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Stay Focused Your Last Semester, It Counts!

Posted: March 01, 2017 | Author: Tessa Esplin | Read Time: 3 minutes

Students studying on a laptopYou think once you receive that college acceptance letter you can relax and start dreaming about the future, but that may not be the best idea. There are many things to consider in preparing for the transition to college life.

Here are 5 tips on what to focus on during your last few months in high school.

You’ll be asked to submit your final transcript, so don’t slack off.
Senioritis is a difficult thing to avoid, but just because you’re accepted into a college doesn’t mean you have immunity. Final transcripts are still part of the application process, and can effect things like scholarships, classes, and even your acceptance.Your college admissions office will request your final transcript to ensure you graduated and passed your classes – a new C, D, or F can catch their attention.

“Staying focused throughout your entire senior year is very important for your college readiness,” says Amie Tukuafu, SUU admissions advisor. “The grades you receive in the last semester of high school do affect your GPA and your ability to take the right classes your first semester. Staying focused and challenging yourself will help you succeed in the classroom once you are here on campus.’’

Have fun, but not that kind of fun.
Students can lose college admissions offers for plagiarizing, cheating, alcohol or drug-related misbehavior, or arrest. Stay in line of the values of your future school. This can not only affect your admission, but also future job opportunities.

Research scholarships.
One of the most productive things you can do in the months leading up to graduation is to research scholarships. Most deadlines for scholarships are early in the year, so make sure you are up to date with when applications are due, and know when you will be notified if you receive it.

Get ahead; avoid all easy classes your senior year.
Even though you have all your difficult credits filled by now, that doesn’t mean you should take all easy electives. One of the most beneficial things you can do is take mentally challenging classes towards the end of your high school years, so then when you are taking harder classes in college you’ve developed good study habits to help you succeed. High school seniors can enroll in concurrent enrollment classes, allowing you to complete some college credits before you even step foot on campus. Now that’s getting ahead!

Plan for your #1 school, but have alternative options.
You can think you want something and that nothing can thwart your plans, but unforeseen things happen and having a second option is never a bad idea. There are financial issues you can run into, family issues, or maybe you just decide last second that what you thought was your #1 school, isn’t for you.

In summary, it shouldn't be too hard to keep up on school, because it’s what you’ve been doing for the past few years. All you need to do is keep up on the good work until you graduate, and you should have little to worry about. Above all, stay close to your friends. They are more important that you may think. At college, you’ll be surrounded by a whole new crowd of people, but your friends from high school helped you become who you are today, and their support will always be important.

College is an exciting journey, make sure you have what it takes to get there. If you have questions, reach out to the SUU Admissions Office.

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