Senior Year Tips
It’s time to get back into the classroom and get to learning again! For incoming seniors, this is a big year. It can be easy to get distracted by the light at the end of that high school tunnel, but that doesn’t mean you should stop caring now and coast through graduation. You’ve worked hard to get to where you are, and setting yourself up for success in your final year will only serve you well after you walk across that stage and receive that diploma. If you’re worried about senioritis getting the best of you, never fear! We’ve compiled some of our best senior year tips for making it through the year strong, with your GPA and your best memories intact.
This goes for studying and extracurriculars. The urge to phone it in might be strong this year, but fight it. By preparing properly – whether that’s setting aside the time you need to study, or getting in extra practice, taking care to not let your routines slip – it’ll save you a lot of stress when grades roll in and graduation nears.
While we definitely want you to avoid getting too caught up in the future and what it holds, it’s important to look ahead this year. Because what’s ahead is different than it has been for so many years now. Ever since kindergarten, you’ve pretty much gotten through the school year, had a summer, and gone back to the school in the fall. Even going from elementary to middle school, and from middle to high school, you’re still in the same routine. Graduating from high school is a big deal, and changes that whole game. If you’re heading off to college, your schedules will be so different, and if you’re not sure what’s next, that doesn’t change the fact that post-high school life leaves you with no familiar halls to return to in the fall. Some students avoid looking ahead because that element of the unknown is a little scary. But thinking about what’s happening after you graduate is important.
Beyond looking past graduation, it’s important to have a plan. Not just for post-grad life, but also for life during your final high school year. Are there things you’ve wanted to accomplish before you graduate that you haven’t quite gotten around to yet? Are there accolades you’re aiming for that you need to step up your game to achieve? Whatever your goals are for your senior year, it’s important to take a step back from the big goal and break it up into strategic steps that can get you there without feeling like the overwhelming larger goal is all you’ve got.
Feel it All
Look, your senior year is going to be a little emotional. Maybe even a lot emotional at times. You’re probably going to do a lot of reflecting, and every now and then the fact that something is your “last” high school something will hit hard. Don’t shy away from those feelings. They are such a wonderful part of this time in your life, and you’ve got to soak it up. Because, you’re right, you’ll never get it back. Trying to temper your feelings in order to keep your “cool” factor high will really only hurt you in the long run. Feel those feelings, senior, you’ve earned that right!
Senior year can be intimidating for a number of reasons, but if you take the time to make some plans, reach some goals, and leave some space for the spontaneous, beautiful memories that will pop up this year, you’ll find yourself accepting that diploma with the comforting knowledge that you set yourself up for success, and you ran with that success with everything you had!