Summer’s ending and school is rolling back around! For those who graduated in June, that means starting up college, but for another group of students, it means that their high school senior year and all its thrills, hurdles and achievements is just beginning.
Senior year brings with it a lot of exciting moments, but it also brings a lot of stress and decision-making as well. Here are some tips for going back to school to help get you through your final year of high school.
1. Get planning and meet deadlines.
The idea of going back to school can seem easier if you ease your way into it, taking it slow. There’s so much going on between catching up with friends, getting back into activities and figuring out your last round of classes. It can seem that the last thing you want to do is start a heavy to-do list for college.
BUT — the earlier you get planning and organized, the easier the process is going to be. Do you want to avoid major headaches and stress-out moments over the next few months? Then get a planner and start writing out a schedule for your final campus visits, your college application deadlines, housing and financial aid deadlines, and final SAT or ACT test dates, and get an outline going on your plan for scholarships.
Trust us. Making a deadline might be stressful now, but when you meet that deadline, the relief and feeling of success that rolls off will make it all worth it.
2. Don’t neglect your actual schoolwork.
We just listed A LOT of new to-dos for your senior year. With all the new stuff to focus on while getting ready for life after high school, it’s really tempting to put off a paper here and a project there.
Don’t do it!
Your schoolwork is extremely important. You don’t want to let your grades slip your final year. Colleges look at your work all the way through your last day of senior year, and those grades can really impact the opportunities that are open to you next year.
This brings us back to tip 1 — planning. The more you plan ahead, the more you will be able to schedule things out and fit everything you need to get done into your schedule.
3. Ask for help.
This year may get overwhelming at times. Don’t feel like you have to brave it all alone; ask for help. It’s a good idea to talk out your ideas for the future with the adults in your life. Talk with your parents, your grandparents, close friends, teachers or your school counselor. They will all be able to give you good advice and help you through stressful moments.
4. Think about ALL your options.
You have so many options open to you right now; don’t close any doors. Use this year to explore new things and try to discover what really piques your interests and gets you excited. Take a self-assessment test and see how the results line up your interests with potential college majors and careers. Make sure those line up with the colleges you are considering.
5. Don’t forget to have fun.
Senior year isn’t just about planning for life after senior year is over. It’s also about enjoying your final year of high school with your friends. Take the time to be a teenager. Hang out with friends, go to the school dance, attend homecoming and try something new. If you’ve always done athletics, try out for the play. Get involved in the community with a new volunteer opportunity. This is your last year of high school; make some memories and have a good time.
By: Iowa College Access Network
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