Ask Ed: to a senior

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Dear Ed,

As a senior, I’m having a lot of stress about graduation. There are so many events in such a small amount of time, I can’t seem to keep up. Could you give me advice on how to deal with the stress and to enjoy the last weeks of my senior year?


Sincerely, R.B.


Dear R.B.,

I know being a senior is hard. I get questions like this all the time. Being a senior is both nerve-racking and exciting. Once you’re done with high school, you’re an adult and most likely have to care for yourself from now on. I’m sure you didn’t feel that way at the beginning of senior year, but I’m sure you’re feeling it now. The senior events at the end of the year are very stressful. You have a lot of things going on one after the other. It can be hard to think about this, but I think what you should do is not let school work stress you out as much, because there isn’t much point if you are on track to graduate. Around this time of year, there isn’t a whole lot of school work anyways especially since AP tests have come and past. What you should be putting the most amount of your energy in right now is senior projects. You want your project to be as memorable as possible. And also because you need it to graduate. The best way to enjoy these last few weeks of high school is spending time with your friends. While school is important, the relationships you make with the people in your school is equally as important in a lot of ways. You should be spending the time with these people a lot because you are going away and might not see them for a while. If you want to have fun these last few weeks of high school, make more time for your friends and other important people in your life. You may find that sharing these remaining moments with these people will relieve some stress for you and help you grow closer with these people. Whether you’re going to college next year, or joining the work force, or just chilling out, you should remember that you are an adult. You should learn how to take care of yourself. You should also learn to leave high school in the past. You don’t want to have peaked in high school because if this is the peak, I don’t want to know how it could get worse. Always be striving to be a better person, whether it be in academics or in your job. You should never feel too complacent because life isn’t that long and if you let it pass you by, there’s no getting it back.

Sincerely, Ed