During the coronavirus shutdown, high school seniors are missing the year-end activities they’ve been planning for for years: senior trips, musicals, a final sports season. Rocky River senior Kate Davis writes about her experience.
For a lot of us, the best way to describe how we feel right now is slighted. My senior year at Rocky River High School was ripped away from me in about 72 hours. Of course the health of our nation and of our grandparents is important to us, but we still are sad about our missed opportunities. We’re missing out on sports, the prom fashion show, trips to Nashville and the Galapagos Islands, and many other senior year traditions. Many of us are spending our time off during this school closure thinking about what could’ve been as we do our daily assignments and spend our final quarter of high school on our laptops at home.
When Gov. Mike DeWine announced school would be closing for three weeks, a lot of us were excited. It seemed like the instant cure for senioritis! But when it started to settle in that this wasn’t just a fun break and we would be missing out on so much, many of the seniors started to reflect. As I slowly understood the gravity of the situation, I dragged my feet in the halls after all the students had left — walking through the school and reflecting on all of the great memories I had made and those I’d yet to make. It feels like it all ended too soon.
Then came the rumors and uncertainty. Many people started to talk about prom or commencement possibly getting cancelled. It brings me great comfort to say that our prom was able to be pushed back from May 2 to May 29, and commencement hasn’t been touched yet. Our principal and all of the RRHS administrators have done a really great job of keeping students informed during this time and not acting too prematurely on events, because in reality, America doesn’t know where this pandemic is going, so all the cancelations of things very far in the future bewilder me. But even the thought of events we consider rights of passage being taken away greatly upsets the seniors; in a weird way, we have been working to get a piece of paper on stage at a ceremony and to hear our name called out for 13 years.
College is a tough subject for a lot of us seniors. We really wanted to get some closure before heading off on a new chapter of our lives, but it looks like a lot of the events and traditions that would’ve given us that may not happen. Even though I have pretty much decided where I will attend after I get all of my college decisions back, I know many have yet to make a choice and I know for some, not being able to visit campus again will make it difficult.
I specifically felt heartache on Wednesday, the day before what was supposed to be opening night of my final musical at the school. I earned the role of Violet Newstead in “9 to 5,” a role that I had essentially been working toward since I was a freshman. Being told that our show was being postponed until April was devastating. We have no idea whether we will get to do the show on the days in April or maybe not until August. We are just hoping that we can continue to have support from our community and be able to do the show eventually, because I believe that not ever getting to perform it would break my heart.
My saying during times of struggle is “Everything happens for a reason.” Even though it is very hard to find a reason behind all of this, knowing that seniors everywhere are going through this together makes it less painful. I have had to say goodbye to many things from this pandemic: seeing my friends in class every day, performing my senior spring musical, participating in senior project, going on the choir trip to Nashville, going to the Dazzle Awards at Playhouse Square, performing my duties as senior class president, rehearsing for three school choir groups, and much more. I just hope we gain back as much of our senior experience as possible, and I really and sincerely hope that we will get to go back to school on April 6th. To all my fellow seniors, especially those struggling with their mental health during these times, I hope that you all continue to stay strong and remember to keep in touch with your friends.
Kate Davis is senior class president at Rocky River High School.
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The senior year of high school is a milestone in the lives of many teenagers. It can be an exciting yet bittersweet time. Regardless of your plans for the following year, it is important to enjoy your last few days in high school.
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- Disney Grad Night
- Senior Class Dance
- Powder Puff Football
1 Disney Grad Night
A senior class trip is a fun and memorial activity for most high school seniors. Disney Grad Night is a great idea for seniors ready to head off to college. The package for this event will include lodging, breakfast; admission tickets to Busch Gardens, Universal and Wet N’ Wild. The Disney Grad Night will have a popular artist performing and lots of dancing. A senior trip to Disney for Grad night will be a memorable experience for any senior in high school.
2 Senior Class Dance
A class dance is a great senior activity to bring the senior class together. For one evening, everyone in the senior class can feel like a famous star and enjoy their last few days in high school. If money is not a problem, opt to have your senior dance at a hotel or country club. If funds are tight, the school gym works perfectly fine. The level of formality will depend on what the class wants. Get a committee in charge of transforming your high school gym or hotel into Hollywood. Make sure to have lots of dancing and food. It is also a good idea to contact parents and teachers to help chaperone the event.
3 Powder Puff Football
A powder puff football game is a great group activity for seniors. Essentially powder puff is American football where traditional roles are reversed — girls are the players, boys are the cheerleaders. Seniors can pick teams and create T-shirts and signs for the fans. You could make it a weeklong session, with the championship game at the end of the week.
Most teenagers look karaoke as it is a great way to let go of all inhibitions and just have fun. Before graduation, seniors can have a karaoke night with a DJ. Serve sodas and pizza and you are sure to draw a crowd. Everyone will have a good time, even if they don’t participate in the karaoke.
Your senior year of high school is a bit of a rollercoaster. You start out frazzled, frantically finalizing your college applications while trying to keep your grades up. Then, after it’s all over, you slide into senioritis. While this process is perfectly natural, your senior year is a year to prepare for your next steps as well as enjoy your last year as a high school student.
We talked to the Peterson’s team about what they did–or what they wish they had done–to make their senior year of high school count, and rounded up five ways you can make the most of your senior year.
1. Get excited about college
Once all of your college applications have been sent, you’ve received your acceptance letters, and decided on your school, it’s easy to slip college to the back of your mind after stressing over it so much. However, now is the time to get excited about it!
“I made it count academically by becoming best friends with the guidance counselor to help prepare with scholarships. This kept me excited and thinking about the future, keeping me from slacking,” said Colt Springer, Junior Account Executive at Peterson’s.
Like Springer, you can look into your scholarship opportunities to keep yourself engaged. You can also look into the classes you may want to take, clubs you will want to get involved in, even ways you will want to decorate your dorm room. Trust us, this is when the process gets fun!
Jason Natzke, Videographer at Peterson’s, during his senior year of high school.
2. Try something new that’s offered at your school
Your senior year is your last chance to take advantage of any activities offered at your school that you’ve always wanted to try, but haven’t gotten around to. Do you want to join a sports team? Try out! Do you want to learn a new language? Take one of your school’s language classes as an elective, or join a language club.
In the case of David Wilson, DevOps Engineer at Peterson’s, he took it upon himself to try out for the school play, which happened to intermix with his social experimentation.
“I played Jonathan Rockwood in January Thaw. It was my first (and only) play, and it was good, but I didn’t get the girl who I was trying to impress when I signed up for the play,” said Wilson.
3. Don’t let your grades slip
We know senioritis is real and staying motivated in school can be hard in the spring semester of your senior year, but there are a lot of consequences to letting your grades slip. First, if your GPA drops too much, there is the possibility that your college will retract their offer. In less-scary news, slacking on your academics your senior year of high school will make the transition to college a lot harder, as your classes will be even more difficult. Working on good study and organization skills will only help you when you get to college.
