Nikki recommends the following next steps:
- Start with what you're passionate about and brainstorming what types of careers interest you.
- Determine which schools offer the major you're looking for and what type of college would you like to attend? Large or small school? One with financial aid opportunity? Also, starting with a community college to complete your basics while you determine your area of focus is also a great idea (and more financially feasible for many people). You don't have to have it ALL figured out your senior year, but you can still make progress toward your goals if you're unsure of what they look like.
- Prepare in advance for college applications. When you determine the schools that interest you, start working on those applications, and don't put them off to the last minute. Your school counselor can likely help you if you get stuck, too.
- Still focus on your high school curriculum. Don't neglect your current classes trying to figure out your future. Finish your high school career strong, and lean on your teachers and guidance counselor for the future items as much as you can!
If you start thinking about these things now, you'll be better able to enjoy your senior year without the stress of putting things off to the last minute.
Good luck to you!
While planning for the future and focusing on grades can be stressful, please remember to enjoy your last year as well. Senior year goes by really quickly.