1. PLAN AHEAD ON COLLEGE APPS AND TURN THEM IN EARLY
Make sure you are aware of deadlines for every schools’ application as well as scholarship application deadlines. If a school uses early action that is non-binding, TURN YOUR APPLICATION IN THEN! IT WILL ONLY HELP YOU! You also will get a decision sooner! If you are set on a school that has a early action that is binding and 100% want to go there, USE IT! You will have a much better chance getting in to those low acceptance schools. I made the mistake of waiting until the day of to turn in some applications and it only added more stress and more of a chance of forgetting something where it becomes too late to change it.
2. HAVE MULTIPLE PEOPLE CHECK YOUR ESSAYS OVER
Ask your English teacher, your college advisor, your parents, a friend. Make sure that several sets of eyes look over your essay.
3. SPEND LOTS OF TIME WITH PEOPLE WHO MATTER
MAKE TIME for your friends! Set dates and make plans in advance so you KNOW everyone will be available. You all will be apart sooner than you think.
4. TAKE YOUR TIME CHOOSING A COLLEGE OR YOUR NEXT STEP
You may be sick of everyone asking you constantly what you’re doing next year, but don’t let that rush you into making a decision. And don’t let others make the decision for you!
5. DON’T STRESS TOOOOO MUCH
It’s important to still take school seriously and avoid senioritis as much as possible. Looking back on my senior year, I was too stressed out with my difficult schedule that I would study WAY too much for tests and took WAY too many years off my life worrying. Allow yourself to have fun- life and school will only get harder from here.
6. STAY OUT OF TROUBLE
Getting in trouble with the law or the school can ruin everything that you’ve worked for. Be careful with every decision you make on the weekend.
7. SAVE YOUR MONEY
You’ll need LOTS of spending money for college. When I get a paycheck, I place 60% of it into my savings for spending money for college and keep 40% for myself which allows my savings to really add up.
8. TAKE PICTURES!!
Every night out, every event, no matter how insignificant it may seem to you. You’ll thank yourself later!
9. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF AP AND DUAL CREDIT CLASSES
I luckily (and unluckily) took 3 AP classes senior year without realizing the benefits. I’m now going into college with 21 credits just from my APs and dual credit class! It can save you from taking those frustrating intro classes.
10. BE ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THINGS YOU ARE INVOLVED IN
I was juggling a ton of things senior year. I was captain on the swim team, editor-in-chief of the school paper, on student council, and involved in other things around school. If you find yourself in a leadership position, MAKE THE MOST OF IT. Make everyone in the school excited about what you do. As a senior, involvement becomes less of an obligation and shows your true passion. Try to go above and beyond to get people to come to that swim meet or read the paper!
11. FIGHT SENIORITIS
A common misconception is that you don’t really have to try senior year. NO. Colleges still look at your transcript! AP scores still matter and those tests are in May! Try and fight the urge to slack as long as possible.
12. YOU WILL FIND YOUR TRUE FRIENDS TOO LATE
I read this in a tweet once, but in my experience it has been nothing but true. Soon enough you’ll all be going to college and you won’t have enough time with them 🙁
Senior year was an absolute whirlwind. They aren’t lying when they say it goes by in the blink of an eye. Honestly, I was too stressed all the time. It was TOUGH, even until the very end. With 3 AP classes, a varsity sport, running the school paper, planning for retreats I was leading, among countless other things that were going on in my life, applying to colleges and deciding where to go added a ton more stress on my already crazy day-to-day life.
I ended up applying to 9 schools: University of Minnesota, Indiana University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Marquette University, Loyola University-Chicago, George Washington University, St. Thomas University, University of Dayton, and University of Maryland. I got accepted into 8 of those and waitlisted at 1 of them, which was very exciting after the hours of completing essays and applications.
After a couple months of going back and forth, I finally decided in February that I will be attending the UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON in the fall!
Now, I have grown up in a household where I was taught to be completely anti-Wisconsin for as long as I remember. You won’t find a single piece of spirit wear anywhere in my house. However, after weighing all my options and all of the circumstances, it was obvious that UW-Madison was the right school for me.
I’m still not completely sure what I want to study. Right now I am leaning toward a double major in political science and communications.
As for other aspects about college, I’m hopeful to join a sorority and enjoy the social aspect of college, but I’m also prepared to work really hard and continue to get good grades and do service when I get to Madison.
I am beyond excited for this next chapter in my life, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to go to this school, as well as for my parents, teachers, friends and so many other people who have gotten me to this point. ON WISCONSIN!
How did you decide where to go to college? Any advice for me as I start this next step in my life?
After a long, long break from blogging (about a year and a half to be exact), I decided that now would be the perfect time to come back to it!
SO MUCH has changed in my life in a year and a half, and as I’m sitting down to write this, there is so much I wish I would have blogged about in that year and a half.
SUPER BRIEFLY here is what has happened:
1. I graduated high school! I’m headed to college in the fall!
2. I got the amazing opportunity to go to Italy over spring break with my Latin class.
3. I’ve had a ton of milestones in my last year of high school including my last swim meet, last couple dances, and some of the greatest high school memories with my amazing friends.
4. Last summer I attended 2 journalism institutes (one at Georgetown University and another at Marquette University) and I served as editor-in-chief for my school’s newspaper, but I’m not planning on doing anything with journalism anymore in college. I change my mind every day on what I want to do with my life, but that’s okay.
5. I’ve learned a lot about friendship and relationships in this past year, which may not have always been the easiest, but I’m very happy with where I am in my life right now.
Stay tuned for more posts and updates about my life! I’m glad to be back and I really hope to start blogging regularly again!
Over my Christmas break, I got to go back to beautiful Marco Island for the third year in a row. This year, my whole moms side of the family flew out to celebrate my grandparent’s 50th anniversary. I always love spending time with that side of the family, since most of them live farther away.
Anyway, here are some of my favorite shots from my trip!
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