April 2, 2021

Planning Your Last High School Semester

Monty Nuss

For seniors, the number of days in the halls of your high school are coming to a close. It can feel like time is both flying by and crawling at a snail’s pace depending on the day, but no matter what it feels like, the semester will be over before you know it and you’ll be heading out into the world as a high school graduate. So how can you make the most of your remaining days in those hallowed halls? Here are a few ideas to make your last high school semester one to remember – and one that sets you up for a bright future ahead.

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Looking Ahead

We don’t want you to spend all of your time contemplating the future, but since the future will be a-comin’ whether you’d like it to or not, we encourage you to spend some time thinking ahead. Consider your post-high school life. What do you want it to look like? Are you heading off to college in the fall? Think about what you can do now to set you up for success when your first collegiate semester rolls around. Consider if you have room in your schedule for extracurriculars, volunteering, or part-time jobs that might help you feel a little more at home in your new environment. Jot down some ideas of what you want your next year – or four – to look like. Up until now, so much was laid out for you. When the great unknown is before you, having a vision can help ease anxiety and make you more prepared.

Take the Elective

Building your class schedule to suit your aspirations is important, yes, but it’s also important to have a little fun. If you can, take that elective you’ve been wanting to take. Sign up for the summer class. Do something for you – indulge in a hobby or try your hand at a new skill offered in a class you might have otherwise passed by. Now’s your last chance, right? So why the heck not?

College-Level Courses

It’s important to check with your college and make sure credits are transferable, but if they are you may consider taking a college-level course or two at your local community college or university. It can help you get ahead on your prerequisites and give you a taste of what collegiate academics might be like.

Make Time for Now

Whatever you decide to do, make sure you slow down now and then and soak it all up. This is your last semester of high school, after all. You may not see some of these people ever again. And sure, sometimes that’s a blessing, but that may mean distance between you and some of your closest friends, too. It may mean not seeing your crew again until your first break in college. It’s important to savor the experience you’re having now, as you have it. Make time, for now, be in the moment. It’s yours for the taking.

And if you need a little reminder of this time in your life, schedule a best friend’s shoot with us. That’ll definitely level up your dorm décor come fall.

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