Congratulations! You graduated high school!
Graduating high school can be exciting, but going out into the real world can be terrifying, so here are 5 things I have learned since I have graduated high school.
In high school, you have a 8am-3pm school schedule to keep you on track, but after you graduate time is yours and you get to decide what to do with it. You can take a nap in the middle of the day or schedule your first class at 2pm if you aren’t a morning person.
2. High School Relationships
If you are about to graduate and have a boyfriend/girlfriend, chances are you probably won’t stay together (even though you PROMISE you will), and that is not necessarily a bad thing. Of course there are exceptions (my sister is still married to her high school sweetheart and it is beyond me), but you will probably go to college or get a job and realize the only thing you two really had in common is that you went to the same high school.
After high school it is important to keep your friends, but it is also important to make new friends at college or at work. Friendships will require more effort since you will not see your friends 8 hours per day anymore, so take time to reply in the group chat and maintain your Snapchat streak.
Just because your college advisor made you apply to 10 colleges doesn’t mean you have to go to the them. Not everyone goes to college right after high school or even at all! College is expensive and if you are unsure about what degree you want or what you are interested in, it might be a good idea to wait and save money until you figure out what you want to do.
You will start to view how you spend money differently. In high school when you have money it is easy to blow it all at once because your parents are still paying for every thing, but in college every trip to Starbucks and every time you eat out is counted more carefully when you have bills to pay (which is just one reason to always to take advantage of free things).