Letter To My High School Self

Senior year is full of memories that you will cherish for the rest of your life. It’s a time to remember how the past four years have impacted your life. It’s an opportunity to thank those who have shaped your character—your family, friends, teachers, coaches, and other loved ones. It’s a season to plan for the future.

Your senior year might look a little different than you thought it would, but the future is bright. For our graduating Mercerians, the next step might be starting graduate school, completing an internship, or landing their dream job. For you, it’s becoming a Mercer Bear. Mercer is a place for you to grow, thrive, and discover your potential. To meet new people. To challenge yourself to be the best you can be. Get ready…because the next four years are going to be your most transformative yet.

Take advice from three Mercer seniors as they write letters to their high school selves and and offer words of wisdom about the transition from high school to college.

Senior Reflections


Major: Biology and Spanish

Involvement: Mercer Ambassador, Mercer Service Scholar, Peer Advisor, Student Admissions Team, Undergraduate Research, Wesley of Macon

Plans after graduation: I will be taking a gap year to work and volunteer in the medical field and get some hands-on experience before attending PA School in the future!

“And, most of all, you will grow. You will discover things about yourself that you never even imagined possible. You will learn to love, to lead, and to live life to the fullest. This place will teach you and mold you into the very best version of yourself—someone you will be so proud of.”

Letter to High School Tucker:


Major: Journalism and Law and Public Policy

Involvement: Green Coalition, Peer Advisor, Sorority member, Student Admissions Team, Student Government Association

Plans after graduation: I plan to gain work experience for a year before I start law school next fall.

“Mercer isn’t just a place to make you a better student—it will help you become a better person. As much as you’ll learn about journalism and law and public policy, you’ll learn so much more about yourself and the role you can play in making the world a better place.”

Letter to High School Emily:


Major: International Business and Economics

Involvement: Benjamin A. Gilman Scholar, Charles B. Rangel Scholar, Delta Sigma Pi (business honor society), Fund for Education Abroad Scholar, Recipient of the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, Residence Hall Association

Plans after graduation: I plan to begin graduate school at The George Washington University this fall, where I will pursue a Master of Arts in International Economic Policy.

“Know that your hard work will pay off in ways you could never have dreamed. Stay curious. Work hard. But take breaks to rest your mind, body, and soul. Stay true to your ideals. Surround yourself with people that encourage you to become a better individual. And graduate ready to change the world!”

Letter to High School Donald:

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