Claire Dickerson, 12
If you’re a senior, you may be lucky enough to know where you’re going to spend the next four years of your life. You’ve spent the early winter filling out numerous college applications, time that you’ll never get back, but that was well spent. The wait is almost over, and by now you’re probably well familiar with the anxiety of waiting for your top college’s decisions to be released. If you’ve already received an acceptance letter, congratulations, you can breathe a sigh of relief! And if you haven’t heard anything yet, try to relax because at this point there’s nothing you can do but wait a little longer.
If in fact you are planning to attend a university next fall, there are some important matters you need to take care of. First, you’ll need to make your final decision on what college is best for you. Choose carefully, as this will most likely become your home for the next four years. While making this choice, go visit the school (if you haven’t already) and talk to current students, other accepted students, and admissions counselors to learn as much as you can. After you’re sure of your decision, you will most likely have to accept your offer and pay a deposit, securing your spot for next fall.
Once you’ve secured your spot at a school that’s right for you, sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of your senior year. Several exciting activities that most, if not all, seniors participate in are prom, beach week, graduation, and graduation parties. Take advantage of your exam exemptions and try not to exceed your absence limit.
While you’re relaxing and enjoying the end of senior year, keep in mind how expensive college is. While some are lucky enough to have parents who can help them pay tuition, most of us will carry the entire weight of their college financials. A good way to prepare and get ahead is by having a summer job. Making some extra cash before you begin life as a college student will take a fraction of the weight off your shoulders. Current college students already know this, so they will be the first ones to snatch up most of the jobs as soon as they’re home. The sooner you find a way to make money the better. Another way to take ease the financial situation is by applying for scholarships. There are many scholarship opportunities offered by numerous groups and organizations. Some only receive a few applicants, so your chances of winning are higher than you think.
The summer after we graduate will be the shortest summer we get, only ten weeks to be exact. Travel, make some money, and use your freedom wisely to make the most out of those ten weeks. While you’re out there living it up, remember that these are some of the best days of your life, so don’t take them for granted. During this time, look for a roommate, if you don’t already have one. Plan and shop for your dorm room, make sure you have a good backpack, clothes for college, and a laptop if you need one. After that, embrace the transition because the next chapter of your life is about to begin.