“I believe I actually partied too hard my senior year and let my academics slip. I know it wouldn’t have made a difference in my school choice, but I think more extracurricular and academic involvement my senior year in high school would have better set me up for success for my freshman year of college,” said Adam Robertson, Senior UX/UI and Front-End Developer at Peterson’s.
Angela Forhan, Junior Account Executive at Peterson’s, at her senior prom.
4. Enjoy the time with your true friends
Soon, you and your high school friends will all be going your separate ways and won’t be able to see each other on a daily basis. Make the most of this last year and the extra time you have after the application cycle by spending quality time with your friends that you see yourself being close to throughout your adult life. Participate in the senior activities with them, and do your favorite activities and traditions together.
“Oddly enough, today I’m closer with friends from outside my ‘party circle’ and I feel like I didn’t spend nearly enough time with them my senior year,” said Robertson.
At my high school, a memorable tradition was “senior sunset.” The seniors watched the sun set over the hills together, and then the juniors watched it rise the next morning. This marked our transition and was a fun, memorable, and metaphorical way to spend time together.
Taylor Sienkiewicz, Multimedia Journalist at Peterson’s, at a high school football game.
5. Consider taking a local college course
While taking a local college course may sound ambitious, chances are you have some free time in your schedule as a senior. Often, high school seniors have a “free period” since they have fulfilled enough credits to graduate without taking a full course load their senior year. Why not fill in the gap by taking a class or two at a local college or nearby community college? This way, you can get a headstart on your credits and prepare for the format of a college course.
“In addition to my regular coursework, I took a class at a local college. Got me ready for college-level work and a few extra credits to start college ahead of the game,” said Matthew Gazda, Research and Publishing Manager at Peterson’s.
Many seniors are also able to graduate a bit early, giving them time to set themselves up for college through classes and work experience.
“I finished high school a semester early and used my last semester to start earning college credits at my local community college and worked to save up money for my first study abroad program,” said Michaela Miller, Junior Software Developer at Peterson’s.
Your senior year will likely be your most memorable year of high school. You will have a final year to spend with friends you may have known since elementary school, a year to prepare for college, and a year to enjoy this closing chapter of your life. Make the most of it!
The day Anya Ailsworth’s school announced it was closing, it was also the opening night for a one-act, student-directed play in which she was supposed to be on stage doing what she loves most.
A vocal performance major when she heads to college this fall, she and her mom, Brady O’Mary, mourn that loss and worry about the cancellation of her upcoming choir concerts, father-daughter dance, talent show, prom, pitch night for her entrepreneurship class and even graduation.
“It was just a flood of the possibility of all these things being canceled and I remember looking at her and I just didn’t know what to say,” O’Mary says.
O’Mary is among the many anxious parents of high school seniors waiting for the other shoe to drop on the seniors, who were born in the shadow of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“It’s not only the loss of the human connection and the feedback that they get from their teachers and their peers, and the loss of the experience, but it is the loss of the memories because they won’t have them,” she says.
We turned to a few experts to get some advice for parents and their seniors who are finding their plans for senior year totally turned upside down.
For many students, this is a critical time to make their final decision on their college by the May 1 deadline (some schools have pushed back that decision deadline so make sure to check). In fact, many families planned their final round of college visits over Spring Break to do it. Those visits, as well as admitted student days and other events, were all canceled.
The good news, says Patrick O’Connor, a Detroit-based college counselor and author of College is Yours 2.0: Preparing, Applying, and Paying for Colleges Perfect for You, is that many colleges already have virtual tours online perfected over the years for students who couldn’t get to campus under normal circumstances.
He suggests families look for those tours, as well as for social media groups of admitted students to get to know future classmates. In fact, he says, students might even get to know classmates better through social media than if they were actually on campus.
Financial aid is another big concern. With the huge stock market fluctuations, parents might be worried about their college investments, he says. If the coronavirus has changed anything for families, such as a layoff or big losses on investments, O’Connor says to immediately call the financial aid office.
“These are the folks that want to do everything they can ethically and legally to have you come to college,” he says. “. Financial aid will do everything in their power to make sure it’s a good, affordable investment for you.”
He says any decreases in financial aid packages would be the last resort for colleges “simply because their interest is to bring a strong diverse class to campus and they know that the best way to do that is to support them as much as possible.”
He also says if circumstances have changed for families, it is not too late to begin the college search again. Many colleges actively look for students throughout the summer months, he says.
Students also can consider a delayed start to college; the admissions office can help with those discussions, O’Connor says.
To students, he has this advice: “We are all in this together. While this takes away some opportunities for community with some, it creates new opportunities for community with others. That’s probably going to be centered more on family than friends as we hunker down for the next few weeks. This is an opportunity to create some very important moments with people you will not be with much anymore. As a senior, you are leaving and heading off to college. This is as good as a chance as always to create good moments with your family and build on that foundation before you head out.”
Memories and mental health
Parents are sharing through social media theirs and their seniors’ sadness over possible loss of moments they’ve looked forward to for four years.
O’Mary assured her daughter it’s OK to feel everything she’s feeling and that together, students and parents will figure out the path ahead.
“It’s your choice and it’s your reality. I have no doubt these kids will do great things. … They will be OK,” O’Mary says. “… I’m hoping our education system will shift a little bit more to be about the journey and the experience as opposed to the grade or the award, because they will, right or wrong, have to figure out what that journey looks like because it’s very different from what they thought it was going to be.”
“Good will come out of this. That’s theirs to write. It’s their story,” O’Mary says.
What O’Mary is doing with her daughter is just what the experts suggest all parents do.
“Let them feel the feelings they have. It is a legitimate loss. It’s OK for them to feel these feelings and to express them,” says Aileen Kelleher, a licensed clinical social worker in Chicago. Find her on Instagram at @aileen_family_therapist.
Also, have faith in their ability to create new milestones and memories; capturing this moment is its own milestone, she says.
For parents struggling with loss of memory-making moments, Kelleher recommends feeling the loss. “Don’t feel like you must put on a happy face,” she says. How you react models for your kids how to grieve, she says.
Veronica Ursetto of Integrative Perspectives Counseling, suggests working with your senior to see if they have interest in brainstorming ways to include the most important people in a virtual private graduation ceremony and even talk virtually with their peers to create a makeup prom. “Often, teenagers are full of ideas about how to get what they want, they just need an adult to support them,” she says.
As many parents know, keeping a teen cooped up in the house is so much different than for a toddler. Kelleher suggests parents give teens input into what their schedule looks like, while remembering they still need help in creating a consistent routine and to help keep their spirits up.
In that schedule, make sure they build in a lot of movement throughout the day as well as FaceTime and calls with friends, she says.
