Friday, September 30, 2011

BACK TO SCHOOL: 12th Grade / Senior Year

  • First semester: Civics and Economics (A/A), Honors World History (A/A), AP English Literature (A/A), Orchestra (A/A), AP Chinese (A/A), PSYCH101 at a community college (A)
  • Second semester: Aerobics (A/A), AP World History (A/A), British Literature (A/A), Orchestra (A/A), AP Chinese (A/A)
    • Honors World History was linked with AP World History
    • British Literature was linked with AP English Literature
    • PSYCH101 = Introduction to Psychology
    • Total APs: 3 + 1 college class
Test Scores:
  • AP English Literature = 5
  • AP Chinese = 5
  • AP World History = 3 (I stopped studying for this class after applying to Berkeley. :( Don't get senioritis like me!)
    Tips to doing well academically:
    1. Even though this is your senior year, THIS IS NOT A TIME TO SLACK. Until you receive a "congratulations, you've been accepted to..." email, you cannot give in to senioritis. Even after that, don't let your grades drop below a B or those years of hard work might end up down the drain.
    2. This is where being close to your counselors and teachers comes in handy: ask them for letters of recommendation! If you're not sure about your college apps, ask your counselor! Ask your English teachers to take a look at your college essays.
    3. There will be deadlines for EVERYTHING. Make a list, write them on a calendar, tattoo them to your forehead, anything so you don't forget. Stay ahead of the game; problems always occur on deadline days.
    4. Keep an organized file of your: high school transcipts, test scores, letters of rec, essays, college apps, other requested info, etc.
    5. Print out the application (even if it's electronic) so you can practice filling in everything. This was really helpful for me because it helped prevent errors and allowed me to figure out what I needed before I sat down to fill out my apps.
    6. Have your parents prepare their income tax statements ASAP. You need this for financial aid.
    7. Make sure your apps were received.
    8. Look for scholarships!!!
    9. After you receive all of your acceptance letters (congrats!), decide on the college you will be attending. Visit colleges if you have to.
    10. Send in your tuition deposit and letter of intent to register. You're also supposed to let other colleges that have accepted you that you've chosen another college... but I don't think you have to (I didn't heh).
    11. Request for a final copy of your transcript be sent to your college.
    Tips to doing well socially:
    • Don't ditch school, even after you've been accepted to colleges. This is both academically and socially damaging! Unless all of your friends are ditching too... but then you shouldn't be with these people! xD
    • Help younger students! Remember when you befriended upperclassmen and they helped you out? Time to return the favor.
    • Make an effort to look good because you'll feel good too! :) Seniors tend to get lazy and come to class looking like they just got out of bed.
    • If you do get a boyfriend this year, talk to him about the future. Will you break it off when you go off to college? Will you try a long-distance relationship? Most people break up, but there are also those who try to stay together.
    • Hang out with your friends and family, and treasure your time with them! Time is ticking away!
    Do you have any tips for high school seniors? :) Let us know!

    xo Lucy

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