Senior year preparation for college

I look at senior year of high school as an entire year to prepare yourself for college. Even if you feel as if some of your classes aren’t preparing you exactly how you’d like, a lot of the work is what you choose to do on your own.

Take this year to get close with your guidance counselor. Talk to them as much as you can; they specialize in many departments that you may not be aware of.

Take as many dual-credit classes as possible if you haven’t started already. Thirty dual-credit hours will knock out nearly one year of college. It is a great idea to take these classes in high school with teachers you are familiar with so you don’t have to worry about them later on. They can also save you a lot of money in the long-run. Be sure to get these credits transferred to the college of your choice as soon as possible for them to count.

During their senior year, especially second semester, many students experience some sort of senioritis and aren’t as driven. Don’t let it affect your grades. Continue to show initiative. Many people in high school don’t realize that colleges pay a lot of attention to your senior year academics and activities. Take this time to fill out every scholarship application that applies to you. Even if you don’t feel confident that yours will be chosen, chances are everyone else is thinking the same as you, so it doesn’t hurt to try. There are also many scholarships that as long as you take the time to fill them out, you have a very good chance of getting them.

Be aware of how to fill out resumes and letters of recommendation; these will help you tremendously in the near and far future. Participating in internships or other programs like Twin Rivers is great for job-shadowing and getting a head start. They also look great on college and job applications. Keep in mind that many scholarships are looking for people who have helped out their community through volunteer work.

Your senior year is the perfect time in your life to start working if you haven’t already. Many people are not going to be able to get through college without some sort of job on the side. Working during school helps to strengthen your time management skills. Get into the rhythm of managing your time between work and school so it is not a shock to you later on.

Take this year to visit any colleges you are interested in. Some schools allow you free days to go visit colleges without an attendance penalty.

Take this year to strengthen your writing skills; essays are a big part of college applications and college in general. Participate in senior activities, trips and ceremonies. Colleges may look into this as a way of seeing how involved you are with your classmates and teachers, and it may be beneficial to you in the future.

Do research and try to figure out what major or majors you would like to pursue early on. You will constantly be asked by teachers, friends, family, employers, etc. what area of study you are interested in and if you find yourself telling people over and over that you don’t know, you probably never will.

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