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You Don’t Have To Know Who You Are Immediately After High School

As a high school senior, I know how hard high school can be, and each year just gets harder and harder. You have to attempt to maintain relationships, and friendships while also preparing for college by taking college classes, the SAT and ACT, keeping your GPA up, and still manage to get enough sleep. There’s just so much to do and it doesn’t feel like there’s enough time to do it. With all of that stress thrust upon our shoulders we’re also supposed to find who we are and decide on what career we want for our future self.

Everyone wants to find themselves as soon as possible, it’s apart of growing up, and from high school to college is when you’re told that you’re supposed to. Sometimes it feels like everyone else knows exactly who they are and what they want to do with their lives while you’re still searching, but that’s almost never true. There’s nothing wrong with still not knowing who you are while you’re in high school or even after you leave high school and move on to other things like a career or college.

What you’re feeling right now is normal. It’s normal to feel lost, and confused about who you are. Everyone feels that way at one point, don’t beat yourself up about it. If you’re feeling lost, use this feeling to your advantage to go out and explore who you are and try new things! You could start small like trying something new at your favorite restaurant, or order a different coffee at Starbucks. Do something you wouldn’t normally do, like going to a party (but remember to be safe.) Go hiking! Take a road trip with friends or even by yourself.

Just don’t be too hard on yourself if you’re still feeling lost. That’s okay, and you will find yourself soon, some things just take time. With each choice and mistake you make you’re one step closer to finding who you are, and maybe you never have a eureka moment which tells you who you are, but know that’s okay too.

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Gracie Miller
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18 year old gal who likes spending her time being a feminist killjoy, drinking tea, binge watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix, and reading books!

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