days in a week. Before you know it, you will only be able to see those people every once in a while and most of the time it’s via social media. Enjoy the time you have while you can. Look at being in high school as some of your last chances to be irresponsible. Yes, college comes with a lot of fun, but it also comes with a lot of work that consumes more of your time than any other work you would have in high school. Cherish being able to “wing it” on a quiz or a homework. Before you know it, you won’t have that option anymore.

It is a very common thing for people to live in the future, dwell in the past, and forget about the present. However, we should all learn to pay more attention to the current moment. In a blink of an eye, your going from a junior in high school, to graduation practice, to packing up your life for college. Next thing you know, you'll be blinking your eye and graduating college and off to the real world.

Time is a crazy thing, but we should all learn to treasure every second that we get.