Things To Do Before You Go To College
It’s easy to get caught up in thinking about college, your career path and what city you’ll live in after grad school, but constantly focusing on the future leaves no room to enjoy the present.
Teen angst aside, high school can—and should be—one of the most fun times of your life. Many students have no bills to pay, no mouths to feed and at most, a part-time job at Chipotle. Enjoy it while you can!
Before you head out to college and launch into a world of independence, accountability and responsibility, consider creating a bucket list for high school. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Take A (Calculated) Risk
No, we’re not talking about skydiving or spray painting your name on a bridge at midnight. Instead, do something that would make you truly happy if you succeed and genuinely mad at yourself if you don’t take the opportunity when you have the chance. Ask that cute classmate to the prom. Run for class president. Try out for the lead in the school musical. The worst thing that could happen isn’t that you fail; it’s that you regret never even trying.
Capture Moments for Posterity
Thanks to cellphones, you have no excuse not to have thousands of photos of your friends, teachers, family and teammates. Make a video time capsule to watch at your 10-year high school reunion. Buy a yearbook, and get people to sign it. Start a podcast where you talk about things that matter to students at your school. Write for the school newspaper. Craft a letter to your future self with details about your life now and how you expect your life to be in 10, 20 or 50 years.
Tie Up Loose Ends
Did you break someone’s heart? Ruin a friendship? Start a rumor? Make amends with the person, and ask for forgiveness—or offer it if you were on the receiving end of the hurt.
Your teachers, the guidance counselor, your pastor, your first boss, your parents—someone provided you with emotional or financial support, gave you an opportunity, or helped you make good decisions. Let them know how much they mean to you in person or through a sincere letter of thanks.
Figure Out What Makes You Happy
Do you love playing the guitar? Going to musicals? Working with kids?
Nursing sick animals back to health? You don’t need to decide on a major until well into college, but discovering what brings you joy can help you determine where you might want to attend school and what fields you might want to pursue.
Enjoy high school while you can. You’ll be adulting soon enough!