"Senior year will be the best," they said, and indeed it is.
You meet people from diverse walks of life. While some stick and some drift away, you will make memories with people you will never forget.
Even though relationships, friendships and belonging to a group is extremely important, we must realize when we tell our own individual story, it's us who tell it because only we have lived it and experienced it.
Others may have lived it with us momentarily, but we have seen the good and the bad times up close and personal.
Senior year will not come back, and it is important for you to make sure you don't regret the choices you make. Among the many things you can do this year, here are four ways you can make the best of the few months you have left.
1. Develop a skill
So you're almost at the end of the race and you have a great life plan ahead of you -- or even a mediocre, safe and easy one. Doesn't matter. What is the one thing you have the people around you don't? An actionable skill.
Senior year is the time when it is important to realize where your heart lies, how much of what you want can be actionable based on the knowledge you have attained and how you can build on your strengths or weaknesses. You may be a jack of all trades, master of none, or you may be just a face in the crowd.
Develop a skill, wether it's in an existing hobby, specialization, subject or extra curricular. Make it one of your core strengths and achievements because once you're out there in the real world, you need to have a selling point, a USP. That's how the real world works. Own your talent!
Senior year is the time for you to get your own PR right. Try to stop chasing that guy/girl you've been trying on for the last year and go talk to other people. Be a person who people remember even five years down the line. Be the person your classmate would cross the road to say "hi" to after five years.
Build your connections with people, get to know the ones you've thought were too uncool or too good for you. Let go of all the petty issues and judgment because at the end of the day, you all are bound by your Alma Mater, and that bond never fades.
Also, while you're at it, try to develop the art of letting go of judging people. This will help you deal with the sudden exposure to multifaceted people in the real world.
Senior year is also the year when you're not only wiser and older but also hitting the phase where your metabolism is likely to start slowing down. Try to develop a regular workout regime or find an outdoor sport, which can be easily pursued even after you graduate.
Believe me, if I had invested half my time in exercising senior year, I'd be representing my country at the Olympics! You may not realize it, but you have ample amount of time to exercise and get your body in shape.
If followed regularly, an exercise routine will become a part of your daily life, and once you've graduated, you won't find it so hard to follow a healthy lifestyle -- something that is much needed for our generation.
4. Focus on the bigger picture
You're about to graduate, so try to chalk out a plan, make a list of your goals and aspirations and know where you want to be in life. Even if you can't get this one in black and white, meet people and talk to them. Meeting the right people, professors and alumni really enables you to understand things the internet won't tell you.
Try to see the bigger picture in life and see where you want to be five years from now. Senior year is the perfect time to dwell on your aspirations, ambitions and goals, and figure out that one spot where all three collide.
Remember, you're about to enter an unfamiliar territory. No matter how much you've prepped for it, it will take you time to find yourself standing on both feet steadily. Take your senior year as the time to reflect and incorporate habits and thoughts you would like to have as a part of your life in the years to come.
Having said that, don't forget to shake that booty and party alongside! This is the best year, so make memories and cherish it!