Wow, I just realized how late it is! But I’m awake so I’m going to write this post anyway. I graduated! Can you believe it? I almost can.
I don’t have pictures from actual graduation yet, but these are some of my favorite so far.
I’m no longer a high school student. I’m officially a college freshman. This is a big change. And since my blog is called “healthy in high school” it’s time to change it too, right? I have created a brand new site, and I’m so excited for it. I love the look, and I can’t wait to be more involved with it in the future. Head on over there, and subscribe by going to the “side bar” page and scrolling down.
All of my content from this site is now over there. *fingers crossed everything worked with that*
So good bye high school and Healthy in High School…hello college and Blue-eyed Pre-med.
Thank you all for following these sporadic posts. I hope to get more consistent. Hopefully I will have more to write about once I get to college.
First of all, I changed my site tagline from “high school senior” to “college freshman”. !!!! So if you’re reading this in your email then head on over to the actual website and check it out! (It’s the little things that make me happy.)
1. A supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance.
2. A crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. Symptoms include: laziness, an over-excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts, sweatpants, athletic shorts, and sweatshirts. Also features a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude. The only known cure is a phenomenon known as Graduation. -Urban Dictionary
Senioritis is real. Even for good students. And it is awful. However, I am convinced that something similar happens to everyone at the end of the school year. The difference here (I am sure that is is worse for college seniors) is that seniors are at the end of something. They don’t have next year to come back to. They have something new coming, huge changes, they get to/have to leave. And that’s hard for most people. They have been working HARD for the past 4 years to get into “that” college or get “that” job, and now that they are accepted to “that” college. Do the last few months of senior year even matter?? It is hard to find motivation to finish out the school year when it has hardly any impact on their future plans. Cue the Pinterest and Instagram..
And then once we realize the quotes aren’t really helping we decide to open our books to study.
HA actually that’s not how it works.
Once we finally close that Pinterest app, we probably go and annoy our friends/family or whatever unfortunate soul happens to be around us by complaining about all of the work we have to do. Once they banish us from their presence, this is where the tears come in. Or the chocolate. OR BOTH.
If we ever finally sit down with our work, we’ll probably proceed to make at least 10 to-do lists about the things that we have to do and two separate count downs to the end of the year. Now, to outsiders, this may look like we are being productive and organized. Au contraire. This is the oldest trick in the book for a procrastinator, which all seniors seem to be.
Once we realize that there are no more to-do lists to be made *gasp* we’ll tackle that first (and probably easiest) item on our list. After finishing that, we’ll think “YOU ARE AN AMAZING PERSON. YOU DESERVE MORE CHOCOLATE AND A NICE LOOONNG BREAK FROM THE WORK THAT YOU JUST CONQUERED.” When, in reality, we just set out our notes and made our desk look pretty and took a picture of it all.
Okay, okay this may (or may not) be an exaggeration of the events that actually take place during one’s senior year. But now that I have lived through this (that makes it sound like the worst thing ever, which I’m sure it’s not:D) I have a few tips to give soon-to-be seniors.
Get the “Forest” app for studying. It works wonders. You basically set a timer for how long you want to study. If you close out of the app, you get a dead tree. But if you stay in the app for the entire time, you get a healthy tree added to your forest. They also have white rain sounds (city, rainforest, etc.) for you to use. *Tip- don’t answer phone calls because it will kill your tree:D* You can also set a “break timer” so that you can get in that Pinterest time in order that you don’t go crazy. This was the biggest way for me to stay focused during finals week.
Take study breaks to exercise or eat (good food). Don’t try to eat while studying. You’ll just get distracted, trust me.
When you’re hard core studying, don’t listen to music that you could sing along with. Keep the throw-back songs (:D) for when you’re just copying notes or making flashcards. Pandora has study music stations. I’m sure youtube and Spotify do as well. Or use a white-noise app. (OR THE FOREST APP). My favorite way to study though is with The Strive Studies on YouTube. Go check her out,. It’s amazing how helpful it can be to “study with another person”.
Enjoy life. You only get high school senior year once. Go to homecoming and prom. Go see your last sports games. Hang out with friends and do absolutely nothing or go out for a fancy-ish dinner on Saturday night. Eat pizza. Wear sweatpants to school. This is your last year.
But do say no to some fun things. If you know that you have a big test the next day, don’t go out with friends that particular night/don’t watch the newest episode of Grey’s Anatomy.
Everyone is going to find ways that work for them. But you have to work to find those ways. My biggest tip for any student is this: TREAT EVERY TEST OR HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT LIKE IT MATTERS TO YOUR FINAL GRADE. Because it really does. The first test at the beginning of the semester will set the tone for the rest of the class. If you do well on it, you’ll give yourself a cushion for when the material becomes harder. Start each semester with a good work ethic, and you’ll do fine. But don’t slack just because the material is easy now, because (especially for you CCP students) it will get 10x harder within the next week. Trust me.
Okay, longer post than normal, but those are some of my thoughts on senioritis. It can be a challenging time for most people, it definitely was for me. Please, please, please don’t beat yourself up about it. This goes for you straight-A students. Don’t feel like you’re a failure for not wanting to do the work anymore. But even if you don’t want to do it, do it anyway.
The last few months of senior year still matter. Your college gets to see your final transcript. Show them that you are the student they think you are. Work hard, and then enjoy your summer. Time does pass. Before you know it, you’ll be graduated and at college. Don’t waste senior year complaining about it. Enjoy it.
