Make the most of your senior year

300x200-Oct-CampusVisitsSoon you’ll be a senior! It’s time to celebrate! But there’s still a lot to do in your last year of high school to help prepare for college. Here are five things to do to make the most of your senior year.

• Keep up your good grades. Yes, this is still important! Even if you’ve been accepted to college, they will still require you to submit a final grade report, and they’re not going to be happy if you’ve been slacking off! Plus, your grades can affect your scholarship eligibility.

• Explore career options. Not sure what you want to do with your life after college? Not to worry. Take some time to talk with adults you know about their career paths. This is a great time to learn about all kinds of options that are available to you.

• Meet with your high school counselor. Schedule a meeting with your counselor early in the school year. If they understand your goals, dreams, and any challenges you have early on, they can provide invaluable guidance and help you stay on track throughout the year.

• Sock away some $$. Work part-time and save up. You’ll be happy for the extra spending money once you’re away from home!

• Search for scholarships. Even small scholarship awards can add up and help pay for costs like books and supplies. If you’ve already selected a major, ask the financial aid office if there are scholarships particular to that field of study.

Tip: You might want to consider taking a course at a local college to start racking up college credits. It will help prepare you for college-level classes, without the pressure of a full course load.

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