Making the Most of Your Last Semester of High School

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  • You’ve jumped through all the hoops, and you’re set to start college, a job, basic training, or a gap year experience in the fall.

    You still have to graduate first, and you’ll feel happier about your overall high school experience if you find ways to make the most of your last semester of high school.

    Take Control of Your Experience

    If you feel like someone else (such as parents, coaches, or college guidance counselors) has been driving the bus all through high school, now is your chance to take the wheel and make some good choices just for yourself. Identify your passion and pursue it: maybe you always wanted to audition for the spring musical but felt you couldn’t take time out from practice or studying.

    Sign up to volunteer with an organization with a mission that is meaningful to you, whether it is helping people with disabilities, building houses for the homeless, or delivering meals to the aged.

    Volunteering is a good way to break out of the high school bubble and see more of the adult world you’ll enter after graduation.

    Making the most of your last semester of high school should include challenging yourself so that you can expand your knowledge and question your assumptions. College and life after graduation will do that to you soon, so you might as well get some practice.

    Stay on Top of Your Grades

    Speaking of graduation, don’t let your grades slip. Maybe you’ve received your college acceptance or job offer, but your school or future employer may condition these offers on maintaining your GPA.

    It’s not about grinding to reach the highest class rank, or to add another hundredth of a point to your GPA—it’s about maintaining and showing you’re mature enough not to let things tank as soon as you think you’re free to phone it in. Adult and college life don’t work that way, so don’t start bad habits now.

    Make Time for True Friends

    Spend time with your closest friends, those who “get” you and make you feel totally at ease. You may soon part ways for a while, and now is the time to enjoy your memories of growing up and going to high school together. It may be a big challenge to keep in touch the next few years. So, do it now, while you can.

    Kindness Comes First

    Be nice. There’s no reason to maintain “cliques” anymore—they’re all going to come apart soon anyway. Connect with people you didn’t get to know well enough and reconcile your differences with people who rub you the wrong way. You don’t want to run into someone at your tenth high school reunion who still thinks you’re a jerk or a bully. Make amends and make new friends.

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    Enjoy Your Prom

    Go ahead and go to the prom, because there isn’t going to be another high school prom for you, ever. It’s an incredibly fun way to make the most of your last semester of high school—and it might just turn out to be one of your favorite memories. It may seem like a cliché, but prom truly can make your senior year one for the books.

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