“It’s really normal for your teen to experience feelings of anger, sadness and worry,” Ursetto says.
“We are going through a shared loss as a community, it’s important to use our strengths to build each other up and support our teens through using this time to explore new interests, connect with family and make their own meaning,” she says. “If you are having a hard time with this transition, imagine your teen with limited life experience trying to understand why life changes one day.”
Kelleher suggests parents keep their eyes out if their teen’s behavior starts getting destructive. Other warning signs include self-harm, rough behavior, hoarding, a loss of cheerfulness and an inability to function as they normally would, she says.
If they are unable to complete their e-learning work or attend dinners with the family, it could be time to reach out for help, she says. Many therapists are offering teletherapy during the pandemic.
One thing to remember, Kelleher says, is that seeking a therapist is nothing to be ashamed of as your child and your family navigates all of these changes.
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If you’re a senior in high school—congratulations! It’s been a long, uphill climb since kindergarten, and now the summit is finally in view. Next stop—college!
That said, as a high school senior you’re probably feeling a little overwhelmed with everything you have to do between now and graduation next spring. That’s why we’ve put together this handy little monthly to-do list. Use it as a guide as you make your way through this important year and prepare for the next exciting phase of your life.
- Narrow down your wish list of colleges
- If you haven’t already done so or plan to retake them, register for the SAT or ACT
- Research various scholarship and financial aid opportunities
- Get involved—join clubs and groups, volunteer, and take on leadership roles where possible
- Finalize your list of schools and be aware of their admission requirements and application deadlines
- Research scholarships at the colleges on your list
- Acquire letters of recommendations from your teachers
- Retake the ACT/SAT (if necessary)
- Make sure you’re on target for your colleges’ application deadlines,
- Take SAT Subject Tests (if necessary)
- Research outside scholarships
- Complete all college applications
- Start working with your parents on your FAFSA ( FAFSA.org )
- Schedule visits to the colleges on your wish list
- Be sure to keep up with your current academic and extracurricular activities
- Complete the College Scholarship Service Profile and the FAFSA
- Continue to research/apply for scholarships
- Visit schools on your finalized wish list
- Work with your parents to make sure the FAFSA and other financial aid documents are submitted on time
- Continue to research/apply for scholarships
- Meet with your high school counselor and make sure you are on track for graduation
- If you’ve already been accepted to a college(s), make plans to visit your potential new school(s)
- Review any financial aid scholarship offers you’ve received; continue to research/apply for scholarships
- If you’ve already been admitted to a school, submit your enrollment and housing forms/deposits
- Apply for student loans
- Be sure to send in your enrollment and housing deposits by the deadlines
- Once you select a college, notify any others you were accepted to
- Start to think about a summer job or taking a summer class
- Make a to-do list of everything you need to do/complete for your chosen college, i.e., submitting housing forms, registering for orientation and classes, etc.
- Secure a summer job or internship, or register for a summer class
- Have your final high school transcript sent to your chosen school
- Make sure you’re submitting all the necessary forms/info to your college
- Register for the orientation program
- Find out who your roommate is and make contact with them
- Start making a list of all the things you’ll need to buy/pack for your dorm
- Have fun with your high school friends! Believe it or not, but this may be the last time you see many of them for years. Embrace this time and reflect on the past four years. But don’t worry—the next four years are sure to be amazing!
My Senior Year In High School
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My Senior Year In High School
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My Senior Year In High School
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My Senior Year Of High School
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Becoming A Super ESL High School Teacher: 8 Little-Known Secrets
Any teacher who has spent some time teaching in schools (especially in Asia) soon realises that small class sizes are somewhat of a distant mirage – a myth that only a fortunate few who work at international schools have the opportunity to experience. Many government schools often have class sizes that regularly exceed 50 students! Imagine teaching 50 fifteen year-olds who have no interest in English. What would you do to capture their attention and get them interested in English? Teachers should draw on their own experience as a learner and recall the teachers who had an impact on them when they were the age of their students. The boring French teacher, who droned on and on about masculine and feminine words, was not really awe inspiring and generally sent students to sleep quicker than you could say ‘bonjour’. It is the teacher who is a little eccentric, unpredictable and, ultimately, inspiring who manages to capture the attention of the students.
In this article, we will try to cover some useful tips on how to inspire senior high school students and their toes, while providing them English skills that they can use in real life.
Here’s How You Can Become A ‘Pro’ High School ESL Teacher:
Give them what they want
If you want the best result from stubborn high school students, the most effective technique is to give them exactly what they want. If they want games, then give them games! The great part about giving students what they want is this can be used as a bargaining tool in order for you to get them to complete work. Senior high school students can be difficult to enforce discipline, so one fantastic way is to negotiate with them. If they complete the required exercises, then they can play a game at the end of class! When it comes to exercises that can be a little ‘dry’, edit them so they can talk about things that your students are interested in. Find out about some of their favourite pop stars, movie stars and base the exercises on that.
If possible, stay away from the grammar!
In many cases, it is the task of a local English teacher to teach the grammar. Your task as a native speaker should be encouraging students to use the language.
Don’t focus on grammar, keep the emphasis on communication. Of course, if a student makes a grammatical error on a regular basis, do correct them. However, provide usable examples of the grammar within context that the student could use, not out of a textbook.
Don’t be predictable
Predictable teaching means that students very quickly switch off and continue with their own thing. Keep them focused on what is happening in the classroom by being a little unpredictable. Try asking ‘trick’ questions or saying ‘Good Afternoon’ in the morning. This tests their English and checks that they are tuned in. Speak loudly, speak softly, just don’t be boring and monotonous.
Have a laugh!
Be prepared to laugh at them and laugh at yourself. Students generally respect a teacher who they can have a joke with. Generally, this works in the favour of the teacher, as most ESL/EFL teachers cannot speak the L1 of the student. If the student can joke to the teacher using English, well hey! They are using English! When you have a laugh and a joke with them (in English), then you are providing them with English, albeit in the form of a joke.
Make it real
One thing that we find works really well is to throw away the grammar books and get the students to work on a skill that they could use later in life or with their further education at university. Ongoing projects are a great way to teach language that is used on an everyday basis, and helps them build on language structures that they may eventually involve in the workplace. Some projects that help build on real life English include:
- Work as a group to plan a company, then present;
- Research and report on what’s happening in another country;
- Devise an advertising campaign for a produce;
- Work as a group and plan a travel itinerary around the world – decide as a group where you would go and what you would do.
The psychology of a fun class
Starting off with a game and ending with a game is what we refer to as a ‘Sandwich of Fun’. By starting with an activity and ending with an activity, students generally forget about the ‘boring’ grammar exercises or reading activities.
Set fair rules with their input
When you set the rules with the students, you create a fair environment where the students can voice their expectations of the teacher. If all of the students agree to the rules of both teacher and students, cooperation should be easy to maintain. Also set some fun rules as well, for example, make it a rule that students should answer the question ‘How are you?’ with anything other than ‘I’m Fine’.
