How to survive and prepare for senior year
As the school year comes to a close, the Class of 2020 is hit with the realization that they are now the senior class. Lots of responsibility comes with this title: applying to college, being a role model for underclassmen, figuring out your future and becoming an adult. This burden can be difficult to manage for some, so here are some tips and tricks to help you out:
Begin working on college applications early
The sooner you work on college applications, the better. You want to look responsible and on time, so beginning applications and essays in the summer will help you. Additionally, it will save you a lot of time during senior year to focus on your classes and keep up your grades. You will thank yourself later.
Take classes that interest you
Although senior year is one of the most important years of your life, that doesn't mean you need to deprive yourself of a social life and take five Advanced Placement classes. Take classes that could come in handy for your future. By doing this, colleges know what you're interested in and you stand out more.
Don’t give up, keep working hard
Senioritis is real and contagious, but don’t let that get in the way of your academics. It's important for you to keep your grades up and stay focused. “I would say not to slack on any assignment in the beginning of the year because when you get to senior year, you tend to slack more and get senioritis," graduated senior Patrick Mcneilly advises. Make the most of your last year in high school!
Take up a new pastime
It's never too late to take up another hobby. Join a club, sport or team. Not only will it make you look unique among seniors, but you can learn new things and make new friends. It'll also be a stress-reliever among the bustle of senior year.
Ask for letters of recommendation early
Teachers have a lot of work on their plate already, so you want to make sure that asking them for a letter of recommendation isn't just another chore. That way your letters of recommendation will be positive.
Sophia Lucarelli. staff writer More »