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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A letter to the class of 2015

Seeing as it's my first day of college classes, I found it to be fitting that this post went live today.

To the class of 2015,

First of all, congratulations on being seniors. High school is by no means an easy feat, and the fact that you got through almost all of it is awesome. 

I want to take a moment to encourage you to do a few things in your brief time as a senior in high school.

First off, just apply to college. If you dedicate a weekend or two to just sitting down and cranking it out, it'll be over with, and your mom will stop stressing you out. Hopefully.

However, don't be afraid to ask your parents to chill out about college. It's a very stressful experience if you make it one, but if you make it calm, it'll be calm. It's what you make it.

Remember that you will end up where you are supposed to be. I know you'll get tired of hearing it soon enough, but it's true! My freshman year of high school I thought that I would swim for Stanford University, and clearly that didn't happen because Calculus, Physics, and shoulder injuries suck. Regardless, what I wanted out of a school changed drastically in 4 years, and it will likely change in the year you're applying to college as well. Roll with it. You may have had your heart set on Harvard, but let yourself fall in love with other schools as well. They might be better for you in the long run.

Secondly, stop focusing on your friend group. I was in classes with people I didn't really associate with normally, and I realized that I missed out on making friends with a lot of people. Of course, I did my best to become close with them in the time I had left, and I'm so glad I did, but I wish that I had done it earlier. Do it.

Third, take TONS of pictures. You will blow up everyone's Instagram feed, and you will not give a damn. Take them all. You have the right to show everyone how much fun you are having.

Do something that you never would think to do. For example, powderpuff football. I am extremely uncoordinated and terrible at running, so signing up to do that in front of boys (boys coach and watch the game) was kinda terrifying for me. But, I did it anyways, and had a ton of fun!

Finally, don't forget your parents. Mine were insane senior year. My mom was almost always freaking out about something college related, and I'll be honest, it got annoying. But as I learned last Friday when I cried saying goodbye to them, just hangout with them, occasionally, while you can. And your dogs too.

Hats off to ya, 2015.

 xx, Victoria

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