1. Tell your crush how you feel. Doing so is incredibly liberating. Or maybe friendship ending. Either way you will always regret it if you don’t.
2. Spend a day with your friends away from school. This advice is not for those of you who already skip school every week; it’s for those who feel guilty breaking rules. You need to learn that some rules are made to be broken. Hike. Picnic. Zoo. Sunbathe. Shop. Whatever. After September it will be almost impossible to get all your friends together again. And it will be different. Don’t lose the moment.
3. Thank your favorite teacher. Do it in person, and in writing also. You can always do it later, but you tell yourself you will, and you won’t. Being grateful is a good habit to start and feels good every time.
4. Take a younger sibling to lunch. Right now is the last time you will live with the closest genetic person to you on Earth. You will need each other tremendously when you get older. This younger person loves and admires you as no one else does. Let them.
5. Take a moment to admire your body. You will likely never be this fit and slim again. Or you might, but it will take so much work. Take a look at the youth everyone goes on and on about. It really is fleeting. Like gone by next Thanksgiving fleeting.
6. Mentally release friends you have realized you don’t like all that much. There’s no need to be rude or mean or change your behavior in any way. Just say goodbye in your head. It’s freeing.
7. Look around the school building. Really look at the place you are leaving. Make mental photos, not instagram photos, ones in your mind. Right now you own this place. Next year it will belong to others.
8. Buy the yearbook. It’s not about your picture, it’s about everyone else’s. This perfectly curated story of your year is available now and only now. Even if you can’t stand these people right now, I guarantee you will want to see their faces again, even if it’s just to remind yourself who people are before your 10-year reunion, which will be here before you blink.