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  • What is the most challenging task as a senior?
  • What is the most creative excuse you’ve ever used to get out of a homework assignment?
  • What advice do you have for incoming freshmen?
  • Describe senioritis.
  • Should seniors go to college right after graduation or take a year off to consider their options?
  • Will you be going to Senior Ball, Prom, Homecoming, etc.? If so, what are your plans afterward?
  • Some seniors claim that they are misunderstood. Do you believe this is true? Why?
  • What has been the highlight of your senior year?
  • Where do you imagine yourself 10 years from now?
  • If you were told you couldn’t graduate unless you could prove your achievements from the past four years, what three examples would you use?
  • Who do you think is the most influential person in the United States? Why?
  • In some cultures, if you save someone’s life, he/she is forever in your debt. Who would you most want to be indebted to you?
  • In what ways is destiny responsible for the direction of your life?
  • In your best Shakespearean voice, describe a time when you thought you were in love, but later discovered that you really weren’t.
  • What do you collect and how long have you been collecting? Why?
  • Describe your idea of a dream date.
  • What is the one sacrifice you would not be willing to make, even if it meant solving all of the world’s problems?
  • What is the strangest advice your parents ever gave you and that proved to be correct? 
  • What is your biggest pet peeve and why?
  • What trend or fad are you most embarrassed about being a part of?
  • I am always happy to see...(a particular person) because...
  • I am most grateful for...
  • I am inspired by...(a person or event and why).
  • I am disappointed with...
  • I am unique because of my...(describe a special talent; give an example).
  • I am waiting for...(some important event or circumstance).
  • I am lost without my...describe a good luck charm. Tell why it is special to you or how it has brought you good luck).
  • I am talented when it comes to...(what can you do that most others can’t?)
  • I am most alive when...(what makes you feel good about yourself? What are you passionate about?)
  • I am still confused about...(describe some unknown future expectation or goal).
  • I will never forget...(most memorable event/person).
  • Imagine that you have just been told you only have one week left to live. How will you spend that last week?
  • Describe the scariest encounter you ever had.
  • What was the dumbest saying of the year?
  • What was the most meaningful assignment a teacher ever had you do?
  • What is the worst thing you ever did during detention?
  • What is your greatest fear and have you ever tried to face it?
  • Do you have any bad habits that you simply refuse to change? Explain.
  • If you could change one thing about school, what would it be?
  • What is the most important quality in a friendship and why?
  • Do you think high school is preparing you for college?
  • What would you tell  underclassmen NOT to do?
  • Finish this sentence: “I could not live without…”
  • When were you under pressure? How did you handle it?
  • Which one memory are you going to remember forever about your time here at ___________ school?
  • Who has given you the best advice? What did they say?
  • What is the worst thing about being a senior?
  • What is your dream college and why? Are you going to attend it?
  • If you could go back and change one thing, what would it be?
  • Finish this sentence:  “In 20 years, I’m going to be…”
  • What is one quote that you live by?
  • Describe a dramatic/serious experience that has altered your life completely.
  • Finish this sentence: “When I hear the word twinkie, I think of…”
  • When you look back on this school in later years, what will you remember most?
  • What is one outrageous thing you desperately want to try before you die?
  • Most teenagers rely on music to get them through the day. In your opinion, music is…
  • What are the five things you value the most at this point in your life?
  • Finish this sentence: “If birds could swim and pigs could fly, then…”
  • Do you believe in destiny, fate, or the power of a higher being and why?
  • If you could move anywhere in the world, where would you move and why?
  • Do you have a childhood toy that you refuse to give up? If so, what is it and why is it so special to you?
  • What is the grossest thing you’ve ever done or seen someone do?
  • If you were principal of this school, what’s the first thing you would change about it?
  • Fill in the blanks: I think ________ are the greatest things in the world because ____________________________.
  • If you had your own clothing line, what would it be called and why?
  • Describe the worst date you’ve ever been on.
  • What’s usually the first thought in your head when you wake up in the morning?
  • Have you ever predicted an event and then had it happen? What was it?
  • Fill in the blanks:  The one food I couldn’t live without is _____________ because ____________________________________.
  • What is your biggest fear and why? Do you plan to overcome it? How?
  • Do you have a special place where you go to be alone? If so, where is it and why is this place so special?
  • What is your favorite Website and why?
  • What is the dorkiest thing you’ve ever done?
  • What was the coolest thing you ever saw on TV and tried to do at home?
  • What weird habit do you have when you’re nervous and how long has it been going on? (Ex. tap your foot, twirl your fingers, etc.)
  • What excuses do you give people when you don’t want to go somewhere?
  • What dreams do you have for the world of tomorrow?
  • Do you have any scars that resemble something? If so, what and where?
  • How do you like your eggs and why?
  • What cool word have you heard this year?
  • What is your favorite book and why?
  • Have you ever seen anyone that you thought looked just like you? If so, where and who?
  • What would be the first thing you would do if you ruled the world?
  • Who is your hero and why?
  • If you were stranded on a desert island, what five things would you need to survive and why?
  • What qualities do you look for in that special someone?
  • If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?
  • If you had an extra $100 to spend, what would you buy?

Contributed by:
Jane Roehrig & Heidi Bryant
Herff Jones Sales Professionals, CA