It’s no secret that the senior year in high school is the best of the four. Finally, you’re at the top of the tower and all of the lower grades look up to you. This is your last year of required education, and afterwards you’re free to do with your life as you please. I know people who quit the last year of high school, my friend Scott for example took GED prep in Bronx college and got his GED diploma pretty fast. So, he saved some time but why do that?
By senior year, you’ve probably already found your ideal set of friends and have made many new ones. Now that you have the traditionally tough junior year out of the way, be happy — senior year rocks!
So what’s so important about your senior year?
Basically, making the most out of high school. I can’t stress this enough. After this year’s over, this whole part of your life is over, and you won’t get it back. High school is awesome because of the balance between responsibilities and freedoms. You have more privileges than you’ve had before (driving, etc.), but you still don’t (always) have as many responsibilities like work and bills. If you’re going to be a senior, you’re already through with 3/4ths of your time there. Make the most of the last bit.
Academics are King
As a general rule colleges mainly look at your junior year academics. By the time you’ve turned in your college applications, it’s too much early to tell what your grades are going to be for your senior year, so these usually aren’t as big of a deal. If you did well your junior year, you just need to keep it up. So in your senior year, take classes that are consistent with what you’ve been taking. If you’ve been taking a lot of college prep classes, keep it up and take some your senior year too — don’t just drop down to a bunch of PE and art classes, this looks awful. If you used to take 5 or 6 honors/AP classes, you should be fine if you drop down to 3 or 4 honors/AP classes (unless you’re aiming for the most prestigious of schools).
Keep your grades at a consistent level as well — taking hard classes means nothing if your grades aren’t what they used to be. In your second semester, once you’ve decided your school, it is okay to take it a bit easier, but make sure you’ve checked your school’s admission requirements first. Some will revoke your admission if your grades aren’t at a certain level. One girl at my school lost her admission to UC Berkeley because she let everything go! Don’t do that. Read More The importance of senior year in high school