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Dana Sinclair

Senior Year: The Nostalgia

My Experience:

Throughout my junior year and the summer leading up to my senior year, I was flooded with advice on my senior year of high school. The most common advice that was given to me was to cherish every moment of my senior year, because it would be over sooner than expected. So that’s what I have been doing. I have been cherishing my last moments with my peers and taking in the last of my high school journey.

I was walking down an empty hall during class one day when it hit me. I was flooded with memories from the past three years of high school in that corridor. It was much more than reminiscing; I was emotional at the thought of all my memories. The bittersweet feelings of nostalgia momentarily consumed me.

As my senior year progresses, I get moments like this more often. I am becoming much more sentimental about my high school experience. It makes me both happy and sad. The memories are ones I hold dear to me and are moments of happiness in my life. The tinge of sadness comes from the fact that I am leaving it behind. It is almost as if I am losing it in a small way. I wasn’t warned about the nostalgia. I was never prepared for it, but I am sure I can’t be the only one.


How I Handle the Nostalgia:

1. Let it pass

I don’t try to ignore it or push the feeling aside. I think it’s somewhat comforting to feel nostalgic, especially since I do not have much time left in high school.

2. Continue making memories

Just because you have created great memories throughout your high school career doesn’t mean you have to stop now! Being nostalgic can be nice, but you still have time to create more memories (and be even more nostalgic later).

3.Focus on the now

If you don’t like the feeling of nostalgia, try to focus on the present and future. There are always things to do now and there are always better times to come in the future!




Senior year can be emotionally difficult, but always make the most out of it! Take things one step at a time as they come. Nostalgia can be a strange emotion to deal with because of how bittersweet it is, but getting a handle on it is easy! Good luck and enjoy your senior year!


About Dana Sinclair

Dana is a current high school senior who enjoys writing when she has a free moment. When she’s not studying, reading, or interning, she loves to go exploring the Bay Area with her friends. She loves discovering new activities and learning as much as she can. She hopes to help fellow students achieve their goal by sharing her knowledge on how to navigate high school life.

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