Focus on students who want to learn
Often when faced with classes where 46 out of 54 students don’t want to learn, it’s a good idea to put the activity on the board and then focus on assisting those students who want to learn. Without totally neglecting the needs of all students in the class, simply assist those students who really want it. Focusing on a student who doesn’t want you help takes valuable teaching time away that could be used on providing assistance to a student who truly appreciates and wants to further their English skills.
Practically any teacher has the ability to become an inspiring teacher to senior high school students; it is simply a matter of walking into the classroom with the right attitude and by following the above tips and tricks. Even with more difficult classes, teachers can still be an inspiration to their students and provide them with a set of useful language skills that will stay with them forever.
It seems as though every teenager in today’s age is always looking for love. As a senior in a public high school, and as a person that has spent almost 12 years of my life in the public school system, I can confidently make that statement. Not everyone is looking, but 99 percent of kids are.
It has always made me wonder, “Why is everyone in need of a boyfriend/girlfriend?” and “Why can’t more people just be happy without having to have someone else?” The second one especially, because I have never seen a faithful relationship in high school last more than a year.
Young relationships always are so great in the beginning, but it always seems to end up with a lot of fighting and bickering. Why spend all of that time fighting with someone, when you can be productive doing something and being happy? It befuddles me, and I see it time and time again.
However, because we are young we are always going to be on the look-out for someone of the opposite sex that makes us happy. Someone that can make us laugh and smile, and someone that we can make memories with. It shouldn’t have to end with fighting and bickering, so here are some helpful tips for making a successful relationship.
First, it is key to find someone whose maturity is on the same level as yours. If you are a quiet and shy person it probably isn’t going to work out dating the loud, class clown. The same goes for someone who likes to think about their future. If the only thing you care about is what you’re going to be doing on Friday night, dating someone who is worried about their life past high school just isn’t going to work.
Second, you have to have someone whose interests are the same as yours. This basically goes without saying, but I have seen many times where people do not follow this one. If you’re a girl who plays in the orchestra and is in the drama club, dating the quarterback and star pitcher on the baseball team probably isn’t going to mesh real well.
As we are maturing and beginning to become more round people, we think that we can overlook the interests that don’t line up, and focus on the ones that do. But, you’re still a teenager and you have the amount of wisdom of a teenager. Don’t set yourself up for failure.
Third, do not let your relationship play out on social media. We live in a society where there is Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, among many others. Posting pictures and statues every now and then is okay, but constantly bombarding your followers and friends with your relationship isn’t going to make them happy, and can easily lead to an argument with your boyfriend/girlfriend or possibly a breakup. Keep social media out of your relationship.
Fourth, you each need to learn how to compromise. This isn’t a quality that comes easy with being young. We want what we want for the reasons that we want it, and normally if we don’t get it, we aren’t going to be too happy. Not having compromise normally leads to arguments, and at our age, arguments lead to breakups. Find some middle ground and be happy that your significant other is happy.
Fifth, you need to learn to pick and choose your battles. All the time, things happen in life that will frustrate and upset us, but sometimes you really have to stop and think if it’s really worth getting upset about or making a big deal over. You need to think before you act. If you don’t, you’ll normally find yourself beating yourself up because you wish you would have thought before you acted. Keep calm and think everything through.
Sixth, do not let temptation get to you. There is an old adage that goes, “Once a cheater, always a cheater.” It hasn’t let me down yet. Don’t cheat on someone, period. If you do, you will end up with a bad rap, and no one else with any self-respect will want to date you. If you believe you will ever be tempted to cheat, just stay away from relationships.
These are just some of the thing you must do in order to have a healthy high school relationship. Young relationships are always fun when you’re young, but they are often building the foundation of your abilities to handle situations later in life, especially when you’re ready to settle down and find a spouse. Learn while you’re young, so you’re not questioning yourself 20 years down the road as to why no relationship of yours works out.
Ideas for Elementary School Assemblies
One of the most memorable experiences in a young adult’s life is senior year of high school. The exciting time highlights the transition to adulthood, with various privileges and responsibilities. School activities usually focus on college preparation, yet few commemorate the contributions of its seniors. Senior appreciation activities helps foster a sense of community and leave a lasting impression on the graduating class.
A slide show is a memorable way to communicate the senior class’s experience with pictures, music, and video clips. It can be played during the graduation ceremony or on senior day. Photos should include as many different students as possible. A recording of the school song or a medley of high school-themed music can accompany the pictures and clips. A theme can complement the slide show, such as a now-and-then theme in which senior-year pictures follow those from freshman year or childhood.
A barbecue to which seniors can invite their family and teachers is a relaxing way to enjoy the end of the school year. A simple barbecue should include grilled meat, salad, chips, corn on the cob, baked beans and a variety of drinks and desserts. Cakes adorned with the school’s colors and graduation decorations serve as fun treats. A game of volleyball or kickball between the boys and girls is a great way to end the event.
Rent-a-senior day is a tradition in which underclassmen purchase the services and company of a senior who has volunteered herself. The money is then donated towards a community organization or used to minimize the costs of senior prom. It is a way to honor and celebrate the previous four years and bridge the different grades. Seniors are excused from their classes for the day. Services range from walking around with freshmen to giving piano lessons.
Awards ceremonies in auditoriums recognize the academic and social excellence of high school students. It highlights the contributions they have made during the four years. One of the conventional awards is “Most Likely to Succeed.” Others focus on academic subjects, such as the student with the highest grade-point average in calculus. Funny senior awards, like “Most Likely to Still Be Living in His Mom’s Basement,” provide humor. A small reception can follow the ceremony.
My Experience In The High School Experience
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The first day of high school is full of excitement and nerves for students and teachers alike. You can put your students at ease right away by enthusiastically welcoming them to your class and greeting them at the door with a smile, an introduction, and a handshake.
The first day will inevitably involve some logistics, like going over the class rules and reviewing the course syllabi. However, you can make your students’ introduction to your classroom stress-free and positive by adding these fun first day of high school activities.
Would You Rather?
Help the teens in your class relax with a fun round of “Would You Rather,” the game in which you pit two choices against each other. Sometimes the choices are serious; other times they’re silly. Occasionally, neither is a good option, forcing students to choose the lesser of two evils.
Get started with these these Would You Rather prompts. Would you rather.
- Live in the mountains or on the beach?
- Be a famous author or a famous musician?
- Have the ability to read minds or be invisible?
- Spend the day at an amusement park or the mall?
- Have a private jet or a fancy sports car?
- Live somewhere that is always warm and sunny, or somewhere that is always cold and snowy?
After you ask each question, instruct students to move to one side of the room if they’d choose the first option and the other if they’d prefer the second.
