As we head into summer, I know many of my junior class clients are itching to start that amazing senior year. There’s no wonder why; senior year is one of those times in your life that will forever be impressed in your mind as a milestone…and an important memory. But, like many things in life, being prepared and having clear expectations is key to being successful in something new. Here are five things you may not know about senior year:
You may still need to take core classes: Depending on your school’s curriculum, and the classes you’ve already completed, you may still be taking core classes during senior year. Many students think their class load may be very light in senior year (and it might), but it’s best to meet with an advisor to ensure that you are not missing any gaps in your requirements.
Your grade point average is important: Everyone says that junior year is the most important, when it comes to grades. It is extremely important to maintain your average, no matter what, and even when you are burdened with scholarship applications and visiting colleges. Did you know that some universities and colleges can revoke your scholarships or acceptance letters based on your grades slipping? That’s why school should still be the forefront of your list of priorities.
You may be more emotional: Sometimes, a big life change can make us feel vulnerable and more emotional than normal. Even if you’re not a crier, you may feel more teary eyed that usual, even when saying goodbye to the teachers or friends you weren’t that close with! You may cry sporadically, or feel more anxious with everything going on in your life: work, studies, sports, friends, and the many goodbyes if you are heading away from your hometown for college. Be open to the new emotions, and know it’s nothing to be embarrassed of.
Friends may change: Senior year is an important time to nurture the friendships in your life, but you may also notice that people begin to split off or slip away. It’s okay, even though it may be painful to watch lifelong friends find their own interests or new groups of friends, or to feel like you don’t have anything in common with your old friends. It can happen if you are all attending different schools, or even the same colleges. Knowing this beforehand can help it feel less personal or like a betrayal, and remember that your true friends will stick with you across the miles and through this year.
You may feel like a freshman again: Remember the jitters of freshman year? You had high expectations of the experiences and moments to come, and pressure to make it the “best ever”. You may feel those emotions again, but remember that your senior year may not look like everyone else’s, and that’s what makes it unique. Your college trips, applications, studies, and social life will be all your own, so stay focused on your priorities, and everything will fall into place!