Experiment AcademicallyMany high schools require seniors to complete an independent project. Use this to your advantage – choose to research a subject that you not only care about, but to which you are willing to apply effort. These types of assignments are common in college, and the project can serve as an opportunity to experience this form of academic endeavor while the stakes are low. It is also a great way to assume control of your education.
Avoid Slipping GradesWe all veer off-track at one time or another. It is unfortunate, but true. Remember, however, that if your grades start to fall due to senioritis, this will result in negative consequences. A sudden GPA decrease will be noted when you submit your final transcript, and it could cost you your offer of admission or a scholarship.
Remain Strong to Start StrongA smooth transition to higher education is supported by equal effort on both sides. If you are beginning a rigorous college program in the fall, not only will a dip in effort be noticed when your school reviews your final transcript, it will also ensure that it is much harder for you to focus again. At times, students view university as a separate opportunity to excel academically, but doing so involves skills that require time and practice to become college-ready.
Maintain Strong RelationshipsThe friends you make in high school are often the friends you keep for the rest of your life. Even if you do not intend to remain in touch with your high school friends, teachers, or administrators, these individuals have been invaluable in your growth. Thank instructors who are writing you recommendations, both in person and on paper. Enjoy these relationships during your last semester, and remember – if you’re having trouble, reach out! Teachers and administrators are there to help you.
Appreciate This Phase in Your LifeNo matter how your last semester of high school ultimately goes, you have achieved an impressive milestone with your graduation. Appreciate this moment, as well as your effort and the work you have completed. Although you may be struggling to reach your last day of high school, you have already come so far!
Andrea Deck is a professional GRE tutor and contributing writer for Varsity Tutors. She is a graduate student at Columbia University in the class of 2015.