Today we are going to be talking about what needs to be on your senior year bucket list! Of course, you can (and should!) customize, but these are my suggestions on things to do your senior year of high school.
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Alrighty, let’s get into it!
1. WRITE A LETTER TO YOUR FUTURE SELF
I’ve done this myself before my exchange year (junior year) started, and I loved opening it at the end and reflecting on my hopes and goals.
Seeing what I’ve reached and done directly compared to before the year is incredibly amazing and I recommend doing it even more for senior year.
2. GO TO FOOTBALL GAMES
Get that school spirit movin’ girls! I have to admit, I went to every. single. game. in my year in the US, I only missed one where I was out of state.
But even if you’re not a game addict like me, going to a football game in your last year of High School is a must!
3. PARTICIPATE IN SPIRIT WEEK
Even if you don’t have all the clothes themed to the day, try to participate in Spirit Week! You can take fun pictures with your friends in school and have the memories forever.
4. GO TO HOMECOMING
I know, these school dances aren’t something for everyone, but come on girls! You get to wear a pretty dress and be a princess for a day!
Get your girls together and go to homecoming. You don’t need dates to go.
5. JOIN A SPORTS TEAM
Joining a team has so many advantages! You will get fitter, find new friends, have a great time, and can reference it in your college applications.
If you’re good at a sport, that’s perfect! But if you’re not, like I was, there are still teams that don’t require tryouts, like Cross Country or Track. Just inform yourself in school or the school website and find out the process.
6. JOIN A CLUB
A total hater of sports? I’m really sorry, but you could join a club. If you pick well, you will find new friends and people interested in the same things you are. Also, it’s pretty good looking in your college application, if you participated in clubs and are involved in them.
7. GO TO SCHOOL EVENTS
This one is a little more general. Visiting school events is a big part of experiencing high school to the fullest. So why not?
8. GO TO A PEP RALLY
They are so much fun! I love hanging out with my friends at school events like these.
9. HAVE BEST FRIENDS
Having best friends makes your high school time a hundred times better. You don’t need everyone to like you. A few good friends are worth so much more than being “fame” in school. Try to bond with people you feel comfortable with and develop real friendships if you haven’t yet.
10. GO CAMPING
Camping is literally so much fun. S’mores, bonfires, games, and fun. Get your friends together, or even your family, and spend a night camping.
Broke? Check out some fun job ideas in how to make money as a student, or just camp in your backyard! I’ve done that in spring break and it was so much fun.
Related: How to Save Money as a Student
11. TAKE A TRIP WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Since you’re a senior now, I assume you are old enough to take a weekend or day trip with your friends. Whether that’s a road trip or a train ride, you can spend the day, or weekend, in the next city, state, or beach. Doesn’t that sound like a fantastic time?
12. DO A SENIOR PRANK
These are more common by the end of the year, but senior pranks are a fun way to really BE a senior. Yay!
13. SKIP SCHOOL FOR 1 DAY
I don’t wanna get into skipping school or whether or not you do that outside of this day, but senior skip day is a tradition that needs to be kept up!
14. HAVE A SLEEPOVER
Sleepovers are one of my favorites. Invite your friends over, make popcorn, get ice cream, pizza, and other snacks, and watch movies, play games, and take pictures. You won’t forget it!
15. APPLY FOR COLLEGES
It’s time to get serious, girl! Maybe you have already picked your favorite colleges, but now it’s time to apply! If you’d like tips on that, comment below!
Need some tips for your application? Check out my guide here!
16. TAKE SENIOR PICTURES
Now, you can either book a professional photographer and have gorgeous pictures, or you can swap with your friends if you have a good camera already. Whatever you prefer, both have advantages and you will get memorable photos either way.
17. BE PRODUCTIVE IN BREAKS
Please don’t just hang around in your room when you don’t have school! If you’re not going on a trip, there are still ways to be productive in breaks. Try to make a bucket list for the break and do something every day.
18. GO TO A BASKETBALL GAME
Whether or not you have been to them before, don’t miss out on Basketball in your senior year!
19. VISIT A SCHOOL SHOW
Depending on your school, you can also visit school shows. For example, my school had regular theater plays, dance shows, or talent shows going on. Watching those with friends is a good way to meet up after school and have a good time.
20. RUN A 5K/ COLOR RUN
These are so much fun!! Try to take it easy, cause 5k’s are incredibly hard if done in a competition. Trust me. I’ve done cross-country. But color runs are way easier since you can run at whatever pace you want, and have fun while doing so.
