Top 10 Things to Do Before Finishing High School

by frank-stuart

The end of high school can be an exciting and scary time. However, it can also be an extremely rewarding period. These are the top 10 things to do before finishing high school.

1. Enjoy High School

While it can be stressful or uncertain, remember there will never be another time quite like high school. Enjoy your friendships, subjects, and extra-curricular activities. Think about what you love the most about high school and make the most of it.

2. Build Social Skills

Social skills can help you when you undertake further study and at work. Build your social and networking skills by taking a public-speaking course, learning about business or customer communication styles, or learning about workplace formalities.

3. Become More Independent

Learning to become more independent can mean different things for different people. You might think about getting a part time job, work out a budget to become more financially responsible, or learn to cook for yourself. Learning to budget will help you achieve your financial goals, which might include renting a place of your own, saving for a trip, or growing a stock portfolio. It’s not hard to set up a budget; download a sample budget for some ideas. The hard part in budgeting is keeping to it.

4. Volunteer

If you’ve always thought about volunteering, why not get involved with a charity? There are lots of options to choose from, and volunteering gives you the chance to learn new skills, and give back to the community. You might also consider fundraising work for a charity. Raise money by competing in a race, seeking donations from local businesses, or networking with friends to ask for contributions.

5. Try Something New

Use the time before the end of high school to have a new experience, or gain a new skill. Find something you’ve always wanted to try, and make sure you enjoy it.

If you enjoy sport or if you like music, forming your own sport team or starting your own band might be the best way to introduce some socialising and extra-curricular activity into your busy schedule.

6. Add some culture – it’s not boring we promise!

Go to a film festival, or a stage play of one of the books you are studying. See an exhibition of artwork. Find out what appeals to you, and figure out why.

7. Set Goals for the Future

There will be a time during your high school years when you need to think about your future, decide what you want to do after high school, and choose your preferred course. Make a time to consider your goals for life. Think about what you want to achieve in terms of your career and personal life. Whether they’re related to travel plans, career goals, or financial objectives, write your goals down.

8. Find a Mentor

If you don’t have a mentor, consider finding someone you trust and ask them to act as your mentor. They can advise you on career, life, and other issues. Your mentor might be a teacher, a friend of the family, a career counsellor, or a religious leader.

9. Consider an overseas exchange

Living overseas with a host family for a few weeks is a great way to hone your skills in another language, or start learning some! It’s guaranteed to broaden your horizons, and be fun at the same time.

10. Find some different friends

Have you been hanging out with the same friends throughout high school? Strike up a conversation with someone you have only ever said “hi” to, or someone who has completely different views to those you hold.

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