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Senior Year

April College Crunch Survival Guide

April is by far, the worst month for college-bound high school seniors. Twelfth-graders are among my best sources, so I sense their pain and want to help ease students

Everything piles up in April. The month starts with often frightful news about which colleges accepted you and your friends, and which didn’t. By the end of the month you have to decide which school should get your non-refundable deposit to reserve a place in its freshman class. Your favorite school may have wait-listed you, and you have to figure out what to do about that.

Learn more about how you can survive these final weeks of high school and prepare to enter college at Some of their advice includes:

  • How to help grieving friends who may not have gotten the college acceptance letters they’d hoped for.
  • How to finally narrow in on the right college choice for yourself.
  • Get off of your choice college’s waiting list.
  • Manage a poor financial aid offer.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Another one of those “lasts” happened today. My last parent-teacher conferences. The funny thing is, I was never present for my parent-teacher conferences, so its not exactly one of the “lasts” I’ll miss next year.

Recently East High School has moved to parent-teacher conferences that are more student lead. In our “Ace Time” class (a class we have every Wednesday to do things that relate to grades and school) we filled out a sheet with not only our grades, but also ways to better grades and goals we have the final semester. Our parents picked these sheets up and carried them around during conferences to help see the student’s views and goals for the semester. This is the only input my mom received from me the last two conferences. I actually haven’t gone to conferences since the first round my junior year. Read the rest of this entry »

High School Homecoming a Rite of Passage

This past Saturday was my final high school homecoming. So weird to think about how after Saturday night’s events were over, that was the last time I would experience things related to the high school homecoming. Although I realize college’s have their own homecoming, something about this is being part of the whole high school experience. It’s like a ritual every student goes through. Freshman year it’s exciting and new and you have no idea what’s going to happen, and by the time senior year rolls around, homecoming is an excuse to get pampered and have a good time with friends. Read the rest of this entry »

Countdown to Graduation

It is so weird to sit down and realize that I have only four months of high school left. Granted, a lot will be happening in these four months, it feels like such a short time compared to the three-and-a-half years I have already been through.

All of my “lasts” are finally starting to hit me. My last homecoming is in two weeks. My last spirit week is next week. My last softball season starts in a month. It all seems so strange to think about how next August I won’t be walking the halls of East High, but rather walking across campus to get to one of my first college courses. While this seems strange, it is also something I believe I am well prepared for. After hearing from four schools and still waiting to hear from another six, I realize I will actually have a decision when it comes to where I end up. Many students are afraid they will only be presented with one offer or be cornered into going to a certain school, but thankfully, this is not my case. And as I anxiously await to hear from the other six schools, my anxiety level has lessened since I know I already have quite the decision to make.

So while the idea of leaving East High behind and starting a new chapter in my life may sound scary, it also excites me. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next four months but also the months to follow.

The Importance of Sleep for Students

student sleeping on booksI can count the number of nights I get eight hours of sleep on my two hands. I cannot count the number of nights I’ve had less than four hours (or even stayed up all night) even when you include my toes! But this is not something I’m exactly proud of. Recently in Psychology, we discussed the sleep cycle and how your body uses time while you sleep to revitalize itself and restore itself to keep you healthy. It makes me wonder why International Baccaulaureate kids don’t start dropping like flies once we hit our senior year!

The recommended sleep dose for teenagers is anywhere between 8.5-9.25 hours. This is enough time for your body to recuperate and prepare itself for the day to come. Any amount under or above can be detrimental. Read the rest of this entry »

Wordless Wednesday: Worst Year Ever

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What’s your take on senior year?

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How to Prepare for College During High School

How to Prepare for College During High School

Moving on to college after high school is one of the biggest changes in a student’s life. So it’s never too early to prepare for it, even if you’re just a freshman in high school. graduate

The early bird gets the worm, and the school of your choice. Don’t wait until your senior year to get the ball rolling. Research prospective schools, their entrance tests, and financial aid options sooner than later.

Plan to visit college campuses to get a feel for your options. Start with colleges near you. And even if you’re interested in schools that aren’t in your backyard, you can check a campus through cyberspace. Visit the websites of schools that you’re interested in. You can also attend college fairs to meet admission representatives and obtain course catalogs. It’s a great way to speak face-to-face with the people who know best. But if at all possible, visit campuses in person to get a firsthand experience of the schools’ culture. Read the rest of this entry »

Surviving the Wait for College Admissions Letters


Hey, high school students, are you a little stressed out as you wait to hear from all those colleges you applied to?  It’s a nerve-wracking process, no doubt!  Here are some tips to help get you through this anxious time.

  1. Keep things in perspective. Yes, you may not get into all the schools on your list, or you might not get enough money to attend.  But disappointing as this is, it’s not a catastrophe that’s going to wreck your life.  Trust me!  There are plenty of great schools out there, and the important thing is that you get yourself a good education at one of them.  In the grand scheme of things, there’s not as much riding on that envelope as you think.
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Senioritis in the Classroom

Teachers at my school, and more specifically my individual teachers, have really begun to notice senioritis and the effects it is having on their students. Of course, these teachers begin to worry about their students and want to keep them engaged in their classes. But can teachers really help to cure senioritis before it takes ahold of the student completely?

In my psychology class, my teacher has decided to have us teach the class. Right now we are going over the Biological perspective of Psychology and since we have gone over it before (last year in my SL class), this particular teacher decided we will each get a certain part to teach and we will be required to teach the information to our students. Read the rest of this entry »

Senioritis Lingers as Holiday Break Ends

senioritisToday was the last day of break and I must be honest, I’m not ready to return to school and my routine I have during the week. Break has allowed me to go to sleep and wake whenever I want, do whatever I want, and be with friends and family constantly. Now school begins in less than 12 hours and I’m torn between returning and not leaving my break.

The hardest thing during second semester, that almost all seniors deal with, is senioritis. While many of us may have felt it once or twice, I can tell it’s starting to grow and I know it will be much harder to go through my second semester. While I know I’ll be dealing with senioritis, I also realize I cannot allow for it to get the best of me. Read the rest of this entry »


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