Seven Things to Know Starting Your Senior Year
Part 1 of the High School Senior Series
1. The work doesn't get harder, the load just gets heavier.
Perhaps many people have told you that Senior year is the hardest year academically. But this is not because your classes are more challenging, you will most likely have around the same amount of classwork as you did Junior year. The added work comes from the Common App or outside applications that the colleges you wish to attend want you to fill out, trying to gain more job experience if you are going directly into the workforce, or training if you are going into the army or navy. So the best way to stay on top of this work is managing your time, which is ultimately one of the more significant skills you gain from your high school experience that will be helpful throughout your entire life.
2. Remain in activities where you create things, perform service, and are in the area you would like to major in.
While it may feel like a better idea to drop all of your activities and focus on getting all the projects and paperwork done, this is not the best, especially if you plan on going to college. Colleges like to see that you are able to remain committed. These activities are also able to give you a full resume that can make you a more qualified candidate. But outside of that, staying in these activities provide a break from school and the chance to form relationships with people who have the same interests as you.
3. Take mental health days.
Going along with the last point, it is important to monitor your mental health just as much as your physical. Thankfully, awareness of mental health is increasing and therefore the faculty at your school is more likely to understand when you need to take a break. Even the most healthy students need a day off to recharge, and there is no shame in doing so.
4. Make time for family and friends.
It is a lot easier to get bogged down with all the work you need to get done than you would think. It is important to take the time to step away from your work and spend time with family and friends. This time gets more precious the closer you get to the end, so make sure you make time to meet with them.
5. Get on a regular sleep schedule.
Your schedule doesn't have to be the usual 10 to 6, it just needs to work for you. This can be a two hour nap when you get home and then a six hour sleep at the end of the day. As long as it is regular, your body will be full of more energy and your mind sharper to take on everyday tasks.
6. Exercise everyday—in any way possible.
Like the sleep schedules, there is no one way everyone should exercise. It doesn't have to be as vigorous as a forty minute run, it could be a walk everyday or multiple mini dance sessions in your bedroom. Just as long as you get your body moving and your blood circulating better, you will feel better.
7. Celebrate how far you've come.
This one is often overlooked as more tasks replace the ones you achieve. Sometimes, it may make you feel guilty to celebrate success when you have so far to go. But you must appreciate all the hard work you have done because you wouldn't be where you are today if you hadn't done it. And yes, it is a perfect excuse to buy a cake, even if it's a better grade on an exam in a subject you find difficult.