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Five Things I Would Tell Myself Before Coming to Radford

I don’t have many regrets since coming to Radford. But there are a few things that I would have done differently if I had the chance to go back and do them again. As a senior days away from graduation, here’s some things I’ve learned that have made me a much happier person.

Be real with people. Life is far too short to be fake around people. Tell people how you feel. Let them know if you’re happy or upset. Say “I love you” to people if you mean it. Learn to recognize your worth. Be vulnerable around those you trust and know that you’re human and it’s ok to have feelings and emotions.

Learn to love and accept yourself, and learn to be ok with being by yourself. A lot of learning to love yourself and being alright with who you are comes from doing what makes you happy, even if you’re doing it alone. I love to sing and listen to music so I sing (even though I’m no good at it) and listen to music a lot, and it makes me happy. If you like something about yourself, but someone else’s doesn’t, that’s their problem. Not yours. Learn to love all of you, even your flaws.

Don’t be afraid of failure or disappointment. For a while, I would avoid doing a lot of things because I was afraid of failing and being disappointed. Even something like asking someone what time it was if I didn’t know, because I felt like I had failed at knowing something simple. But I learned that life is full of disappointment and failure teaches you 10 times more than success ever does. No one likes to be disappointed and the feeling sucks, but you’ll be able to accomplish much more when you’re willing to risk disappointment to get what you want. And sometimes the risk will pay off.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice. One thing I’ve learned is that people are a lot nicer than others give them credit for. Most people like helping others. So if you ask for help, most likely, they will be happy to help you or let you know something and it will make them feel good too. And remember that people aren’t against you—they’re for themselves.

Work hard. Play hard. Put effort into important things that need to be done. Schoolwork, your job—do these things in a way so that you’ll be proud of them. But then take time to have some fun and cherish those times when you’re hanging out doing nothing and being stupid with your friends. They’ll be gone way too fast.

My last bit of advice is one that my grandmother told me: You can’t reach your full potential as long as you’re always worried about pleasing other people and worried about what they think.

Senior Pranks, How We Leave Our Marks

Surely you must remember them, clever ideas thought up by seniors, mainly in high school, but sometimes in college. What makes a good senior prank? They’ll always make the faculty mad, but part of commiting a senior prank is that nobody knows it was you. Senior pranks are usually a result of out-of-the-box thinking by the cleverest minds in school. Here are some examples of good senior pranks.

Two years ago, a really great prank happened at Hidden Valley High School in Roanoke was when the seniors got the master key to the school. That night, they snuck into the building and stole all the chairs from every classroom and then stacked them up in the school forum. The next morning, everyone in school spent half the morning searching for the chairs, and when they finally found them, all of the chairs were stacked in a huge mountain in the forum. It took the rest of the morning to take all the chairs and get them back to the classrooms. The seniors got caught, but they got out of trouble by saying that they wouldn’t return the key unless they were let off the hook. If they didn’t return the key, the school would have had to have every lock in the building replaced.

Another good senior prank was one that occured a long time ago at Roanoke Catholic High School. The idea of the prank was that it would take years to undo. The seniors took multiple alarm clocks and hid them all over the building, setting them each to go off at different times each day. It did indeed take at least four or five years, before all the alarm clocks were found. Whoever thought of that must have been pretty brilliant.

At some really nerdy schools where all the students there are complete brainiacs, senior pranks go way beyond the limit of what you’d expect. The principal would come out and find his car on the roof of the building. How do the seniors pull that off, you ask? Well, being as smart as they are, they’re able to disassemble the car, and then reassemble it on the roof, which is a very amazing stunt to pull off. Another good prank that has been discussed, would be one that would involve any beverage, as well as a lot of cups. You line the cups all the way down the all, fill each of them with any drink of your choosing, and then staple them together. Another good prank that has been discussed is taking something that smells bad, such as dirty laundry, dog poop, or even rotten fish, and hiding it in the school air vents. That would take the school days, even weeks to find.

So senior pranks are the result of the seniors saying “we’re ready to get out of here, but want to leave our mark before we go.” It’s a good concept as long as you don’t carry it too far. Also, unless you’re clever like the guys who were involved in hiding the chairs, don’t plan on getting caught. That was a prank that can never be done again, because that school installed security cameras all over the building as a result.

Senior Hall Freeze

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