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tips for upcoming highschool seniors

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Nikki’s Answer

The biggest piece of advice I can give is to go into your senior year with the attitude of creating balance. Senior year is pivotal in that it serves as your stepping stone for college (or for a career). Not just that though, it is also the closing of your high school chapter (one that you should enjoy as much as you possibly can). It is very important that you manage and balance personal goals and achievements with professional/academic ones during this year. Something I wish that I did more of in high school was take AP classes or even community college classes. Those classes can usually transfer as credits for your first couple years in college and it will lighten your work load a bit. All colleges have a "common core" set of classes that you often need to complete before you can graduate. These classes are typically generalized and ones that almost everybody needs to take to graduate. For example, I studied architecture in college and still had to take two basic English courses. Had I taken some AP or community college courses in high school I would have had a more open schedule my freshman year to focus more on my architecture classes. Often times too if you are in high school you can take the community college courses for free which will save you a bit of money going into college. So as far as academics go - try to discover what you want to do and be proactive about it now. It will make your college career easier. While this is incredibly important - make sure you balance your social life and give yourself time to be with your friends and family as much as you can. Once you graduate you may not get the chance to see these people everyday like you do now - so enjoy as much of it as you can!

Nikki recommends the following next steps:

Create goals/plans for the future and find things to do to support those goals
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Whitney’s Answer

Enjoy your last year of high school! Going into your senior year can be stressful because there's so much to consider with college applications, maintaining good grades, deciding a career path you'd like to pursue, and the financial implications on your future self with choosing a college and career. These things are very important, but don't neglect this important year of your life. When thinking about your senior year, you can:

- 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!
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Kevin’s Answer

Focus on getting college applications and deadlines organized early before schoolwork and other activities can distract you. Most applications are due before the winter, so preparing essays and getting letters of recommendations ready will take time. If you have the time now, I would recommend drafting a "main essay" that can be tinkered and applied to various prompts. Getting a draft essay ready early that you can work on throughout the fall would help a lot.

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.
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