|Hello Seniors! Staying home and taking classes from your kitchen table is likely not how you pictured the end of your senior year-this is supposed to be the highlight of your high school career and it has been taken away by COVID-19. Although this may not be an ideal situation, we have put together a list of suggestions to help make your senior year successful and memorable:
- Stay on top of your studies from home. If your school has implemented online learning assignments, try your best to stay focused and maintain your level of success. Here are some hints:
- Find a space that works for you. If you like total silence or if you need music playing in the background, create a learning environment that meets your needs.
- Keep a schedule/routine for your school days that is different from your weekend days. Try to get up at a normal school day time, shower and get ready to work. Use your weekends to still sleep in and binge watch your favorite shows.
- Stay connected and keep motivated. Now is the perfect time to use social media to stay in touch with friends, while maintaining social distance. Study online together, keep each other motivated, and talk about silver linings. Not everyone does well staying at home, so make it a point to check in with your friends and family!
- Remember that you’re not alone! Seniors across the country are experiencing the same disappointment, confusion, and sadness that you might be feeling now. Check out this video created by a high school senior in Ohio who has a message for seniors across the state: stay strong.
- Recently, Netflix has released a Chrome extension called Netflix Party. This is a fun way to virtually watch your favorite shows and movies with your friends! Check it out here.
- Although connecting with people is a positive use of social media, try to avoid the endless hype and updates on Covid-19. Choose one reliable source such as the CDC, WHO, or your local news to get your updates a couple times a day (not a couple time an hour) this will help with anxiety and being overwhelmed with too much information.
- Continue planning for your life after high school. Remember that “this too shall pass,” and in time we will be back to our regular schedules. Choosing a college may become a bit more challenging, but here are a few things you can still do:
- Stay connected with your admissions counselor via phone/email. Take this time to ask all the questions you were saving for admitted students’ day and ask them now.
- Look at the cost! If you have financial aid letters, now is a great time to compare your packages and see how much each college will cost you. Read the next article for more information.
- Take virtual tours of any campuses that you are interested in that offer them. It isn’t the same as being there but it is still a great way to get an impression of the campus.
- Apply for scholarships! Now is the perfect time to submit scholarship applications and get those done. (See our scholarship spotlight for more!)
- Keep your school counselor informed and up to date and reach out if you need help with online learning, transcripts, letters, or any follow up with colleges.
Most importantly remember, this is STILL your year and you can still make it a great one!