Oh how everyone hates high school but ends up missing it… welcome back miners, especially you seniors! Now that we are back to waking up at seven, and now that school is back in session, there are a couple of things that you seniors need to keep up with.
First, since you have or should have already applied for the colleges you are considering, it is now time to apply for financial aid which is now available at fafsa.gov. You must hurry and finish filling out the forms because the portal closes in early March, and If you need more information, attend FAFSA night which will be taking place on February 4th in the El diamante library. In addition, it is a good idea to send in a copy of your SAT and ACT scores to all of your selected colleges if you already have not. Also keep in mind that just because you have applied for college does not mean your job is complete. Constantly check your email because colleges may request for additional information. If you fail to keep track of deadlines, it may affect your admission badly.
Secondly, start applying for scholarships. You can visit the student service office for information on local scholarships or you may simply search nationwide scholarships on the internet. I know many of you guys will probably think it is a waste of time because your chances are slim. Nevertheless, do it anyways. You never know, you may win five hundred dollars or even five thousand just for writing a good essay. It is worth the hassle. So please take the time to consider signing up for scholarships because you need all the financial support you can possibly get.
Thirdly, we all know that the most important dance is coming up in May, so ladies and gentlemen, if you are planning to customize your selected garment, it is best to start sending in measurements and placing orders now. Not only does it usually take more than a month for designers to finish perfecting garments, but by now we should all learn that avoiding procrastination will avoid trouble.
Fourthly, purchase your yearbooks! Yes, I say “your” because it is no one’s year more than it is yours. Like myself, many of us do not have brilliant memory, and that is okay because photos can be used as a secondary memory. A yearbook may not be as useful to have now, but ten to twenty years from now, you are going to open the thing and laugh tons, perhaps even cry. If you already have not, buy one as soon as possible, supremely because prices go up the more you postpone. So seniors, get to it! You will be glad you bought one.
Fifthly, realize that this is our last year of being treated like a kid, although senior year may be about relaxing, be aware that a portion of senior year is supposed to be about sorting out priorities. Even though some colleges do not review grades from twelfth grade for admission, there are other schools that will. Make sure that you are doing well in class because grades reflect character. Most importantly and unlike high school, college is not free. Begin adjusting study habits now because college most likely will not offer second chances on exams nor put up with excuses on why your paper is late. The stunts you have pulled on your high school teachers are not acceptable with college professors. It is best to start preparing yourself now.
And lastly, remember to enjoy! Get involved with several activities and attend school events. Senior year should be balanced between work and fun. Bring home good grades, but come home knowing you enjoyed the day as well. We do not get any younger and will not be getting younger; time cannot rewind itself. Graduation is less than five months away, make these last months count!