21. START MAKING YOUR OWN MONEY
It’s time to start taking care of your own stuff to get ready for college, so I’ve added this one to the senior year bucket list too.
Try to take notes on what you spend money on and how much (refer to my budgeting guide for more info:)). And try to get a job or side hustle as well, so you can make money on your own and don’t have to rely on your parents’ money.
If you haven’t read my post yet, check out these job ideas for students. It always seems harder than it is until you try and it works.
For online jobs, I put together this post with websites that pay over $20/hr!
22. GO TO BIRTHDAY PARTIES
In senior year, try to go to the parties you’re invited to. Of course, if you don’t like the person or whatever, then don’t. But in general, if you’re invited, try to join and have fun.
Also, try to have a birthday party of your own too.
23. SEE A LACROSSE GAME
A fun to watch sport to me, and even better with friends. Try to go see one!
Senior year is the perfect time for you to volunteer and improve your application. Try to find something you’re really into and what’s related to the field of study you want to do in college. Summer breaks are good for volunteering too, so you don’t have more stress during school weeks.
25. GO TO THE BEACH
Taking a trip to the beach is the perfect activity to relax a little bit and get your focus together to ace your upcoming midterms or finals.
26. WATCH A BASEBALL GAME
I love baseball games! Whether you go to a school game or a more professional one, it’s super fun with your people and some food!
27. DO A SPRING SPORT
Spring season gives you more opportunities to join a sport you like! And, the weather is usually nicer for sports than hot summer days when school begins in August. Try adding this to your senior year bucket list too.
28. GO TO PROM
Prom is one of the biggest days in your High School experience, so don’t miss it! Get out of your room girl and rock it! Get some pretty pictures with your friends, wear a beautiful dress, go eat pizza, and dance till you get kicked out! (ok that’s exaggerated, but I think you get my vibe)
29. GET ACCEPTED TO YOUR DREAM COLLEGE
That is totally our goal, so don’t hesitate to add it to your bucket list! You need to attract what you want in order to get it. #lawofattraction
If you’re constantly thinking about how you will get rejected, do you think you will get into it? Of course not. Your vibe is totally negative!
Try picturing how you get the acceptance letter and how happy you are. Think about how much they need you in the school community.
Of course, you have more than one school as an option. But please don’t think negatively in this process. Okay? You got this!!
Also, it’s okay if you don’t want to go to college or you feel like you don’t need it for what you want to work. Do what helps you in your life and what makes you happy in the long run.
30. CHEER FOR YOUR FRIENDS AT COMPETITIONS
Your friend is in a sports team or club and has an important show or competition? This is the time for you to be the best friend she or he can have!
Come along and cheer them on. It’s not just fun, but you can make your friends really happy.
31. COLLECT EVERYTHING IN A JOURNAL
I collected every ticket and every picture in my journal! (except those on my wall)
This will make it possible for you to look through it later and have everything in it. That makes your journal so much more real and personal.
Here you can see my study abroad journal of my High School time!
32. TAKE POLAROID PICTURES
Getting a Polaroid camera was one of my best investments in High School. It isn’t even that expensive, and I love the way they look. Here is the one I have. If you just want to take phone pictures instead, there is a Polaroid picture printer, which prints your phone pics into Polaroids! You can get one here.
33. REACH YOUR GOALS OF THIS YEAR
Of course, that is given by the fact that this is a Senior Year Bucket List, but I’m sure you have other goals as well. Try to do your best in school without forgetting yourself and other parts of life. Find a balance and do your best. If you’ve done that, you basically won.
34. HOST A GRADUATION PARTY
Have a graduation party! Even if you don’t like being center of attention or don’t have many to invite, just get your friends together, have some good food, and look through the experiences of your senior year, whilst taking new pictures to capture this important step too!
35. GO TO GRADUATION PARTIES
Part of this season is that you go to other parties as well! Just join for a bit, bring a small gift and eat some food. You don’t need to stay for long if you don’t want to!
You made it girl! I’m so proud of you!
Graduating from High School is a big step towards your future, and I hope it opens many doors for you. You rock!
The other ideas until 50 are totally up to your preferences. Hehe. But Bucket Lists are there to give you an overview of what you want to achieve, so you really achieve them. Send me a picture of your list when you completed it! I can’t wait to see, next year. Arhhh that is so long. But we can do this.
I really hope this list gave you ideas on what you want to do and get done in your senior year. Want to add anything? Tell me below in the comments!
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