Helpful Advice for Graduating High School Seniors

The foreseeable end to the college application process is just around the corner! At this point in the year, some of you have probably received offers of acceptance to institutions around the country. But many of you may be waiting on some last final schools. In either case, here are some things to keep in mind:

  1. Your end of the year grades still matter

Even if you have already submitted your deposit to
the college you will be attending, keep in mind that guidance counselors still need to submit your end of the year grades. Schools do have the ability to reach out if they see a drastic drop in your GPA and canemily_stevens_1 place you on academic probation for your first semester.Is that such a great way to start off your first semester of college? I think not. You have already gotten through three and a half years of high school, what’s the worst a couple more months of hard work can do?

  1. Thank your teachers and guidance counselors

A sincere thank you note can go a long way, especially after considering how many hours your teachers and guidance counselors dedicated into crafting your college letter of recommendations. With graduation and other celebrations on the horizon, make sure to thank those who have supported and guided you through senior year and high school all together.

  1. Attend campus events held for admitted students

April will be a month of making many decisions. Schools send out emails to admitted students encouraging them to join other admitted students in weekend long events. The purpose for these events is to help admitted students figure out if they truly see themselves at the institution before securing their seats on the May 1st national deposit day.

  1. Beware of haters

From personal experience, I remember there being people who didn’t have my best interests at heart and had rude things to say. Some may try to figure out why you were admitted; some may try and trick you into thinking that you were an admissions mistake. There are no admissions mistakes. You were accepted on your own merit and ambition. Just keep your head high into graduation and stay humble.

  1. Wait(wish)ing

As if it didn’t already feel like you have been waiting a century for your college decisions, some of you may be placed on the wait list. You can leave the wait list if you have already secured a spot at another institution, or if you are still hopeful, reach out to the institution and ask if there are any additional documents you can submit that adds more depth to your application.

  1. Securing summer opportunities

The summer between high school and college can be spent in a plethora of ways, from working, traveling, volunteering, to completing a summer bridge program. In the midst of all of that, remember that the coming summer might be one of the last times when you get to see your family or guardians for an extended amount of time. Spend some time with them!

  1. Dreaded rejection

Hey friend, everything is going to be okay. Getting rejected from an institution can sting, but it’s not the end of the world. It can be tempting to start thinking about where things went wrong in your application, but that doesn’t serve anyone well. If it wasn’t meant to be, it wasn’t meant to be, and getting a letter of rejection is not an indication of your character or worth.

– Caroline Haoud, Columbia University ’19