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April 9th, 2012,
things to do before high school graduation

By Alexander Diedrick

It may not seem like it now, but the four years you spend in high school go by pretty quickly. One minute you’re taking driver’s ed, and the next thing you know it’s time for high school graduation.

Before your time flies by, there are a couple “must dos” to ensure that you can look back fondly on high school. Whether you are right at the end of your senior year, freshman year, or somewhere in between, you should keep these things in mind.

Before You Graduate From High School ….

Try Every Pursuit You Can
Even near the end of high school, chances are you’re not sure where you’ll end up in the future. Countless career paths exist out there, and to have found your calling in the town that you grew up in is very rare.

That’s why you need to be pro-active about finding what excites you. Once you graduate from high school and run off to college, you’ll have a number of opportunities to find your passion, but why wait until then? Going into college with a solid idea of what you want to do with the rest of your life can save you time, money, and unbroken bones.

Take up a musical instrument, even if it’s only for a few months. Attend a club at school that you would normally never go to. Take a class through your local park district or community college just to try something new.

Julia Child didn’t learn to cook until she was almost 40. Stan Lee didn’t start drawing superheroes until he was 43. Do you really think that you know what you’ll want to do with your life by the time you graduate? I don’t think so. So take advantage of your school activities and try some new things before graduation.

Don’t Push Your Family Away
I know it seems like the “rebellious” thing to do, but as high school graduation approaches, you need to remember who is really important: your family.

This may come as a shock, but spoiler alert: you probably aren’t going to be friends with the same people after you have graduated. But your family will always be there. And as you graduate high school and possibly move away to college, you are going to be seeing them a lot less. So it’s crucial to take advantage of the time you have when you can.

Enjoy Your Youth
The most important “must do” to remember is to keep yourself grounded. Many high school students end up taking themselves way too seriously by the time they graduate. That’s fine to do in moderation, but you have to remember something: this is most likely the last time you have little to no real responsibilities.

It may seem like college is just one big party, but for those who actually take it seriously, that’s where you make your first decisions as an adult. Which leaves your time in high school as some prime pre-adult years. And you need to remember this.

Hang out with your friends as much as possible. Be irresponsible once in a while (you are more likely to get away with it now). Although your life will typically get better after high school, the months leading up to high school graduation are the time where you can just let the world go right on by as you play Xbox until your brain rots.

If you keep these 3 thoughts in mind in the months leading up to your high school graduation, you are much more likely to avoid several disastrous attempts at re-creating a time-traveling DeLorean in an attempt to fix your mistakes.

Alexander Diedrick is a television writing and production student at Columbia College of Chicago. In addition to producing and writing for Price of Admission, a movie and television review show for college students, Alexander is a writing intern at myFootpath, LLC.