If you’d rather keep everyone in their seats, provide students with different color choice markers (e.g. colored paper plates, paint stir sticks). Students hold up one color for the first choice and the other color for the second.
Two Truths and a Lie
Get to know your students and help them get to know each other with the classic icebreaker game Two Truths and a Lie. Tell the students to share two true facts and one made-up fact about themselves. After a student shares his or her facts, the other students should guess which statement is a lie.
For example, a student might say, “I moved here from California. My birthday is in October. And, I have three brothers.” The other students then guess which of the three statements is untrue until the first student reveals that he is an only child.
You can start the game by sharing two truths and a lie about yourself, then go around the room until each student gets a turn.
Letter to Yourself
Begin the school year with this introspective activity. Invite the students write a letter to their future selves. Provide a list of questions, writing prompts, or sentence starters and instruct students to answer the questions in complete sentences. Try some of the following:
- I am wearing…
- My best friend is…
- What I’m looking forward to most this year is…
- What is your favorite subject?
- What are your favorite songs, TV shows, books, games, or music artists?
- What are your hobbies?
- What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
Provide envelopes so that students can seal their letters once they’re complete. Then, the students should turn in their sealed letters to you for safe-keeping. Return the messages to the students on their last day of school.
Tell Me About Yourself
Get to know your students with an engaging questionnaire. Write five to ten questions—some lighthearted, a few thoughtful—on the board or provide a printed handout. Ask questions such as:
- What is one of your favorite memories?
- Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
- What qualities does a great teacher have?
- How do you learn best (examples: quiet environment, hands-on, listening, reading)?
- If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Students should turn in their finished questionnaires to you. Use this activity as an opportunity to gain insight into their personalities.
Pop Culture Quiz
Take a break from the first-day-of-school stress with a pop quiz. A pop culture quiz, that is!
In advance, create a list of 10-15 questions about current pop culture, from music to movies. Then, to begin the game, divide the class into multiple teams. Distribute paper and pens/markers or personal whiteboards to each team.
Stand at the front of the room and ask one question at a time. Give the teams time (30-60 seconds) to confer quietly about their answers. Each team should write down their final answer on a piece of paper. Once the time is up, ask each team to hold up their answer. Each team that answers correctly earns a point. Record the score on the board. Whichever team earns the most points wins!
Create a sense of community and connection in your classroom through this activity. In advance, prepare one or two questions to ask the students. Here are some examples:
- What are you most nervous about the new school year?
- What is one thing you wish everyone at school knew about you?
- What is your biggest goal this school year?
Write your question(s) on the board, pass out an index card to each student. Explain that they should write down their answers without including their name, and assure them that their responses are completely anonymous (but that they will be shared with the group). Give the class 5 minutes to complete the activity. When time is up, instruct students to fold their cards once and place them in a basket or bin at the front of the room.
Once everyone has turned in their index cards, read the responses out loud. Many students may be surprised to find out how similar they are to their classmates. To extend the activity, moderate a brief discussion about the students’ reactions to hearing their classmates’ responses.
Teacher Multiple Choice Quiz
Give your students a chance to get to know you through a silly multiple choice quiz. To create the quiz, come up with a list of fun or surprising facts about yourself. Then, turn them into multiple choice questions. Be sure to include some funny wrong answers.
After the students have finished the quiz, go over the correct answers and have the students “grade” their own quizzes. This activity often generates fun, engaging discussions, as many students are curious to hear the backstories behind some of the facts you included on the quiz.
Divide the students into pairs and pass out a list of interview question prompts. Tell the students to be on the lookout for things they have in common. Then, give the students 10 minutes to interview their partners. When time is up, each student should introduce his or her partner to the class using the information they learned during the meeting. Each presentation should include a fun fact and a newly-discovered commonality.
This activity is an excellent way for students to get to know each other. In addition, many students find it less intimidating to speak to the class about someone else rather than themselves.
High school, college seniors react to coronavirus cancellations
On the day of the prom, Maggie Clark, 17, slipped into her mauve A-line gown and slid on her bedazzled rhinestone Converse.
From her Pennsylvania home, she FaceTimed with a friend while they put on their makeup and prepared for what would be an unforgettable evening. Then she headed outside for photos with her parents.
“I have some amazing memories from that day,” Clark said recently. “Like, my family and I had fun and just messed around. It’s like a good memory to have from this scary time.”
Taking photos with her family was as close as Clark would get to the prom at Upper Dublin High School in Fort Washington. Like so many other rites of passage that U.S. teenagers look forward to each year, the March 21 event was postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic.
For high school students across the nation — particularly seniors — prom, graduation and simply saying goodbye to friends are all on hold while schools stay closed in an attempt to stop the spread.
Several teenagers who spoke to NBC News said they’re trying to cope with the ambiguity while remaining optimistic that they will one day experience some end-of-high-school traditions.
“Our prom has not been canceled as of right now, but just about every event is up in the air,” Jessica King, 17, said. “We have no idea what is going to happen to our school show, prom, graduation, senior showcases, or even our London school trip that is supposed to happen in June. But we’re staying hopeful.”
King, who lives in New Jersey and is a senior at Academy for Performing Arts at the Union County Vocational Technical Schools, said the event weighing most on her is the school musical, “Into The Woods.”
“That might sound silly, but it’s my senior show and I’m playing the Witch — and the school show has been my favorite part of the year since I was a freshman,” she said.
Despite her hope that the show will go on, King said if social distancing helps to stop the spread of the virus, she’s all right with missing out on a few high school experiences like the prom.
“I’m glad to be participating in social distancing because I know that it’s the best thing we can do to put an end to the virus. I’m happy to have an online senior year if that means I’m helping out,” King said. “Although it’s not an ideal situation, the safety and health of people around the world is much more important than a prom.”
While stuck at home, some students are using video chatting services like FaceTime and Zoom to stay connected and entertained. At first, some thought it would be fun to have time off from school, but after more than a week apart, the novelty has worn thin.
“Me and my friends have all just been stuck in our houses recently, and it’s not really as fun as we thought it would be,” said Joshua Frey, 17, a senior at Hayfield Secondary School in Virginia.
“However, with FaceTime and other apps, in which you can call other people, it’s not too, too bad, but it’s still not very fun.”
Frey, who attended the prom last year, said he thinks it’s only a matter of time before this year’s event is called off.
“It’s still going to suck if my senior prom does officially get canceled,” Frey said. “I’d probably be sad at first, but it’s for everyone’s health, so it’s not too big of a deal. But, like, still it just sucks to have to miss out on an experience that everyone seems to see as like a big anchoring part of their high school experience.”
It was the delay and potential cancellation of events like the prom, senior trips and even graduation that drove home the severity of the coronavirus outbreak for some students.
Isis Ross, 18, a senior at Plano West Senior High School in Plano, Texas, said her fear of the coronavirus began to grow the week after her spring break when schools began closing.
