Surviving Senior Year
1. Take college application seriously
If you didn't start your junior year, the beginning of senior year is when you need to decide which schools you will visit and which schools you'll apply to.
2. Make an appointment with your guidance counselor
If you feel overwhelmed by the number of schools to which you could apply, you're not alone. The good news is that your guidance counselor is sitting in his or her office right now with stacks and stacks of materials to help you develop a list of schools to apply to.
3. Get Rid of What You Don't Need
If you're not already inundated with marketing materials from every college in the land, you will be by the end of your visit with your guidance counselor. Do yourself a favor. If you know a school does not appeal to you, don't take the brochures. If they get mailed to your house, throw them away. Though you should probably consider some schools that aren't you're magically perfect ideal, there are also some that you will know just are not right. For example, if you have no intention of moving to Maine, then you don't need to hang onto that Bowdoin brochure any longer.
4. Keep Track of What You Do Need
You've met with your guidance counselor; you know which schools you want to investigate if not apply to. Your guidance counselor has probably sent you home with some materials, and probably more are on the mail. It's not a bad idea to set up a filing system for yourself so that when you are ready to work on your applications, you know exactly where each one is.
5. Don't Procrastinate
Applying to college can be a very scary thing, but don't hide from it. The sooner you get to work on your applications, the better off you'll be.
6. Don't fall prey to senioritis
This terrible condition strikes many students in their last year of high school. You have been working really hard. Don't put the brakes on now.
7. Stay rested
To do your best in school and on your applications, make sure you're getting at least eight hours of sleep a day. To accomplish this, you will also have to pay particular attention to Tip #5.
8. Don't stay home on Saturday
Go out and have some fun. People work more effectively when they mix it up with some downtime.
9. Spend time with friends and family
Without getting too schmaltzy, you might be moving away next fall. Now is the time to make memories that will last a lifetime.
10. Don't take college application too seriously
Yes, college is important. But, no, applying to it should not take over your entire life. Don't let the stress and pressure get to you.