In one week I will be graduating high school. During the next four years you finally decide what you want to do with your life. Going into sophomore year, you will realize that getting a marketing major sounds boring. Soon enough you will find out there’s a world out there that needs to be explored, and there’s more to life than just Kansas. Prepare for this wild ride you’re about to embark on because high school will throw you through the ringer.

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You thought things couldn’t get better than what they were like in 2013; you’ve already seen The Avengers (aka the greatest movie of all time) and Matt Smith was the Doctor. I hate to break it to you, but rewatching the Avengers kind of sucks now. Also, in a few short months Matt Smith will announce he’s quitting Doctor Who, and his replacement makes you stop watching the show entirely. Besides our current national government, 2017 is pretty awesome. There’s hoverboards and there’s a new Star Wars film.

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Your musical taste will change completely and it’s for the best. Trust me when I say stop listening to Katy Perry; her music today is total garbage. Please apologize to your best friend for calling Lady Gaga untalented. Literally, she’s a triple threat now and her super bowl performance brought you to tears. Then you discovered classic rock isn’t just for old people. Bands like Fleetwood Mac, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Queen will be your anthems during your junior and senior years.

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Now we have to talk about your fears. Failure is inevitable, and you can’t win everything. Though we are a type A personality and an extreme micro-manager, we can’t control everything in our life. You can give it your all and still be not enough, but that’s just life. Other times you will give no effort, and that will reflect in your grades and personal life. Later on, you will come to love driving. It’s a freedom that allows you to create experiences with your friends that will stick with you forever. Finally, don’t waste your time trying to impress people, in particular guys. You’re just wasting your time. Luckily, you fall in love with a 5-pound yorkie named Skipper.

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Remember to study hard, but don’t expect to get straight A’s. As I am yourself from the future, I should encourage you to study hard, but I know that’s not going to happen. We love procrastinating too much. Still take school seriously, but don’t forget it’s just high school. We aren’t going to an Ivy League college, and WSU will take you if you don’t have a 4.0.

High school will be a new start for you. You will get involved with many clubs and activities that will shape who you are. Through Color Guard, you will learn what it is to be a leader, and it isn’t always about getting a good score. You also learn how to deal with all different of types of people and how to keep peace in the workplace. Somehow you get involved in journalism too. You become a better writer and learned kids are baby goats. (It’s an inside joke.) In newspaper, you will get the chance to travel to Indianapolis and have the best week of your life.

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So here you are, about to enter high school. You are scared of graduating because you know that you will have to grow up after you leave. News flash! You have seven more years of college following high school, and you should be more afraid of student debt. I think you’d be proud of me. I’m going into college as a second-semester sophomore, and I own Star Wars bed sheets. The road ahead of you will be the time of your life, and go ahead and make a few mistakes. Just remember to be true to yourself and everything will be alright.