Senior year is preparation for college

Oh Hey, Senior Year Time to pony up! The last three years of school have been preparation for this year. This year is preparation for college.

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Oh Hey, Senior Year

Time to pony up! The last three years of school have been preparation for this year. This year is preparation for college.

You know that play in a dodgeball game where someone lobs a ball up in the air then drills you with another one? That is senior year.

A lot of students get caught up in the day-to-day demands of high school and the fun stuff that goes along with it (their eyes are on the lob ball) while college and all that goes with it is about to drill them in the gut if they don’t look! 

This kind of mental multitasking isn’t as tough as it sounds as long as you know what to look for.

Major senior year concerns: tough classes, leadership roles in extracurriculars, last shot at championships in sports or teams, prom, graduation, finals, last hoorah with friends from home.

Seems like enough for one year, right?

Major college prep concerns: last tries at improving ACT/SAT scores, college applications, letters of recommendation, financial planning, scholarship applications, college interviews and visits, planning living situation (housing, meal plans, roommates).

My best advice: have a comprehensive plan.

Put together a master calendar for this year. Of course some of it is pretty obvious – prom happens on a specific day in the spring, as does graduation, but plugging in those additional days for ACT tests and application deadlines will help tremendously in covering all your bases. Develop a savings goal and intermediate savings goals working up to the overall amount you’d like to have in the bank before you start college. Put them into your calendar, too. The visual of a master calendar is one of the best strategies to manage your time and see what you’re up against this year.

Another perk of keeping your eyes ahead: it’s the only known remedy for senioritis, a potentially deadly disease.

Also, I know it may seem like a lot of extra work, but apply for EVERYTHING, EVERYWHERE! A lot can change in a year. Apply to a school close to home. Apply somewhere you don’t think you can get in. Apply somewhere far away. Apply where your friends are going. Apply where you don’t know anyone. Definitely apply for EVERY scholarship – they’re giving that money away; why not give it to you?

It’s a lot more paperwork, but when decision-making time comes, you’ll be glad you can choose between so many different doors.  

Oh, and put it all in the calendar!

Make it a great year!

 

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