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12 things you *have* to do before graduating high school

Between exams, group projects, piles of homework, etc., it's easy to forget that high school is also supposed to be FUN. If you feel like you're making better grades than memories lately, read on for Girls' Life's ultimate high school bucket list.

Have a “sick” day 

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Because you deserve a break you don’t have to wait months for! Take a page out of the Ferris Bueller handbook and take a day to make some rule-breaking memories with your family and friends. Just this once, though!

Be a part of a team

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What better way to make high school your home away from home than by building yourself a small family? Whether it's the robotics club or cheerleading squad, these are the people who will become your lifelong friends. 

Make a playlist you'll always remember 

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Boring weekend ahead? Take some time to put your top 20 fave songs right now into a playlist and label it with your current grade. In 10, 15 or 20 years, we bet you'll come across it and smile.

Rock PJs to class

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Pajama Day may be one of the only times it’s socially acceptable to literally roll out of bed and go to work. Seize this opportunity, girl!

Send a letter to your crush (or just tell them you like them) 

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In case you don’t have a little sister to send out your most intimate love letters (hey, Kitty!), you can jumpstart a romance by doing it yourself! If you're not a fan of pen and paper, you can def be creative in a text or in person.

Watch the ultimate teen movies 

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No matter the generation, a good teen movie never goes out of style. Check out our list of the best ever and start watching stat! 

Keep a journal

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This is your time of firsts: first dance, first car, first heartbreak. Write it all down so you have your own personal yearbook to remember all the milestones in your life. 

Read a couple books for fun 

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Sure, there's a list of lit that you have to read for school, but on the next rainy Saturday, walk around the local bookstore and pick out a few just for you. We bet it'll kickstart a lifelong true love for reading. 

Find a mentor 

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The best teachers are those who have already been through it, so talk to an older friend, sister, cousin or neighbor and ask lots of questions. The right advice is priceless!

Go to summer camp or an away-internship

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Explore outside of your hometown, meet new people and discover new interests. All you need is one summer to totally find yourself. 

Prom 

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Prom is a top-tier high school tradition that will give you an excuse to look your absolute best, dance like no one's watching, and then get late-night pancakes with the squad. Who'd want to miss that? 

Wear gear featuring your dream university

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Speak your acceptance into existence by repping your future alma mater. Perk is that those university sweaters make such cute go-to outfits.

How many of these have you already done? Tell us your stories in the comments below!

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by Cassandra R Lopez | 2/22/2020
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