“I started to get scared about whether I was going to walk across the stage or if I was ever going to take my senior pictures,” Ross said. “Our school sent out a mass email saying our prom was going to be delayed and that really made me realize that this is really bad what’s happening.”
For students like Clark, who is a junior at Hatboro-Horsham Senior High School, there’s always next year when it comes to major milestones. But for seniors like Ross, if the prom doesn’t happen this year, there won’t be a second chance.
“I was really excited to be able to go to prom. My school only does senior proms so this would be my only chance to go to a prom,” Ross said.
Although many students fear they’ll miss out on the experiences they’ve looked forward to throughout grade school, many teens who spoke to NBC News said their advice to their peers is to remain positive.
King, who is holding an ongoing “TikTok Prom,” encourages students to take videos of themselves dressed up in the outfits they would have worn and share it to the platform. Staying occupied and optimistic is the best way to survive the end-of-the-year quarantine, she said.
“My heart breaks for other teens whose shows, sports seasons and other events that they were looking forward to were canceled,” King said. “The most we can do for ourselves is support one another and stay hopeful that things will work out in the end.”
Kalhan Rosenblatt is a reporter covering youth and internet culture for NBC News, based in New York.
Summer has faded once again. My family has transitioned haltingly back into the daily rhythms of another school year. But this is not just any school year. We are a couple of weeks into senior year of high school for my youngest child – a boy who is over six feet tall, yet still is six years old in my mind’s eye. With a melodramatic flourish of my hand, in my best Count Olaf voice, I declare, “It is The Beginning of the End,” a year jam-packed full of so many “lasts,” while simultaneously laser focused on the future.
From the rearview mirror, all of our children’s school years seem to pass quickly. But senior year goes by FAST. Like, Usain Bolt fast. Blink once and it is winter break. Blink twice and you are straining your neck and wiping your eyes to see every single step your child is taking to cross that stage at graduation.
[More on the senior year bucket list for parents here.]
For a parent, senior year seems like a kaleidoscopic blur of two repetitive tasks: meeting deadlines and handing over your credit card. Before my son could even get a school parking pass or take his ID photo, we had to pay a vaguely termed “Graduation Fee.” (Probably to help pay for the rental of said stage that he will be crossing in late May.)
Our calendars are already heavily marked up with Must Be Done and/or Paid By dates: senior portraits, sport and club fees, college applications and letters of recommendation. A friend has already texted me, “I just want it to be Thanksgiving NOW and have all of the college stuff DONE!! [Triple Frazzled- Face emoji]”
[More on the sideline parents you will miss at season end here.]
I know how easy it is to fall into the trap of wishing away a certain phase of your child’s life. I step forward, head bowed, into the dimly lit Mothering Hall of Shame and admit I have done just that. I don’t sugarcoat the fact that I was never a huge fan of the baby and toddler phases of motherhood. Please don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved and cherished my children from the second they were born, but I spent more than just a few sleepless nights wishing away my daughter’s colicky phase, and wanting time to fast forward during the exhausting couple of years my son seemed to never stop moving, keeping me constantly on edge, waiting for the next tumble or crash to happen.
There is a real danger of missing out on the present, both good and bad, when we are focusing so intently on the future. Senior year of high school is a particularly treacherous time, when almost every aspect of the year is directed at the next phase – college.
Your senior’s social media feeds have probably already been lit up with pictures from older friends, siblings and cousins. They are seeing countless images of dorm rooms, groups of new friends and beautiful campus scenery. They are already imagining themselves in those rooms and on those campuses. They may be slowly beginning to realize that every adult they now encounter is required to ask of them one question, “Where are you applying to college?” By November they will eagerly want to don that t-shirt that simply states, “Don’t Ask Me About College .” Even if they are lucky enough know where they are headed by the holidays, all of the well-meaning relatives will gather around and pepper them with questions about college majors, AP credits and living arrangements.
So this time around, I am trying a different tactic. I am willing myself to be mindful during the swiftly passing days of my son’s senior year. I will challenge myself to remain present and fully embrace this phase, while it is happening. And because I am all too aware of how fleeting the time is that he still has at home with us.
I will try my best to avoid talking with him about college ad nauseam. I know I will find myself tempted to say things like, “Clean up your room – you’ll be living with a roommate next year!” Instead I will smile and simply say, “I love you.” As deadlines approach, I will want to ask (nag?) if he’s written essays and completed forms. Instead, I will try to smile and merely remind him that I am proud of all his efforts.
I will go to as many games, plays, concerts and school activities as I can manage. Not just the ones my kid is involved in, but those of his friends and our neighbors. I will watch them be teammates for one last season and enjoy their camaraderie, whether they win or lose, excel or disappoint.
I will take pictures of the mundane. Their yearbook captures all the big moments, the formal and staged shots of my son and all his fellow classmates. I will attempt to record the ordinary moments whenever possible. My boy and his dog lying on the floor. Friends playing Frisbee in the backyard.
I will thank people now, and not allow myself to think I’ll have the time to do it properly at the end of the school year. I will express gratitude throughout the year to the numerous people who have helped him get this far – teachers, coaches, other parents, and my kid’s friends. They have all played a huge part in my son’s growth and small successes thus far.
I will celebrate and revel in the routine of our days still together – the hastily prepared dinners and the nights my son falls asleep with his head up against a stack of Chemistry notecards.
I will not treat his senior year of high school as the mossy stepping stone we try to quickly cross over to reach the other bank of the stream. College will be patiently waiting on the other side.
Your high school years should be filled with learning and growth. Increasingly, students are finding that high school is also a time of stress and anxiety. It seems that students are feeling more pressure than ever before when it comes to performing well.
There are some things you can do to make sure your high school experience is enjoyable and successful.
Embrace a Healthy Life Balance
Don’t stress about your grades so much that you forget to have fun. This is supposed to be an exciting time in your life. On the other hand, don’t let too much fun get in the way of your study time. Establish a healthy balance, and don’t let yourself go overboard either way.
Understand What Time Management Really Means
Sometimes, students assume there’s some magical trick or shortcut to time management. Time management means being aware and taking action. Be aware of the things that waste time and reduce them. You don’t have to stop them, just reduce them. Take action to replace time-wasters with active and responsible study habits.
Eliminate Those Time-Wasters
There’s a fine line between helpful unwinding between periods of intensive studying and wasting precious hours and attention in ways that are not recharging your batteries. Pay attention to how much time you’re spending on social media, on video games, bingeing on shows, or whatever your guilty pleasures might be. Staying connected to friends is vital, but make it quality time that leaves you clear-headed and rested. One helpful tactic is to set aside specific times of day to check your phone and adhering strictly to that schedule when studying.
Find Tools That Work for You
There are many time management tools and tactics, but you’ll find that you are more likely to stick with a few. Different people find different methods that work for them. Use a big wall calendar, use color-coded supplies, use a planner, or find your own methods of managing your time.
