Tips for High School Seniors
When you become a high school senior, you think that you can walk on water. You feel cool, you act cool and you know that in one year, you’ll be out of school and ready to live on your own.
But before you think of your senior year as a time to slack off and party until college, you may want to rethink your decisions. The following are a few tips for high school seniors.
1. Prepare yourself for college.
If you have yet to determine which college you’re going to, you need to start making the decision soon. Most schools require your admissions package to be submitted before you graduate, so it’s a great idea to have a school in mind.
If you are applying for loans, grants or scholarships, you also need to work on this as soon as possible. Like admissions, most schools require all of your payment methods to be figured out before you start school. Make sure that you thoroughly fill out and submit all of your information before it’s too late. If you are receiving scholarships, make sure that you keep your GPA up and that you don’t make any mistakes that will nullify your scholarship.
By preparing yourself in advance, you’ll eliminate any last minute confusion which can deter your admissions process.
2. Don’t think college is going to be easy.
Think of how college is depicted on television and now realize that your experience isn’t going to be like that at all. Yes, there are going to be parties, but that’s not all that takes place on college campuses. Professors aren’t going to let you skip every class and still graduate. You will actually need to work hard if you want to pass. The last thing you want is to end up with a large amount of student loans and no degree to show for it.
So before you go and spend all of your money on beer bongs, you may want to invest in some items to help you study too.
3. Enjoy the time spent with your friends.
Once you move on to college, you may lose the friendships you currently hold dear. And it won’t be anyone’s fault. When people get into college, they start to make new friends and join new clubs and figure out who they are. They may realize that some of the friends they had in high school will move on too, and best high school friends will be replaced with best college friends.
Use your senior year to make great memories and spend great time with your friends, as you never know if you will share these experiences again.
4. Start acting like an adult.
The best way to prepare yourself for life after high school is to start acting like you’re responsible enough to live on your own. Start being financially responsible. Learn how to wash clothes and go grocery shopping and make educated decisions. If you can’t handle doing these small things, you’re going to have a major reality check when you don’t have mom and dad to do everything for you.
The earlier you start acting like an adult, the more responsible you’ll be when you’re on your own.
Your senior year of high school should be enjoyed. You’re at the last step of your education before college, and you will soon be out in the world alone. Try to make the best of your last high school years while preparing yourself for the future.
Samuel Jackson is a high school senior and avid writer. He is currently working on an essay on The Scarlet Letter. In his spare time, Samuel loves to read, blog, and hang out with friends.