our past seniors talk about graduation, freshman year, and the future.

If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve no doubt seen these beautiful faces before. Katie & Brooke were the first seniors we photographed when we moved back to the Houston area.

Why are they back on our blog? Photographing seniors creates a special bond, and we cherish the friendships we form through the whole process. I really wanted to spend some time visiting with them and catching up on what’s been going on since they returned from college.

We grabbed some coffee and had a mini shoot with them, despite the crazy summer rainstorms. I asked them to reflect on the past year and share a bit of what they’ve learned. Here’s what they had to say about embracing senior year and surviving freshman year of college.

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What are some things you were excited about?

Katie

I was SO excited to meet new people. I love love love people and making friends and getting to know people, so a whole new world full of that was so exciting to me.

Brooke

The freedom, making new friends, in a way starting over by not knowing many people.

coffee-10What are some things that you were nervous/scared about?

Katie

Gosh let’s see. What was I most scared about on my first day of freshman year? Well, I felt like leading up to college you have so much to prepare for (dorm room, roommate, scholarships, moving away, saying your goodbyes, etc.) that when that first day hits you, you realize, “Oh yeah. I actually have to take classes here.” For me it was totally just that reality check that I had to get back in the swing of taking classes that I was not mentally prepared for.

Brooke

Definitely making new friends and getting out of my comfort zone.

coffee-12What is one thing you are glad you did your freshman year of college?

Brooke

Getting involved! I met a lot of awesome people by being in organizations.

Katie

One thing I’m glad I did my freshman year of college was getting involved. I (eventually) figured out how to balance all of the things that I cared about and wanted to be a part of and it was so fulfilling to be constantly partaking in the things that I love and bring me joy.

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Thinking back on your senior year now, what is something you miss about it?

Katie

Something I miss about senior year is the “last time” mentality. As a senior, there were so many things my friends and I did that we only did because we knew things were about to completely change. Everything we did, we appreciated so much more because we knew it would be our last times.

Brooke

 I miss everything about basketball, my teammates, coaches, games, practices, even 6 am weight room.

coffee-6If you could tell a high school senior one thing, what would it be?

Brooke

 Enjoy it! It goes by so fast, you’ll never be with the people you grew up with. That being said Freshman year has truly been one of my favorite years, I feel I really am a different person for the better in just a year!

Katie

If I could tell a high school senior one thing, it would be to cherish those friendships and show your friends everyday that you love them. Your friendships will never be the same as they are in that time. Some friendships you will keep for a lifetime, but they will never be the same as how they are in high school, so cherish and appreciate that time with them!

coffee-2During our shoot, Katie & Brooke laughed about the great/silly/awkward times they had shared together in high school. It was a beautiful thing to see that they have worked hard to maintain their friendship past high school. I loved hearing their stories and I’m so honored that they share a little bit of their life with me!

 

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