Choose Extracurricular Activities Wisely
You may feel pressured to select several extracurricular activities that might look good on a college application. This can cause you to overextend yourself and get swamped in commitments that you don’t enjoy. Instead, select clubs and activities that match your passions and your personality.
Appreciate the Importance of Sleep
We all joke around a lot about the poor sleep habits of teens. But the reality is that you have to find a way to get enough sleep. Lack of sleep leads to poor concentration, and poor concentration leads to bad grades. You’re the one who pays the price if you don’t sleep enough. Force yourself to turn off the gadgets and go to bed early enough to get a good night’s sleep.
Do Things for Yourself
Are you the child of a helicopter parent? If so, your parent is not doing you any favors by protecting you from failures. Helicopter parents are those who monitor every bit of a child’s life, from waking them in the morning to monitoring homework and test days, to hiring professionals to help with college preparations. Such parents are setting students up for failure in college. Learn to do things for yourself and ask your parents to give you space to succeed or fail on your own.
Communicate With Your Teachers
You don’t have to be best friends with your teacher, but you should ask questions, accept feedback, and give feedback when your teacher asks for it. Teachers appreciate it when they see that students try.
Practice Active Study Methods
Studies show that you learn more when you study the same material two or three ways with a time delay between study methods. Rewrite your notes, test yourself and your friends, write practice essay answers: Be creative and be active when you study!
Give Yourself Plenty of Time to Do Assignments
There are so many reasons you should get an early start on assignments. Too many things can go wrong if you procrastinate. You could come down with a bad cold on the night before your due date; you might find out too late that you’re missing some needed research or supplies—there are dozens of possibilities.
Use Smart Test Prep
Studies show that the best way to prepare for a test is to create and use practice tests. For best results, use a study group to create test questions and practice quizzing each other.
Eat Well to Feel Better
Nutrition makes a world of difference when it comes to brain function. If you feel groggy, tired, or sleepy because of the way you eat, your ability to retain and recall information will be impaired.
Improve Reading Habits
In order to remember what you read, you will need to practice active reading techniques. Stop every few pages to attempt to summarize what you’ve read. Mark and research any words that you can’t define. Read all critical texts at least twice.
Be sure to find ways to reward yourself for every good result. Make time to watch a marathon of your favorite shows on the weekends, or take time to have fun with friends and let off a little steam.
Make Smart College Planning Choices
The goal of most high school students is to gain acceptance into a college of choice. One common mistake is to “follow the pack” and select colleges for the wrong reasons. Big football colleges and Ivy League schools might be great choices for you, but then again, you might be better off at a small private college or a middle-sized state college. Think about how the college you pursue really matches your personality and your goals.
Write Down Your Goals
There’s no magical power to writing down your goals, except that it helps you identify and prioritize the things you want to accomplish. Turn your ambitions from vague thoughts to specific goals by making a list.
Don’t Let Friends Bring You Down
Are your friends seeking the same goals as you? Are you picking up any bad habits from your friends? You don’t have to change your friends because of your ambitions, but you should be aware of the influences that might affect you. Be sure to make choices based on your own ambitions and goals. Don’t make choices just to make your friends happy.
Choose Your Challenges Wisely
You may be tempted to take honors classes or AP courses because they’ll make you look good. Be aware that taking too many challenging courses can backfire. Determine your strengths and be selective about them. Excelling in a few challenging courses is much better than performing poorly in several.
Take Advantage of Tutoring
If you have the opportunity to receive free help, be sure to take advantage. The extra time you take to review lessons, solve problems, and talk over the information from class lectures, will pay off in your report cards.
Learn to Accept Criticism
It can be disheartening to find lots of red teacher’s marks and comments on a paper you spent hours crafting. Take the time to read the comments carefully and consider what the teacher has to say. It’s sometimes painful to read about your weaknesses and mistakes, but this is the only way to really avoid repeating the same mistakes over and over. Also, notice any patterns when it comes to grammar mistakes or wrong word choices.
There is a great future for Ghana’s future education, especially after the last presidential announcement that was made in September 2017 about the free admission of Ghanaian students to senior high schools in Ghana. The Ghanaian president Nana Akufo-Addo has launched the free high school education program calling it an important investment for the nation’s future workforce. A lot of parents and students had an enthusiastic response to the president’s decision, as they rushed to public schools for registration procedures before classes were opened for students. Check the list below of the top 50 senior high schools in Ghana.
Future Results of Free Admission to Senior High Schools in Ghana
There is no doubt that such a great decision is going to affect the country’s future, as many Ghanaian students will start getting a proper education in the best senior high schools in Ghana. As a result, many problems in the Ghanaian society are going to disappear. For example, statistics have proven that a big percentage of women who suffer from domestic violence in Ghana are married to uneducated men. Proper education will definitely spread cultural awareness in Ghana making it one of the most developed countries in Africa.
Statistics have also proven that many Ghanaian men drink a lot of alcohol, especially in the urban areas. Alcohol has proven to have many dangerous effects on people who drink it and on the people surrounding them, as drunk people usually tend to be more aggressive towards members of their families. Education will definitely contribute to the overall wellbeing of Ghanaian men, as it will give them a chance to become more aware of the dangerous effects of alcohol overuse.
Best Senior High Schools in Ghana
One of the best senior high schools in Ghana is Presbyterian Boys Senior High School, which is located in Greater Accra, as the average pass rate if its students is 88.22%. Another great school is the Opoku Ware Senior High School, which is located in the Ashanti Region. Its students averaged a 92.52% pass rate, which was a big surprise to its main competition Prempeh College. St. Peter’s Senior High School is the top school on our list, and it is located in the eastern region, and it has proven to be the best school in the eastern region, as it has achieved an average pass rate of 87.45%. We all hope that such schools would be a leading example for all Ghanaian schools so that the dreams of many Ghanaian students would come true.
It is also very important that people who live in urban areas may find schools in which they can enroll without having to change their locations. Now, many Ghanaian students can start dreaming about a better future for themselves, as they can have free high school education, which will enable them later on to enroll in many reputable Ghanaian universities. Below is the list of the first class senior high schools in Ghana.
List of Senior High Schools in Ghana and Their Categories
Senior high schools in Ghana are usually ranked according to the WASSCE exam results of their students. Many Ghanaian high schools have improved over the last few years giving students a chance to work on themselves and to hope for a better a future. Here is the list of senior high schools in Ghana and their categories:
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Writing prompts for seniors in high school— For high school seniors, the end of this school year is a milestone moment in their life. They are looking forward to an exciting summer and the adventures that lie ahead, including college courses, military training, internships, travel and technical school programs. Below you will find 20 high school graduation writing prompts to share with your high school seniors.
