How to Survive Senior Year

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
As daunting as it may seem, Senior Year really is not the worst! It is definitely something to get yourself used to, but it is very doable.  Already being halfway through my Senior Year, I decided that I would give some tips that I wish were given to me last year.It was definitely something to get used to (at least for me!), but here are some tips to help you power through it:
  1. Stay organized, and get a planner! I live by my Lilly Pulitzer agenda, and highly recommend it to keep on top of things!
  2. Take power naps! Although sometimes they seem lame, they help so much, even if it is for 20 minutes. I started to take them after reading an article in Cosmopolitan, which provided tips on how to de-stress, and the rest is history!
  3. Use all of the help that you can get. My college counselor and I have grown closer and closer over the past year and a half considering the amount of times I have visited her. They are there to help, not to freak you out with college. Take advantage of it!
  4. Get an idea of where you want to apply by the beginning of September. I began applying to schools in September, and did not stop until January. It may not be the same for everyone, but if you know the kind of school that you are looking for, you can save yourself a lot of time and money with applications and supplements, something I did not do too well on!
  5. Going off of number four, if you know what schools you want to apply to, you can begin writing your supplements as early as you would like (or as early as the school releases the essay topics). Although they may not seem as important as the college essay, they play an equal role in deciding your placement in the school, so the more you get out of the way, the less stressed you are!
  6. Start writing your college essay in August. I, like many of my other peers, pushed it off over the summer because the idea of going back to school and starting the daunting application process stressed me out, but it is better to get this done before you get other homework and supplements! Trust me!
  7. Stay on top of your deadlines! I cannot stress how important this is. Not only are some schools unofficially rolling (Tulane, Albany etc.), but it helps prevent you from stressing out over a scary due date! submit everything at least a week in advance, it will feel like a weight lifted off your shoulders! 
  8. Call all of your schools a week after submitting your applications. My guidance councilor told my entire grade to do this, and I forgot about it completely when I began the application process. It is so important to your admissions decisions, because if your desired school will most likely not be running after you to make sure that you have submitted your transcript or SAT scores! Make sure you always call to check the status of your application!
  9. Enjoy it, high school does not last forever. Soon you will be a grown up and no longer have the comfort and friends you have in high school. Although it is good to grow and expand your horizons, take advantage of the present, because soon many things will change (for the good)!
xoxo,

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