Senior year is such an exciting time! There is so much happening and even more to look forward to; it’s no wonder that many seniors find themselves in a bind at the end of the year because they’ve fallen victim to senioritis. Here are a few things to remember to help you stay on track:
Skipping class is still a bad idea.
Students sometimes think that senior year is time to be a little more lax about their attendance, but this can come back to bite you when you realize you’ve missed crucial assignments or test information!
Your grades still matter... even in the second semester!
After those acceptance letters arrive it can be tempting to think that you don’t really need to stay on top of your GPA anymore. But schools retain the right to revoke admissions and scholarship offers if your grades slip below the threshold, and your final transcript will need to be sent to them at the end of the year. You have a lot on the line, so make sure you study and complete all assignments to keep your grades up to par!
Don’t get overwhelmed – get organized.
On top of school, extra-circulars (and maybe even an after school job), this year you will need to balance things such as senior portraits, campus visits, prom, AP tests, the college admissions deadlines and more. It can be easy to feel as if you’re being pulled in a million different directions, so staying organized is critical! Make lists of your activities and keep a good calendar to stay on top of it all and ensure that everything gets done.
There are resources available, so use them!
Your teachers know how crucial this year is, so if you find yourself struggling don’t be afraid to go to them for extra help. If you find yourself overwhelmed by the college admissions process, see your counselor or someone who has recently been through the process themselves for advice. You can also reach out to your college admissions department for guidance as you begin the college application process.
Take pride in your performance.
When graduation day comes, you’ll walk across the stage in front of your family and friends and accept a diploma that represents four years of your life. When Pomp and Circumstance plays, make sure you can strut across that stage and feel good about the work that you’ve put in!
According to the National Association of College Admission Counseling, 21 percent of colleges reported that they had revoked an admission offer, with an average of about 10 rescinded offers per college.