Last Updated: July 22, 2013
by Andrea Cerny
It is spring break and your first semester of senior year has sped by. You just worked your tail off for all of junior year and first semester of senior year. You finish up your college applications and send them in. Your recommendations from teachers are all sent. Your SAT/ACT scores are sent. Everything is accounted for. Breathe a sigh of relief. Put the books away. Sun glasses on and you’re ready to chill. Right?
It is important to stay focused. This is not something you want to hear. We know that. After pushing yourself academically as hard as you have your whole life, and balancing that with extra-curricular activities and college applications, the same motivation is not there once the applications are submitted. We get it.
While you should definitely feel good about yourself and treat yourself to something nice, do not do anything that will jeopardize your future. You might hear your older friends telling you that your grades do not matter after first semester. They might say you can skip class, do a lousy job on your homework, or just slack off in general. This is not the right attitude to have.
What you might not think about is what will happen if you get waitlisted at your dream school. If that happens, it is very likely that they will look at your second semester grades. They might contact your guidance counselor to see how you are doing and get a more accurate view of you and your work ethic. Colleges might do this even if you’re ALREADY admitted, and they have the right to rescind applications!
In addition, if you get suspended, there is a good chance your high school will revoke your teacher recommendations or alert the colleges you are applying to your suspension. Doing something dumb like skipping classes can lead to all your hard work going down the drain.
Something else you should remember is that if you are in AP or IB classes, you really want to finish strong. Every college has different credit standards for those classes, so you definitely want to study as hard as you can for those exams and ace them. You do not want to arrive at college and have to repeat work you did in high school because you did not study for your exams. Testing out of a bunch of classes in college with AP or IB credits can also save you tens of thousands of dollars in tuition.
So remember: Don’t blow off second semester of senior year!! Keep yourself busy by applying for scholarships!
Original Post Date: March 19th, 2012