Preparing for Senior Year of High School

on July 25, 2017

There’s plenty to be done while you’re finishing senior year, and procrastinating can throw a wrench into your post-high school plans.

 

Here are some ways to prepare for your last year of high school:

 

Application Strategy

 

It’ll be much harder to work on college applications once senior year begins. Cut down your list of colleges and start writing drafts of personal statements before school starts. Make a schedule for how much work you’ll put in each week on your applications. Finishing a couple each week can make the mammoth task less stressful.

 

Consider Financial Aid

 

Paying for college requires preparation. Many scholarships have deadlines in fall. Search for scholarships that fit you and get a sense for how much work the applications require.

 

Additionally, start filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as you can. Your parents will have to work on it, too. Starting early helps once you reach the end of the college admissions process.

 

Plan College Trips

 

Some of the more enjoyable aspects of the college search are the visits. Check out campuses near you that you’re interested in and pick a few colleges around the country to tour. High school seniors tend to take these trips during Thanksgiving weekend, winter break and other long weekends. Finalize your travel plans early and try to hit as many colleges as you can. 

 

Don’t Lose Track

 

As appealing as it would be to coast through your last year in high school, you still need to finish strong. Stay involved in your extracurriculars, study hard and continue your academic success. Despite what some high school graduates claim, colleges do consider your senior year grades and will rescind your acceptance if they drop. Staying motivated will help keep your grades up and work efficiently on your applications.

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