Ah, senior year. It seems like yesterday, I graduated last year and I’m about to start college (yayy). Senior year can be a lot of things, it can be frustrating, stressing but it also can be fun. At the end of the day, senior year is your last year of high school. Before you know it, you’ll be graduating. Times goes by so fast! And high school is a place to build memories. After high school ends, nothing is going to be the same, everyone is going to take different paths. So, instead of wishing it was over, make the most of it. Here’s a quote I found and I really like it a lot.
“A candle should burn brightest before it goes out.”
I know there are a lot of things to do in high school and it can be overwhelming. So here are some tips you should have in mind before going back to school. (This list is more of preparing for college type, but I also wrote a Senior Year Bucket-List with all the fun things you should definitely do this upcoming school year.) I also wrote a post with all the things I wish I had known before my last year of high school. Be sure to check it out!
Plan out your college applications. Set deadlines. When do you have to submit your application essay? When are the campus visits? When should you take the SAT or ACT? It is never too early to start planning. Thing is, there are a lot of things to do, so, planning and being organized will make everything easier. The sooner you start planning, the better. Even if you have no idea where to study or what major to choose, you should still take the SAT or ACT. You should consider taking a gap year, and many colleges or universities offer exploratory programs, for people, that don’t know what to major in, yet. Remember it is totally normal, not to know. I don’t know yet, and I’ve taken so many vocational tests! So, I decided to apply for the exploratory program in my school (Uofcincinnati).
Explore your options!
Even if you already know which college you want to go to, it’s good to keep looking for other options throughout the year. Take a look at some schools you might be interested in. Look for scholarships, there are so many scholarships out there. Look for different ways to pay for college. SAT or ACT? You haven’t made a final decision yet, and it’s better to make a decision knowing that you’ve explored all options.
Try new things.
Try new classes, join a new club, check out some new school activities.Consider mentoring a younger student. Make a list of all the things/ activities you want to try before graduating, and actually do them.
- Focus on your grades: I know, I know. You only want it to be over, no more math quizzes, no more English essays, and you’re wondering if that essay about William Shakespeare is actually important. I’m sorry to bring it to you but, all your grades are really important. It is your senior year, that means colleges and universities are going to be looking at your grades. So make a last effort and write that essay about William Shakespeare.
Get in shape!
You surely have heard of Freshmen 15. Well, it IS REAL! It actually happens! It isn’t a
myth. Students actually gain 15 pounds in their freshmen year. There’s a lot of delicious food in the dining halls and you mother won’t be there to stop you from eating all the ice cream you want. So, start getting fit, make going to the gym a habit. start making healthy choice
s on your own, (not because your mum is telling you to). Bonus tip: learn how to cook something simple.
Make the most of this year!
As I said at the beginning, before you realize you’ll be dancing like crazy at prom, and before you notice you’ll be graduating. Time flies my friend, so make the most of it. Senior year should be a memorable experience. Enjoy every single day with your friends and family. I’ve written a post about all the fun things every senior should do. Before you go, comments are always appreciated and be sure to share this lists with your friends! or just pin it!