Three Things I Wish I Knew Before Senior Year

August 23, 2016

As junior year eclipsed into summer, I was ready to relax and let the stress of junior year melt like butter pecan ice cream on my tongue. I had done it. I had finally finished my school year on track. In those first moments, there was nothing as exciting as leaving my standardized test prep books behind for the beginning of my senior year.

I could already picture it: Polished senior yearbook photos, school football games, and spring break trips with friends, to name a few. Senior year was going to be my year (How often have you heard that cliche?).There’s nothing wrong with wanting the most out of your last year, but there are some things I wish I had known beforehand.

These may seem to be given ideas, but I can’t stress enough how much more my outlook on senior year changed with these three points. With these in mind, I wish the best for ever senior or rising senior!

1. Use the most of your summer. When an older student says they wish they had spent more time on college applications, they really mean it. Take their advice - use your free time wisely, especially when you have it during the summer. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t enjoy your break. After a year of testing, you have every right to relax. But be careful of the downward spiral of “I worked hard junior year. I deserve this.” The summer after my junior year, I fell into it and proceeded to not spend a majority of my time as efficiently as I wished I had three months later. Looking into different colleges and writing up drafts for application essays can take more than anticipated, and dedicating time will be worth it.

2. Make senior moments. Especially if you’re involved in multiple AP and honor classes, it can be difficult to manage time outside of studying. But keep in mind that senior year is truly your last year of high school. I constantly forgot this as I spent another weekend burying myself in my studying. It wasn’t until months into the year that I realized how many opportunities there are to make new memories. Make your own High School Musical: Senior Year moment and embrace each minute. Of course try to maintain grades, but don’t be afraid to have fun with loved ones!

3. Talk to that person. You know, that person. The one you never realized was in class with you, or the one sitting by themselves in the corner. If you’re afraid, just remember that these months may be the last you ever have with that person. I met many of my close friends this year who I never even knew was in my grade! It’ll be worth even a minute to simply talk.

Written by an AdmitSee high school student. Want to share your story? Shoot us an email via our contact form

About The Author

AdmitSee Staff
AdmitSee Staff

​We remember our frustration with applying to college and the lack of information surrounding it. So we created AdmitSee to bring much-needed transparency to the application process! Read more about the team here.




Browse Successful Application Files

welcometohel
Rice ‘18


Accepted to UNC, Amherst, Northwestern, Case, Illinois, Wisconsin, Miami, Rice

I'm super cool and you should come to Rice
ClaireL
UCLA ‘20


Accepted to UCLA, Cornell, CMU, USC, UCSD, UC Davis

UCLA Class of 2020. Orange County native. I like math and music.
tifstar1997
Cornell ‘19


Accepted to Cornell, CMU, Northwestern, Johns Hopkins, UCSD, UCSB, UC Irvine

Cornell Engineering '19
lamborghinibea…
USC ‘19


Accepted to UC Davis, UCLA, UCSD, USC, Emory, UMich, UNC, Pepperdine

Although very hardworking, I love to socialize with friends and make time to just relax. Also, I've always been interested in cars and working in the business aspect of the automotive industry.

New Posts

Student Insight: How to Approach Transferring Colleges
Student Insight: How to Approach Transferring Colleges
January 09, 2018

Not sure if your current university is the best school for you? Consider your transfer options. No one really expects to go through the application process again after senior year in high school. But things...

How To Succeed on MCAT Test Day
How To Succeed on MCAT Test Day
January 05, 2018

Stressed out about your upcoming MCAT? Our friends at Magoosh will help you through MCAT Test Day! You’ve prepared for the MCAT for months, you’ve selected the right date for you—and it’...

Load More Posts