THIS is your last chance to prove to colleges that you want to be on their campus, and you should be willing to work for it. Don’t miss out. Take advantage of the opportunities available to you now while you still have them. Whether it’s enrolling in AP classes, working outside of school, or volunteering in the community, this is the year to make a huge mark on your transcript and résumé. Don’t let your grades start slipping now!
Even if some of your classes are easier than they have been in the past three years, that isn’t an excuse to slack off. You won’t be a high schooler for much longer, so get as involved as you can. Join new clubs, cheer for your team in the football games, go to prom, audition for a school play or something that you wanted to do but never actually had the chance to do.
College and career training is just around the corner, so don’t give a future school or employer any excuse to drop your scholarships or pull your admission or let you go. Your colleges are keeping an eye on you, and they are going to expect you to maintain your GPA, as well as your commitment to sports and clubs.
Maintaining your physical and mental health is also critical during your senior year. Each day, give yourself the opportunity for a quick workout, at least one healthy meal, and an hour of alone time to calm down and relieve your daily stress. This may not sound like much, but it really pays off in the long run. Giving yourself a few goals to achieve per day will help keep you motivated and on task. Make sure your goals are specific and realistic, even if they are as simple as: ‘write down something that made me smile today.’
Guidance counselors know what senioritis looks like because they have seen it many times before. They might have some amazing advice to help you get over it. Guidance counselors also know what colleges are looking for, and they will do everything they can to show schools that you’re serious about your education.
These are your last days of high school. Don’t let petty problems get in the way of your success and happiness.
As sad as it sounds, once you graduate, you may never see some of your classmates again. Make the most of your time with them and be the kind of person they’ll enjoy running into at the gym or at the 10-year reunion. Smile when you walk in the hallway, have a study party to crush your finals, maybe ask friends to grab some ice cream after school. Some of them will appreciate your gesture more than you will ever know—even if they decline your invitation. And this all goes for your teachers, too. Be appreciative. Don’t let senioritis take over your life.
As soon as you notice a loss of interest in school, be proactive in getting back on track. Go in after school for homework help, or just talk to your teacher. When you start to slack, stop. Give yourself rewards for finishing your homework or studying for a test. Yes, you really are a senior this year. You are the top dog. Every underclassman is looking up to you. Live it up. I know it’s easy to get lost in your excitement about the next step in your education, but you need to stay focused. This is your last year of high school. Make it one to remember.