High School Seniors Spring Focus
Spring term is here, and as a Senior, it’s time to finish strong and relish your last moments in high school. Excitement settles in as the end is in sight for accomplishing tough classes and extracurriculars. There’s also the eagerness for what comes next as Seniors become freshmen again as they enter college.
With the countless hours spent investing thought, effort, and emotion into the college admissions process, it’s common to have your heart set on certain outcomes. While there is nothing wrong with pushing hard for something you have your eye on, staying open-minded is key during this time.
There is no perfect or certain path to success and happiness, so as decision time comes for making your final college selections, keep an open heart and trust you are making the best choices you can make.
You may want to pursue many things as you begin your college journey, so staying open-minded about which major you select is a great place to start. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. If you have an interest that is calling you, follow it.
Stay open to the possibility that while it may turn into your passion, it may also not be for you. This is totally okay and a part of what college is all about. Getting to know yourself better and growing as a person are experiences that students should actively seek during their college journey.
Stay open to the idea that you may want to pivot or select a new major during your time in college and remember that this is not a deal-breaker for your future. You can handle bumps in the road- look at all you have accomplished so far!
While it’s important to look to the future, this is still the Spring term of your last year in high school, so enjoy it and make the most out of it. Continue to study hard as second semester grades can affect your acceptance.
Importance of Not Letting Your GPA Fall Dramatically
Universities reserve the right to revise or rescind their offers to students who let their GPA fall dramatically or fail to model the behavior in line with the institution’s values. A great way to stay on top of this is to re-read your acceptance letter and understand what your college expects.
They may want to see a mid-year report, so make a request to your counselor as soon as possible since lead times to receive these can vary. Keep checking your email and stay on top of the correspondence you’ve made with the colleges you applied to.
Spring Term Reflection for Seniors
Guiding Question: What does an open-minded and balanced human look like, sound like, and feel like? What choices does this kind of person make with one eye on the journey and the other eye on the destination?
All admissions decisions are released by the first week in April. Am I ready to make a choice about where I will attend college? What questions do I still need answered to help me make this decision? Who can answer these questions? Do I need to tour or tour again?
Decision Day is May 1st. Am I clear on how I submit my enrollment deposit? Housing deposit? How I choose a roommate? Do I need to take any academic pre-assessments to get placed into freshman coursework at my chosen college?
How do you want the ending of your high school experience to reflect the lessons you’ve learned along the way? What does this say about who you are? How do you wish to write the last few lines of this chapter?
How does your finite decision about the next steps in your life fit into your more infinite purpose?