There are only two hundred and fifty-one days left of high school for us seniors—two hundred and fifty-one days to make the most of this place we have called “home” for the last three years. Everything that seems so second nature is about to change.
Senior year is infamously associated with the stresses of figuring out your life plan in a matter of a few months, whether that be college, the armed forces, or employment. Seventeen and eighteen year olds are asked to instantly grow up and become adults while still having to fill out a pass to use the restroom. Sometimes we forget to sit back and enjoy our fleeting time together. Instead of fearing what lies ahead, seniors should focus on living in the present.
Wear a bold outfit to school one day (within the dress code, of course); don’t be afraid to show your true self. You never know; maybe you’ll receive some unanticipated compliments!
Sit with a new group of people at lunch; don’t let the unofficial social map that is lunch tables dictate your seating choice and leave you with feelings of regret in the future.
Handwrite a letter to your best friend; in a year, tell him/her to open it after you have been apart at college.
Although senior year is indeed full of stressful and life altering decisions, it is important to enjoy the last year as an adolescent. Even if it is just for a day, relax. Indulge in all that Hopatcong High School has to offer before you are left with “what ifs.”
The rest of your life is being shaped right now, whether you know it or not. Seemingly minute decisions you make each day play a role in shaping your future. It is not too late to stake your claim as a Hopatcong Chief. Once a Chief, always a Chief.