Senior year advice and how to make senior year effective
So it’s your senior year in high school and you’re probably super excited for the year to come. You finally get to go to college and become your own person, pursue your dream, or maybe just get away from the bullshit. So here’s some of my best advice to make senior year a good one:
SENIORITIS WILL HAPPEN
- There is literally no way you can avoid this. It’s like a deadly parasite that just consumes you. It’s very effective, especially if you’re surrounded by people who have already entered the “fuck school I just want it to be over” phase.
- The way senioritis works is, the busier you are, the less it will hit you. I was a pretty active student year round. I had tennis , our drama one acts in the fall, FFA, plus work. In the spring semester I had our school play, track, and I joined our FFA vet science judging team (which helped kept me focus ) .
- Winter is honestly the only time you should indulge lazyness. Get it out of your system and devote the rest of your school year to being productive
DON’T FILL YOUR SCHEDULE WITH TEACHER ASSISTANT AND OFFICE AID ELECTIVES
- The one thing colleges love to see (besides student involvement and volunteer hours) is that you have a REAL schedule lined up for you your senior year. Get classes that apply to what you want to do in college, or find classes that you think you might be interested in. You never know if that could be the deciding point on what you want to do with your life.
- Honestly, it’s going to suck when all your friends have relaxing classes most of the day and you have stacks of homework to do your senior year (trust me i’ve been there) but in the long run, colleges will thank you, and senioritis I can guarantee won’t hit you as bad when you’re taking classes that challenge and interest you.
- This is honestly all preference and knowing your limits, but if you have never taken a AP class your high school career you should probably take one. High school classes are NOTHING like college. AP prepared me more for college and studying then any mandatory classes i’ve ever taken
- KNOW. YOUR. LIMITS. I only took one AP class my senior year because I knew I would be working and doing a lot of school involvement. Some people liked to make their schedule mostly AP classes because in may when they take their AP exam they just chilled for the remaining of the school. Personally I think that’s a dumb idea, because then you’re just wasting your time for a couple of weeks and it’ll make you want to ditch class, etc.
APPLYING TO COLLEGE
- PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD APPLY EVERYWHERE
- You never know what schools you’re actually going to get accepted to. You may think you have stanford in the bag and only apply to that school. But if you get rejected and have no where to turn but a local community college, your life will suck.
- Don’t worry about being undecided, a lot of people are in the same shoes as you are, and college will understand
- BRAG ABOUT YOURSELF. When you do those little “why should we accept you essays” you need to write yourself as the shiny little gold nugget that you are. Have confidence in yourself
- When applying to out of state: you better know your shit. No one is going to help you as much because your councilors only know about local and state colleges. Especially when you decide to go to out of state college, KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING. Always check your emails and follow the college steps like it’s your lifeline or you’ll miss something.
- Just apply to all of them. Trust me on this because I can guarantee you half of your graduating class would have not applied to a single one of them
- Don’t be lazy
“SENIOR YEAR IS THE BEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE”
- This is complete bullshit but it also depends on each person
- Senior year is honestly like every other year but you’re expected to be more of an adult. No one is going to make you apply to colleges and no one is going to make you do anything.
- Senior year isn’t like it is in the movies, you won’t be partying all the time and not every second of it is going to be perfect. You might lose some friends and some things you love will change. It’s a very emotional and exciting time, make the most of it.
- Spend as much time with your high school friends because you’ll probably never see them again. That girl that you’ve been soccer buddies with all 4 year is probably never going to text you again, so make the most of your friends.
- Attend all the high school events. It’s the last time you’ll ever be able to do it, so make some memories.
SOME ADVICE TO FRESHMEN
- Don’t be scared
- you’re going to lose some friends and make new ones
- but for the love of god get involved. it’s not “cool” to be a slacker. Honestly you’ll have a better experience and things will go by a lot faster.
- Do your damn homework, it actually counts in high school
- be nice to your teachers
- make the most of your high school experience. It goes by faster then you think.