"If you're reading this, I'm late."
"If you're reading this, I'm late." (Photo: Martha Caldera/Twitter)

For many high schoolers, there's arguably no back-to-school rite of passage more exciting than finally getting assigned your own spot in the hallowed senior parking lot. While the convenience is certainly satisfying on its own, some of these kids take the privilege to the next level by personally customizing their space with creatively painted designs and messages.

One such student is Martha Caldera, a Dallas-area senior whose clever "I'm late" parking spot (pictured above) went viral. In addition to serving as an unlikely creative outlet, the parking spot is also something of an incentive: "The only thing that's going to motivate me to wake up for school tomorrow is pulling up in my parking spot."

I'm sure you're wondering — do the schools really allow them to do that? The answer is yes, of course!

High school seniors gather to paint their parking spots at West Orange High School.
High school seniors gather to paint their parking spots at West Orange High School. (Photo: Adam Parish/Twitter)

Some schools — like West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Florida (above) — even plan and coordinate designated "parking spot painting days" at the start of each school year. During these events, friends and family gather to help the senior paint his or her spot.

Continue below to see some wildly creative examples of how high school students are using their parking spots to express their personalities, beliefs, interests and, of course, their favorite gorilla-related internet memes.

"Because cats."
"Because cats." (Photo: Kaitlyn Simpson/Twitter)

Because cats? Because cats.


"The truth is, most of us discover where we are heading when we arrive."
"The truth is, most of us discover where we are heading when we arrive." (Photo: Kamron G/Twitter)

Wise words by legendary comic artist, Bill Watterson.


"Mischief Managed!"
"Mischief Managed!" (Photo: Elizabeth Victor/Twitter)

If this Harry Potter-obsessed student is anything like Fred or George Weasley, it's safe to say her high school will have one extremely eventful year!


"R.I.P. Harambe"
"R.I.P. Harambe" (Photo: grace/Twitter)

Never forget.


Tie dye parking spot
Tie dye parking spot (Photo: Mads/Twitter)

Madi will undoubtedly win the title of "Most Colorful Parking Spot" in her school's 2016-17 yearbook.


Napoleon Dynamite parking spot
Napoleon Dynamite parking spot (Photo: Mark E Hamilton/Twitter)

The undisputed icon of quirky high school outcasts everywhere. Never stop dancing, friends.


Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.