This is it; you’ve finally reached the homestretch of your high school life: senior year. They say that senior year is like a two-edged sword; it can either be the most memorable year or the most disastrous one, depending on what you do with it. It is a time when you just want to have fun and celebrate for finishing another milestone in your life. However, it is also a time when you need to put your game face on because you need to prepare to start another one: college.
Are you starting to feel the pressure already? Here are some tips to help you get by.
Enhance critical reading and note-taking skills
Lectures in college are expected to be a lot different in high school. It will tack on a lot of topics and information. You need to keep up with the varying teaching paces of your professors. If you have experienced spoon-feeding notes in high school, you had better be prepared. College students are expected to be independent and to manage their resources on their own.
Don’t let yourself get sick with senioritis
What better way to practice those reading and note-taking skills than studying hard to get high grades in your subjects and SATs? Don’t be daunted with restlessness and lose your drive. Manage your time well. Make every quiz, homework, exam, and project count. Don’t miss any classes. Make sure that your grades are all stellar, not only the ones that are related to your desired degree in college.
Work on your college and financial aid applications in a timely manner
Create your academic calendar and to-do checklist. This will depend on the universities that you want to apply for. The rule of thumb would be to start applying for the prestigious universities as early as possible. Community or technical colleges usually are done on a later schedule, like in winter.
Step out of your comfort zone
There may be people like your family who will have certain plans and expectations for you. You may have set your eyes on certain colleges to apply for. Be open to changes in your plans. If you think that you don’t agree with what other people want for you, don’t resist that feeling. It might be scary to make decisions on your own, but it is ultimately your life that you will live. Follow your instincts and have fun with it.
Make every second count
Senior year is the last year before people start to look at you as a responsible adult. So, while you still have the chance, make it a priority to do things for yourself. Spend some time doing an activity where you are not required to meet expectations or try to please anyone. Talk to your long-time high school crush, try joining an organization in line with your interests, engage in sports, or simply just have fun.
It’s not “goodbye”, it’s “see you later”. Don’t be scared of getting separated from your friends after graduation. You’ll start to doubt why you have to build and strengthen relationships when you’ll need to break them eventually. Remember that they will still be the same people who will help you get through the nerve-wracking process of adapting to college, just like they did for you back in high school. Don’t forget to do the same thing for them, too, and make the most out of your remaining time together.
So, you think you’re all set? Best of luck and congratulations in advance, senior!
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