As 2016 draws to a close, many of us are busy setting our New Year Resolutions. But if you’re a current high school senior, now is also a great time to set some goals for the rest of the school year. Here are some suggestions for ‘Senior Year Resolutions:
- Resolve to apply for scholarships. Many scholarships have due dates between January 1 and April 30, so get out there and earn yourself some money for college! Set up an appointment with your school counselor to discuss your options and set up a ScholarshipQuest account if you haven’t already. Make sure that you apply for the small scholarships as well as the big ones—those small scholarships can really add up!
- Resolve to be organized. You will have a lot on your plate next semester, from scholarship/college deadlines to extracurricular activities to schoolwork. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you have so much to do, so now would be a good time to embrace the weekly planner and the to-do list. Take 10-15 minutes at the beginning of each week to record your assignments, tasks, and activities for the week, either in a physical planner or on your phone. Cross off or delete tasks as you complete them and add new tasks as they arise during the week. If you know what you need to accomplish each week, it’s easier to set aside time to complete those tasks.
- Resolve to finish strong. One of the biggest obstacles of senior year is senioritis—being mentally done with high school when you still have months left to go. However, it’s important to still do your best, even when you don’t feel like it. Try to have a good attitude toward school in the little time you have left. Believe me when I say it will all be over before you know it.
- Resolve to be thankful. Soon you will leave high school, and possibly your hometown, behind. Take some time to think about the people that you’re thankful for. Now go thank them! School is hard, and it’s a great idea to let your family, mentors, teachers, and friends know how much you appreciate their help. Tell them in person or send them a thank you note to express your gratitude.
- Resolve to have fun! You will never be a high school student again after this semester (waits for the applause and cheering to end). While entering the ‘real world’ is exciting, it’s easy to let time pass you by and take your high school life for granted. Make sure to be fully engaged in whatever you’re doing. Enjoy your family, make great memories with your friends, and finish out your senior year in style. You’ve almost made it, now make the end count!