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What helpful advice can you provide when it's time to start the 12th grade?

When it's time to start the 12th grade, in the American educational system, a crucial year for college preparation, what helpful advice can you provide?

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Nicholas’s Answer

Hey Melani,

Here are some pieces of advice that I would recommend to you:
1. Have a plan for after you graduate. Generally speaking, know what the next move is after you graduate. College? Gap Year? Technical School or an apprenticeship? Just have a plan in affect. This is going to be the most important part of the year in my opinion, it is what you want to center your senior year around. Depending on what your plan is, I am sure you can find advice pretty quickly here on CareerVillage.
2. In the first semester especially, work really hard. If you are going to college, you want to make sure that your grades from your first semester are good/ up to par of what your grades have been in high school. Make sure that you give it your all. This could be the last semester that you have to report grades to college, so make sure that they are good ones.
3. Have a ton of fun! This is the last year of high school and I know that I certainly miss the times of second semester of messing around with my friends in class and having fun. Go to school football games, enjoy your senior season of the sport you're in (if applicable), hang out with your friends, and relax a little bit in the second semester. Also go to all the events your schools is putting on like the dances and stuff, also a fun time.
- While 12th grade was stressful, I remember it being by far my favorite year of highschool, so make sure that you enjoy it. You only do this year once, so make it count!
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Julia’s Answer

Hi Melani! One recommendation I have for you when starting your senior year is to start out strong. This may seem obvious, but the period going into senior year and throughout can feel overwhelming, and it's important to stay level-headed. Be realistic with your courses, make time to participate in volunteer work or extracurricular activities, and pace yourself. Creating a routine and solid study habits at the start of the school year will aid your success for the rest of the year. By establishing a routine, you will find that it becomes easier to manage your time and consistently achieve your goals for where you would like to devote your time. Creating and updating a weekly to-do list is also very beneficial, as it allows you to visualize and prioritize your tasks which increases your daily productivity. Lastly, practice writing. This is a specific task that will give you a head start when you go to college. The ability to create thoughtful, concise, structured writing will help you immensely in almost every single class you take. Practice writing thesis statements, creating outlines for your essays, formatting sources, and finding scholarly sources. The time you take to practice it now will save you lots of time in the future. Best of luck to you in this coming year!

Julia recommends the following next steps:

Review your choices for classes and discuss them with an advisor
Participate in volunteer work
Create a to-do list every week
Watch Youtube videos about how to study efficiently and effectively
Check out sources for writing practice (Purdue Owl "Owl Exercises" is a good one)
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