Welcome to the December /January newsletter:
As the class of 2017 prepares for its last year of high school there are a lot of emotions and ambiguities about what the next year and the four years after that will bring. High school seniors are making one of the biggest decisions of their lives and, for many students and their parents, it will feel as if this moment came sooner than they anticipated.
The previous three years of high school went by in the blink of an eye and senior year will be no different. Navigating the final year of high school can seem like the work has been completed, However there are a lot of nerves and high expectations for the best year ever, and this can sometimes lead students into thinking they can just relax. It is important that senior students understand that there are still some things that matter and need their attention.
Grades STILL matter.
Just because colleges may initially only see first semester grades doesn’t mean that the rest of the year doesn’t matter. Colleges look at grades from all four years of high school, even if colleges don’t see senior year grades right away. Colleges will require students to submit a final grade report, and poor grades senior year can keep you out of your first choice college. Some colleges have even been known to withdraw acceptances if the final transcript shows a sharp drop in grades.
Keep motivation high
Whether it strikes mid-fall semester at the height of application season, or next semester when school seems to be winding down, a drop in motivation and classroom performance will affect students. It’s important to know that this lack of motivation can affect a student’s admission to his or her desired university. This “mood” can leave students ill prepared for a college course load as they can get used to putting in the basic minimum to get by .
Exciting and emotional.
There will be a lot of “lasts” this year. Last first day of school, last pep rally, last spirit week, etc. It’s easy to get caught up in the nostalgia, especially as the reality of the end of high school begins to set in. It will be an emotional year as students prepare for college and begin to say goodbye to their school, teachers and friends, but it’s going to be fun!
It is important that as they make time for schoolwork that they also make time for friends and fun. Senior year is important as it’s the stepping stone to college, but it’s also an important time to spend with family and friends, making memorable memories before they head off in different directions. Students should focus on academics but also embrace opportunities that will make the most of their last year.
During the senior year, students will make some great memories. They will stress over college applications, exams and graduation. They will experience disappointment whether it’s a college rejection or losing a big game for the last time. Senior year requires students to do a lot of growing up in a short amount of time, but with support from parents, friends and teachers, they will make it through, ready to confront the next chapter of their lives.
Students will be busy, organization is the key.
Balancing a tough course load, college applications, extracurricular and all the final activities that come with senior year will be an enormous challenge. Time management is essential to their success, especially as students immerse themselves deeply into those college applications.
It is encouraged that they keep a detailed agenda with important deadlines, test dates and other obligations they will have throughout the school year. They should set aside blocks of time for studying, extracurricular and college applications. Putting it in writing will hold them accountable and keep their schedule organized.
I know the senior students are prepared to embrace second semester and to flourish in their admission and acceptance process.
Have a wonderful Holiday Celebration and New Year! See you next semester!