6 things to do before graduating high school

Ro'Lana Erskine, Staff Reporter

With graduation around the corner, there are many seniors who are unaware of the changes that will occur once they are handed their diploma. Here are a few very important things that you should do before throwing your graduation cap in the air.

Create a stable budgeting plan.

  • According to the Institute of College Access and Success (http://www.ticas.org), 55% of undergraduates in California are in debt. Without a proper budgeting plan, you will fall prey to this horrible statistic. There are two steps to relieve yourself of this: work and save! Start by working part-time and try your best to balance out school and work. Keep track of things you need and prioritize your spending. Even if you do not plan to attend college immediately after high school, working is crucial.

Clean up your social media.

  • Whether or not you are attending a college or beginning a new job, you will want to present yourself as best as you can to the world. Although each post holds unforgettable memories, some may be deemed inappropriate and need to be left in the past. Ask yourself, “Do I want my future boss or professor to see this?” If not, delete it.

Maintain a healthy diet.

  • Although fast foods benefit your wallet, your body will suffer. Take the time to practice healthy eating in college. Between school and work, try an occasional visit to your local gym to ensure that you are getting the exercise that you need. You will thank yourself in the future.

Prepare for your upcoming responsibilities.

  • It is no surprise that living alone brings forth new responsibilities. However, you need to mentally prepare for taking on these new changes. Make a list of things that you will need to do daily, weekly, monthly and annually once you begin living alone. This includes your work schedule, school schedule, bill cycle, grocery list, etc. Also, work on your time management and communication skills, these are vital traits in the work force or college.

Get ready for your social life change.

  • Odds are, you will not have the same clique that you grew up with. Be open! In college, explore the many extracurriculars that your campus offers and try your best to make friends with people who share the same interests as you. In either your school or job, you are going to want to have someone to be by your side.

Be proud of yourself.

  • Take time to reflect on the work that you have done in the past 12 years. Graduating is a major achievement. You have made it this far. Stay focused, you have an entire life ahead of you.