10 Tips You Should Know Before Senior Year - Seneca, SC Senior Photographer
Feb 17, 2020 | By: Kristin Clardy Photography
It is February! That means current seniors only have like 3 months until graduation! Crazy right?! JUNIORS, it's almost time for YOUR turn for senior year! How does that make you feel?! Time goes by so fast and before you know it you will be walking through the doors of your first day of senior year!
I wanted to put together a blog post with 10 helpful tips to know before your senior year so you can be prepared and ready to take on the most fun year of your high school career!
1. Figure out what you are looking for.
The best thing to do when thinking about your future college is first tackling the questions - Who are you? What do you like?
A lot of times it is easy to get caught up in what others say about schools, their opinions, their experiences, or what they have heard. What is important is discovering what best fits you. After all, you are the one who will be attending the school! This is your education, your experience, your memories, make it yours.
Do you like large classes or small classes? How far are you willing to live away from home? City, suburbs, or rural area? Christian school or non-Christian school? Are their clubs or sports you're interested in? What majors or classes are you interested in?
Figure out what you are looking for and why. This will help you in your college search and make it much easier when you're deciding where to apply or visit.
2. Write your essays over the summer.
Some schools require an essay along with the application. Upon researching schools you will find out exactly what type of essay the school(s) you are applying to is requiring.
College applications get piled into your senior year workload so it is best to do the essays during the summer before your regular school work gets added to your to-do list. This way you have more time to think and you won't feel rushed. It is great to go ahead and get started!
3. Study for your SAT/ACT tests!
If you are still trying to get the score you want on your SAT or ACT now is the time to re-take the test before it is time to submit your college applications. It may not be fun, but it is important to take this time to buckle down and study hard so you can achieve your goal.
4. Stay organized with all your college info.
You will be collecting brochures, research, notes, advice from councilors, and more! It is important to keep up with all this information so you can maintain knowledge about your potential schools. Create a binder or a folder so you can be sure to stay organized. This will be very helpful for you and your family!
5. Start looking and applying for scholarships
The earlier you start looking the better! You may find more opportunities sooner than later.
A great tip: Look for scholarships that require essays! I know that sounds sooo yucky but fewer students apply for scholarships because they don't want to write essays! So what does that mean? LESS COMPETITION! Go for it! There are millions of dollars up for grabs!
6. Schedule your senior portraits sooner rather than later!
The best time for your senior portrait session is during the summer before your senior year or in the fall. To make sure we have time to plan your session and create printed photos of your favorite images it is best to have as much time as we can get. Do not wait until the last minute to schedule. Your senior portraits are completely customizable for you and your unique style. Our goal is to create photos that you will look back on and be flooded with memories of your senior year!
You can go ahead and get on the calendar now if you want! Click here to contact me today!
7. Visit schools when you can
This was my personal favorite part of choosing a college. Visiting your potential school makes all the difference. Brochures and websites can only give you so much information, plus they are tailored to get students to apply. Actually going to campus, walking around, taking a tour, seeing what it looks like, and how the students are can really influence your decision. I decided some of the schools on my list were not a fit for me after visiting their campus.
Be sure to walk around campus without a tour guide and visit the surrounding towns too. Get to know the school on your own a bit, this will be helpful because you will truly get a feel for what campus life is like.
8. Seek advice from trusted sources
Talk to advisors, councilors, or admissions. You can even reach out to current students and ask them questions. Be sure to ask them what they like, what they don't like, ask them about campus life, and really get an insiders perspective. You may be surprised at what you learn and they also may help you.
9. Apply early when possible and do not worry after sending in your application
Applying early allows you to find out sooner rather than later where you stand with your desired school. This also leaves you time for other things and you have checked applying off your to-do list.
One big thing- do not fear or worry once you send your application. Remember that you will end up right where you are supposed to be no matter where that is. The Lord has a plan my friend!
10. Be Present
Make time for friends, family, and fun! You may not realize it now but your senior year will go by quickly. Graduation will be here before you know it! Soon you and your friends will be going different places, so make memories now! Be sure to live in the moment and take lots of photos!
Senior year is our thing here at Kristin Clardy Photography! Our senior portrait experience is unmatched and unlike any other! You definitely want to add senior portraits to your list of memorable experiences during your senior year! Let's set up your senior portrait consultation!