So this is a Happy Easter, 18th birthday, almost finals week kind of post.
The weather was beautiful for Easter! It was one of the first really nice days we had had in awhile so we were able to wear dresses…without the sweaters!! 😉 I had pictures to put up which would have made this more interesting, but for some reason they aren’t uploading…oh well.
I turned 18! Again, I had pictures, but my laptop has a mind of its own sometimes. If I can get it to work, I’ll put them up at some point. But anyway, my dad got me a beautiful locket! And my mom got tickets for us, my sister, and Noni to go see Julianne and Derek Hough on their tour!! I am beyond excited 🙂
And this is my last week of real classes, next week is finals. So I am pretty sure that we have learned all the new material and now it’s just all review. It’s crazy to think that in two weeks I’ll be done with high school! And in just over a month, I will officially be graduated!
A new day, a new week, a new month. It’s already February 2017. I feel like I will be saying this every single month this year…it’s just crazy to me.
Tomorrow, I will be leaving for my Model UN convention!!! I’ve been preparing for this for several months so I am ready to get together with the other delegates from the other schools to start thinking about and “resolving” world issues. And, of course, I love the whole dressing up and acting all professional part…pictures to come:)
This past Sunday, I had one of my last piano recitals:( We had a good time though.
Other than that, it has been a normal week of school: eat, study, sleep, repeat. I’m getting closer and closer to graduation. T-minus 13 weeks.
Happy Tuesday to you all! I have been meaning to write this post for several days, and I am just now getting around to it:) A few weeks ago, I think I mentioned this, I visited my friend at Purdue. It was just supposed to be a “friend trip”, but…I ended up loving the school itself…for a lot of reasons, but most importantly, it seems to have almost everything I love about all my other schools. Before I looked into Purdue, I wished that I could find a school that had every aspect I was looking for, and in came Purdue.
Things I loved:
Renowned biological sciences department
Variety of biology majors
Big school (it’s Big10)
Quaint college town
Football (and other sports)
Close to Indianapolis (!)
Things I didn’t love:
Not a big city like Indi or Columbus or Chicago
I really can’t think of things that I didn’t like about Purdue…if I think of anything, I’ll add it:)
Also a bonus but not completely reasons to go here:
My friend Megan is a student
My friend Heather is also applying (potential roommate…!!)
The honors dorms are brand new and feel like a hotel 😀
I applied a now I just have to wait for a decision! Not sure when they come out though.
I had an amazing visit with Heather and Megan, and now I just miss them more:)
We were in camp mode: no makeup, no doing hair 😀
And then I came home and had a fun visit with Aunt Emily and Phil and celebrating Noni’s birthday.
So I have applied to all the schools on my list: Purdue, Albion, BGSU, OSU, Wittenberg, Butler, Hope, UChicago. I decided to apply to UChicago because it does offer me a lot, and I liked the school when I visited. The only reason I didn’t want to apply at first was because I didn’t think I could get in with my ACT score–>which is NOT a good reason, ha ha.
In other college news, I’ve been accepted to Albion as well!!!! I couldn’t believe it when I got the letter. I actually got home from Purdue and found it in the mailbox. That is the best thing to come home to after a long, sleepy drive. Three decisions in, five more to go.
In A&P we are learning all of the muscles. We just finished all of the bones and bony landmarks/muscle and nervous tissue. Now we are onto the muscles and nerves and joints. In two weeks, we get to take a trip to the cadaver lab! My friend and I can’t wait for that.
This past weekend was my fall break. Ahhh, the perks of college:) But what made this extra special was a visit from my grandma who lives in Idaho. She came to our house on Friday and left yesterday. We had a wonderful time with her, but, as always, she left too soon:)
On Saturday, my mom usually has her bible study at a local coffee shop, but this week no one showed up except for her so Kaitlyn, my grandma, and I went with her, and we had a very interesting conversation. We talked about the essentials of salvation compared to what it important for growth in your salvation compared to what is incorrect. We used a list of various beliefs that I got from a course I am going through for CILT. I enjoyed it.
My dad got home on Sunday, and we had a relaxed afternoon of sitting and talking and reading ending up with pizza.
Then on Monday, Grandma wanted to visit my campus and I had a guidance appointment so we headed up to a diner near campus to grab lunch. I showed Grandma and my family around to my classrooms and different parts of campus. Then I scheduled my classes!
*I am so excited about my classes next semester–Political Science, Biology II w/ lab, College Algebra, University (a career search class), GSW (a writing class), as well as Latin and another writing class (my online classes). I will be extremely busy next semester and I do not look forward to Algebra…but it is a good mix of classes.*
Anyway, after our ‘campus tour’ we headed home and over to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for dinner and our mini piano recital. We played a few songs for Grandma (from Idaho) including a fun duet between Grandma (not from Idaho :D) and me. Kaitlyn got to play an organ piece for her. Tuesday, Grandma came to school for lunch before leaving for her flight.
This morning, I got up early and went to the high school to take the PSAT. I met the guidance counselor at his office and he walked me back to the field house where the exam was being proctored. It was slightly awkward to be there, but it was alright. I think I did OK on the Reading and Writing, but I do not think I did well at all on the two math sections. UGH! Oh well…the only thing that I have to gain from a good score on this is the National Merit Scholarship. OK, that is a big something to gain, but the scores don’t go to colleges. 🙂
This week is flying by, and so far I am keeping up!! Have a good week.