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A Senior’s Guide for the End of the School Year

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With summer break just a couple months away, you may be making plans for a vacation or to hang out with friends. As much fun as that is, keep in mind that it’s really important to keep up your grades until the end of the school year if you want what’s best for your future. Here are some things you should be doing to stay productive before the last day of school.

Preparing for the End of the School Year

Don’t Overload Your Schedule

Yes, you have exams coming up, and you’re trying to juggle a job and maybe even a boyfriend or girlfriend. But you can’t accomplish anything if you have too much happening at once. If you’re not getting enough time to finish homework, reduce your hours at work. If you have other plans with friends but a huge test at the end of the week, see if your friends would like to help you study. If you let yourself get overwhelmed with fitting too much in, the stress will show in your grades.

College Acceptance and Job Opportunities

Once you have that college acceptance letter in hand, it can be easy to relax and not worry about grades. But a drop in grades toward the end of the school year can prompt some schools to rescind admissions offers. This is especially important if you’ve received a scholarship that you depend on, so keep up the hard work all the way up until summer break.

Improve Your Resume

You may already have a summer job lined up, and that’s great. If so, consider how you can describe your job in a way that makes you sound valuable on your resume. If you don’t have a job in the works, look into employment options available on campus next year, internships, or even volunteer opportunities in your community. It’s never too early to start building a resume that makes you look responsible to future employers.


Plan for Next School Year

Are you registered for classes or applied to a graduate program? If not, make sure to talk to an admissions counselor there to find out what he or she recommends you take. Many classes fill up fast, so if there’s something you were hoping to take right away, you’ll want to be one of the first in line. It’s also a great idea to start developing a relationship with your counselor since that’s who will be helping you figure out what’s best for your future.

It’s also a good time to start planning what you’ll need in your dorm room. See if your counselor can hook you up with a current student who can help you make a list of things you might want to purchase. During summer break, you can shop for necessities like a mini fridge, lamps, and a mattress topper that will help you sleep more comfortably.

Let Yourself Enjoy End of the Year Activities

A senior’s last day is priceless. Allow yourself to be fully present so you can remember all the special moments with classmates and teachers. You’ve worked hard to get to the end of the school year, and you deserve to enjoy every minute of it.

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