You’re in the homestretch. It’s the last year before you leave for college, and we understand – you can’t think of anything else.
Pump the brakes, because you still have some work to do. It’s easy to get distracted during this exciting time, but it’s important to live in the present the year before you go to college. Cherish these last few months and make time to still plan ahead.
Here are some things to keep in mind as you navigate your last year of high school.
Plan Ahead While Maintaining Your Momentum
Just because you’re heading off to college next year doesn’t mean you can just check out until you leave. A lot of seniors get excited planning for college, visiting campuses, and thinking about all the freedom they’ll have when they leave home – and it’s completely understandable! College is an awesome thing to look forward to.
While you have lots of college planning to do during your last year in high school, it’s important to maintain the momentum you have and finish the year strong.
Don’t be a Slacker
Consider yourself a college student-in-training and kick bad habits before they become an issue. Stay the course, keep studying, and track due dates to meet the goals you’ve set for yourself.
We recommend banding together with friends to stay motivated, apply for more scholarships, and plan out what you have left to do before you head off for college. Stay strong in this last big year of high school!
Remember, Grades Still Matter
When colleges look at your transcript, you don’t want them to see all A’s until your last semester of high school. And they will look. If you are enrolled in dual credit classes, be conscious of your grades, too. Avoid starting your college career off with mediocre grades because of a lack of studying your senior year of high school.
You’re almost done, but you’re not done yet. Pay attention to your GPA and spend your time in class really learning the material. Your investment in time and studying now can positively affect your study of a subject later on, keeping you on track for your college course timeline.
Value Your Friendships
We know: this is going to be the best year yet! Senior recognition at football games, senior trips, graduation parties – it’s all happening. And before you know it, this year will be over. Use this time to make lasting memories, socialize with your friends, and hang out with your family.
You can plan for college while still living in the present during your last year of high school. Keep a healthy balance of college planning and maintaining your grades and social life to get the most out of this year.
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