Far from choosing the perfect dress or your chambelan, there are certain things that need to be taken care of before turning fifteen, Things that will better prepare you for upcoming years and that will help build your character.
Take a look and check all off just before your Quinceanera celebration:
1. Know how to cook/prepare a meal
It’s important for any human being to know how to feed themselves. If you’ve got the chops and the desire to master the skills of a true cook, shadow the top chef in your family and learn the tools of the trade to preparing authentic home-style meals.
2. Read a book from beginning to end
This means a book other than one that was assigned to you by an instructor and a book with more text than illustrations. Reading not only improves your writing and vocabulary skills, but it also opens your mind to a broader world.
3. Know your family history
Record your family history either in a journal, on tape, or in any other format that can be preserved. Years down the road, you’ll be glad you did.
4. Try out for a team
You can pick up a lot of valuable traits from being in a team. Team work, responsibility, dependability and discipline are only some of those traits that you will carry with you out into the working world. So why not get ahead of the game now by joining either a sports team, a debate team, a dance team, or a leadership team in your school?
5. Make a four-year plan
Meet with your counselor or advisor and jot down the schedule of classes that you should take each high school year. Creating a high school academics plan will make it all the easier to breeze through high school with flying colors.
6. Learn to swim
It may not make any sense now, but when all your friends hit the beach or the nearest pool, you’d wish you’d be able to flipper around as well as they do. Check your local park for swimming lessons and get ready for a whole lot of water fun.
7. Get your first manicure/pedicure with your mom
There’s something truly special about sharing ‘your firsts’ with your mom, especially when they deal with young womanhood. Getting a manicure and pedicure can be truly special if shared with her, especially if she’s never gotten one either. Imagine the fun in that!
8. Help someone in need
This can be as simple as helping a friend treat a breakup or helping an elderly cross the street. Doing many good deeds, and doing them often, will make the occasional good deed into a habit, and will ultimately make for a better you.
9. Go shopping for the perfect bra
Get professionally measured and try on various styles of brassieres. You’ll quickly learn that different styles serve different purposes.
10. Buy your first pair of heels and practice walking in them
You’ll be using them a lot in the years ahead so you might as well start getting used to them now.
11. Take a dance class
With so many high school dances on your agenda, you’ll want to be able to get down on the dance floor with the rest of your friends. So if you’re feeling a bit self-conscious about your moves, there’s no better way to overcome that than by signing up for dance lessons and letting your foot get loose.
12. Visit different universities
Start visiting and getting familiar with different universities. In a couple of months you’ll be applying to some yourself so you’ll be one step ahead if you’ve taken the time to visit them and have narrowed down your choices.
13. Take a trip with your parents
Whether it’s to visit your family in a neighboring state or out of the country to visit the rest of your familia, take a trip with your parents and cherish every moment you have with them. Time flies, so you’ll be glad you did.
14. Learn the importance of hygiene and personal grooming
Learn to take care of your hygiene by bathing regularly, brushing your teeth at least three times a day, wearing deodorant, getting your eyebrows done and keeping your nails clean. Also, there’s no need to go out into the world with bad locks. So make an appointment with a stylist of your choice and get a haircut that you’re comfortable with.
15. Avoid serious relationships
It may seem like the cool thing to do since some of your friends may be in serious relationships themselves. But rather than spending all of your spare time on boys, try spending time with friends, family and yourself. Time for boy drama can come later in life, for now, focus on yourself and enjoy your youth for as long as you can.