If you’re a high school senior, your head’s probably spinning with all the emotions you’re dealing with and all the things you need to do to get ready for college and the next exciting phase of your life. And, oh yeah, you still have to keep up with your current studies so that you finish strong come next spring.
Relax. Sure, your senior year in high school can be a hectic roller-coaster ride, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be an enjoyable and productive one, too. The following are just a few ways that you can make this the best year of your academic career so far and prepare yourself for success in the years to come.
Get active. Don’t fall victim to the Siren call of senioritis. After 12 years of schooling, it can be temping to just sit back and kick your feet up. Big mistake. Nowadays colleges want active, engaged students. They want doers. Run for Student Council. Volunteer. Find opportunities to lead. Do as much as you can without compromising your studies. It will make you a more well-rounded person and demonstrate to college admissions reps that you’re just the type of student they want.
Step outside of your comfort zone. For the past three-plus years, you’ve probably hung around with the same people and taken part in the same activities. But come next fall when you arrive at college, this level of comfort will be gone as you’re suddenly meeting new people and living in a totally new environment. Don’t wait until next year to stretch yourself and try new things. Make some new friends now. Spend time with different people than your usual crowd. Try a new sport. Try out for the play. Join a club. Get used to stepping outside of your comfort zone now, and it will help in your transition to college next year.
Stay in the present. In your senior year it’s so easy to spend a lot of time daydreaming about the future and reminiscing about all the good times you’ve had with your friends. It’s fine to spend some time thinking about what schools you want to attend and what you might want to major in. Likewise, there’s nothing wrong with thinking about the past during this emotional year of your life. Just don’t get so caught up thinking about the past and future that you forget your responsibilities today. Make sure you’re devoting enough time to your studies and responsibilities so that you don’t end up compromising your future. At the same time, don’t be so focused on the past that you miss out on all the great memories you’re living right now. Love the past. Prepare for the future. But live in the now!
Take care of yourself. Get enough sleep. Eat right. Exercise. Spend time with friends. Embrace your family. Read. Laugh. Have fun. This may be your last year in high school, but there’s oh so much more to come! Take care of yourself now so that you’ll be able to fully experience and appreciate everything that life has in store for you in the years ahead. ~