We’ve come to the portion of the year where I am now able to successfully give upcoming seniors advice on how to conquer their senior year. So here it goes:
First off, I highly suggest that you start looking at college options now, and just keep in mind the requirements for both colleges and scholarships. Some applications require that you send in letters of recommendation, and those are something that you should get done as soon as possible. When you get back to school, start thinking about the teachers who know you well, and ask them to write recommendations for you. It’s important to ask teachers for these letters at least two weeks before you need to turn them in because a teacher’s work load can be pretty heavy.
Also, don’t feel stressed out if you don’t know where you want to go to college yet. I didn’t even know where I was going until two days before the college acceptance deadline. Even if you don’t know what you want, still take action and apply for places that you might want to go to. Plans change, but it’s better to be prepared than to be scrambling just before the deadline.
Try and manage your time the best that you can. This means to stop procrastinating. The work load for senior year is pretty light, but that all depends on your classes and teachers. It helps to finish assignments when you get them, that way you don’t have to stress out about it later. My strategy was that I would finish all of my homework on Friday so that I could forget about school and enjoy the rest of my weekend. If you know me, you know that I’m a little bit extra and so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I color coded all of my classes in my planner. It’s not even because I’m a super organized person, it’s because if I don’t write stuff down, I’m gonna forget about it. So in order to ensure that my missing assignments don’t stack up, I take note of all the homework and upcoming tests and other events for each class and cross it off when I finish. So if you’re anything like me, it might be a good idea to start writing in a planner because senior year comes with a lot of deadlines that are very necessary to meet.
Most of all, make sure that you enjoy your senior year! I know that you can’t wait to say good bye to high school and never come back, but take the time to enjoy every detail of your last year as a “kid.” Hang out with your friends! Take pictures! Watch “High School Musical 3” 50 billion times! Take things seriously, but don’t be consumed with stress. Participate in spirit days, go to games, attend a musical performance. Do everything you can to make this year your best yet.