Staying Focused During Your Senior Year
You’re now a senior in high school. Less than one year away from graduating and you might be feeling a wide range of emotions--Everything from excitement to being terrified to head off to college. Don’t worry, I went through the same process my senior year, as have millions of other students! While this is certainly an amazing time in your life and you may be looking forward to starting your college career and getting out of high school, you still must prioritize your school work senior year.
There’s a common misconception that during your Senior year of high school you can simply slack off and not pay attention to your studies, but coming from someone who is now a junior in college, I would strongly advise you to do the opposite. I had an incredibly rewarding senior year of high school because I challenged myself in my studies and extracurriculars. From taking three Advanced Placement classes to being involved in speech and debate, theatre, and student council--I found a meaningful and rewarding final year of high school and this certainly helped prepare me for college.
In addition to challenging yourself, there are many practical reasons for maintaining your grades. First, the vast majority of universities in the United States will check your grades at some point during your senior year. At UA, we check both your 7th and 8th semester grades to make sure you passed your courses and that you don’t have any subject deficiencies.
Second, many scholarship opportunities available on Scholarship Universe require your cumulative high school GPA, and this includes your senior year classes. A single grade can determine whether you're eligible for certain scholarships so make sure you’re always doing the best you can!
The take home message is; use your senior year of high-school to seriously prepare yourself for college life. From forming great study habits, to being actively involved on your campus, to giving yourself the best opportunity for scholarships, your senior year of high school can be an immensely important starting block for future college success.
Whether you attend the University of Arizona or not, staying focused your senior year of high school will benefit you tremendously in your college career. I wish all seniors out there a wonderful final year. Make it count!