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Tired - Seniors Shade Showoe, Maggie Ooten, Rachel Okoro, Trevor Williams, and Mariah Salomon show their fatigue as they relax in Senior Circle during lunch on May 2, 2017.

Tired - Seniors Shade Showoe, Maggie Ooten, Rachel Okoro, Trevor Williams, and Mariah Salomon show their fatigue as they relax in Senior Circle during lunch on May 2, 2017.

Tired - Seniors Shade Showoe, Maggie Ooten, Rachel Okoro, Trevor Williams, and Mariah Salomon show their fatigue as they relax in Senior Circle during lunch on May 2, 2017.

by Sydney King, Staff Reporter, Assistant Photographer

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Having the urge of senioritis yet? Soon reaching the final chapter of your high school existence, you shouldn’t have to go through the “could have beens” and “should have dones” into a pile of regrets. Here are ten tips to make your future golden.

  1. It’s never too early to start preparing
  • SATs and ACTs are pretty much the bane of your existence. Though finishing your testing before senior fall is ideal, sometimes reality hits you in the face with a frying pan. It is best to take your SAT and ACTs before you end up running out of test dates before you apply.
  1.   Don’t try to be something you’re not
  • There are two things colleges want to see in your essay. First and foremost, they want to know that you can write coherently and use proper punctuation. Secondly, they want to see passion. If I’m being blatantly honest, the topic itself isn’t even important. If what you say isn’t genuine, it will crash and burn. Every time I sit in on a college informational session, the admissions officers have explained that their favorite essays have been simple and beautiful: like riding a bike or eating breakfast a certain way. It’s weird, I know, but write from your heart.
  1.   Have a teacher that knows you beyond the classroom
  • Towards the end of junior year you will have to consider which teacher is going to write your recommendation. This rec is not to be taken lightly. If someone is going to speak on your behalf, make sure that they are going to fight for you to the death. “Hardworking” and “good input” is not going to make you stand out from 20,000 other applicants. Schedule a lunch to discuss what is important to you outside of the classroom so that the teacher can speak holistically. It is OK to be direct about what you want colleges to learn.
  1.    What you THINK you want and what you ACTUALLY want are two different things
  • Everything that I thought I wanted -– to leave the northeast, the cold and the small school drama –- all of a sudden seemed limiting. This realization changed the way I look at my past, present and future. It’s allowed me to add schools back onto my list and it’s also made me question where my opinions have come from. Have an open mind about where you should visit. Some of the best experiences come from the unexpected.

Does it feel like your life is flashing before your eyes? Mine does. Someone pressed fast-forward and forgot to let go. Here we are, on a never-ending roller coaster ride, blurring the colors and experiences into one adrenaline-pumping vein of time. Where I’ll turn up, I cannot begin to predict. All I can hope is that I have made the most of what I’ve been given. Search for that pause button. High school will be gone before you know it.

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