My whole schooling career up until senior year were pretty much the same. I was always the quiet girl. I felt people criticizing me all the time. I was awkward. I got bullied. I got teased. I felt completely alone. I didn’t talk to pretty much anyone in my class because most of them were rude and mean.
You would think that after having a child in my junior year, that my life at school would be even more hell.
For those who don’t know, I left school after the first trimester of my Junior year. I was about 8 months pregnant when I left. I had my daughter just under a month after leaving. I didn’t drop out though, I went to online school. I became very depressed and decided that after my junior year was completed, I would go back and re-enroll at my old high school for my senior year. I knew my daughter deserved a happy mother, and I deserved my senior year as well.
Before senior year began I made it a point to do the following things:
- Get out of my comfort zone – I rarely ever spoke to people I didn’t know. I was shy and socializing gave my anxiety. I decided I would talk to anyone and everyone. It didn’t matter. I just talked to people.
- Make amends – Being a teen mother, I fell under a lot of scrutiny. I made the choice to not necessarily forget what certain people said to me or behind my back, but to let it go. I ended up sitting next to one of the girls who talked very badly about me when I was pregnant. I can’t even tell you what she said about me to this day because I let it go. We talked in class every day. We weren’t friends or anything, but we got along and were able to speak like adults with each other. It meant the world to me to get rid of that anger and forgive her. Even though I never actually told her that I forgave her.
- Have fun! – all of my other years of school I didn’t do much for fun. I was too focused on school and didn’t really have any friends to have fun with. So I decided I would have fun whether it was alone or with friends!
- Participate – I always sat in the back of the class observing. I didn’t participate much because of my anxiety. My senior year I took every advantage to participate. It brought out the social butterfly in me and I loved it!
These things may not be comparable with your life since we all face different challenges. But these were mine. I faced my challenges head on and now I can say confidently that I’m more outgoing, and much more socially comfortable than I was before. I have made great strides this past year, and I challenge all of the current High School Seniors across the whole country to do the same! Really pinpoint what your challenge areas are, and utilize senior year to improve on them!
I got to become a newer and better version of myself. I also got to get closer with my class and spend our senior year together, which was amazing. I hope you’re able to do the same with your senior year! MAKE IT WORTHWHILE!
make your own senior challenge