While there’s so much to look forward to for these young and aspiring students, there’s also a lot to reflect on as well. This can be an emotional time and is often considered to be a bittersweet moment. Students are saying goodbye to their friends and the school that they have known for the last four years, while at the same time they are dreaming about who they want to become.
As graduation approaches, it’s an ideal time to ask your high school seniors to write in their journals or complete an essay. This final assignment gives them a sense of closure on their high school experience and can serve as a memento for years to come.
High School Graduation Writing Prompts for Seniors
- Think back to your first day of freshman year. Did your high school experience go as you expected it to? Explain.
- You’re walking out of school on the last day of your senior year when you see an incoming freshman student coming in to look at the school for next year. You can only offer them one piece of advice. What is it?
- Describe your best friend from kindergarten. Do you still know this person? Are you still friends today? What happened throughout the course of your friendship?
- Write about your favorite memory from sophomore year. Why is that one so special to you?
- Senior year is filled with many milestone moments and exciting memories. What was your favorite part of senior year, and how will that memory stick with you throughout the rest of your life?
- Throughout your school years, you probably told plenty of teachers that you will “never use this information in the future.” Now that you are about to graduate, what is some information that you know you will carry with you as you move on to new and bigger adventures?
- You are allowed to take a trip to any destination after college, and there’s only one rule: You can’t go with your family. Where are you going to go? Who are you going to take with you?
- What is the one song that you feel has defined your senior year of high school, and will always remind you of high school graduation? Why does this song speak to you?
- You’ve been chosen to give the commencement speech at your graduation ceremony. What are you going to tell the graduating class of 2017?
- Think about this quote from Oprah Winfrey: “Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.” What does this quote mean to you as you prepare for your high school graduation?
- You’ve spent four years at this school, and you’ve likely been involved in many different sports, activities, and clubs. What do you feel is your legacy? What will you leave behind and how will future students remember you?
- What is the biggest challenge that you faced during your senior year? How did you overcome it? What advice would you give to another student who is facing similar issues?
- Now that you are graduating from high school and embarking on a new season in life, consider the goals that you want to accomplish. Create a list of three goals for the coming year and your plan for accomplishing them.
- Consider what your next step will be after graduation. Why did you choose this path? Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
- Write about your best friend and how they impacted your high school years. Describe your friend and explain the moments that defined your friendship.
- Was there a news event that defined your senior year? Describe the event in factual details, and reflect on how it impacted your final year of high school.
- Think about all of the rules that you had to abide by throughout your high school years. If you could change one rule at this high school, which one would it be and why?
- You’re helping your mom with graduation party plans. What type of food are you going to have at your party? Did you decide on a theme? Describe your dream graduation party.
- Explain what you think you will feel like as soon as you have your high school diploma in hand.
- It’s the first day of summer after high school graduation. You’re finally free. What are you going to do?
Even after graduation, students should keep on writing!
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Time Management Techniques for College Students
High school can be a challenging time for students, who may experience newfound stress as they begin the process of developing serious goals, perhaps for the first time. Setting short-term goals is a good way to relieve the pressures that are all around in high school. They are also a direct path toward reaching your long-term goals. Whether you are working toward going to college, achieving greatness in sports or extracurricular activities or finally getting straight A’s, choose attainable and realistic short-term goals that move you forward and keep you motivated.
Put Academics First
While a good long-term goal for a class might be to end the semester with an A, setting a realistic and timely short-term goal helps you make smart decisions that benefit you along the way. For example, rather than demanding perfection from yourself right away, gather together a series of past quizzes or tests, review your grades and set a goal to achieve a higher score on the next three. Track your progress over time, and make your goal attainable within a set time period. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment. Marginal improvement can make a difference, so achieving short-term goals that result in small increments of accomplishment matter. If all you do is move from 88 to 90, that’s the difference between a B and an A.
Get Homework Done on Time
Managing your time in high school can be challenging because a typical high schooler’s life can be busy. Showing up to school each day prepared can end some worry about how class will go, so try to set aside time each night for homework or writing papers. A good short-term goal for homework might be, for two weeks, to have all assignments completed by 9 p.m. the night before they’re due. Once you get used to the pattern, make it a long-term goal. If you have study hall, see whether you can get all the homework for one class done then. Divide the homework up into manageable amounts, and, again, track your progress for a set time period to see how you did.
Plan for College
Most high school students are steered toward going to college these days, and the process does involve figuring some things out on your own. For short-term planning, set a goal such as talking to a guidance counselor about your options. Ask about college entrance exams such as the ACT or SAT, financial aid options or career possibilities. If you are further along in high school, plan to visit two or three colleges in a semester. Talk to your parents, friends and their families to see whether you can plan a group trip to a campus. Set a timeline with manageable deadlines, and try to have some fun along the way.
Participate in Extracurricular Activities
The experience of being on the team or in the play involves all participants in learning to achieve reasonable goals of self-improvement. Talk to a coach, director or teacher, and take the advice they offer to decide how you can improve. A short-term goal for sports could be to boost a certain statistic by a few points in a month or come up with a plan to finally beat a rival team. Actors can strive to memorize all their lines by a certain date. Musicians can plan to perform in an ensemble or competition. Once you’ve achieved that goal, set a new short-term goal to keep your motivation high.
Remember to Network
Part of setting goals is knowing what you need to improve, which means being aware of your weaknesses. A good goal for the short term may be to join an organization that can improve your performance. If you’re struggling in French, for example, join the French club and ask for advice. Student organizations abound for tons of different interests in high school, so take advantage of the ability to network. Students who excel in certain subjects may be more than happy to help you with studying. By getting involved in the school’s clubs, you may also end up knowing the teachers better, which can help in the long run as well.
The Best Way to Get Ready for Your Exams
Having trouble getting serious about studying for a test? These high school study tips will get you in the right mindset to get prepped for your final exams, or just for your average, everyday quiz.
Unless you’ve got a couple of friends who are super-serious about getting down to business, stay away from group study sessions because they tend to get off-topic pretty quickly. Save the social time till after you’ve handed in your test.
Create Your Perfect Study Area
The place where you study should be quiet, comfortable and free from distractions. Go to your room, close the door and kill as many distractions as possible – like music, television, and even the internet and your phone. If you don’t have your own room that you can sneak away to, consider studying at the library instead.
Get it All Out
Your study materials, that is. Before you dig in, make sure you have all your books, notes, study guides and writing utensils in front of you. Don’t give yourself another excuse to get up and rummage around.
Turn Your Notes into Flash Cards
Now that you’ve got all your notes in front of you, open up a pack of index cards. As you read through the important facts, rewrite them in Q&A form on the cards. For instance: to study historical facts, write the historical fact on one side of the card and the key details on the other side. To study geometry formulas, right the name of the formula on one side and the formula itself on the other side.
Snack Healthy While You Study
If you want to stay sharp while you study, stay away from junk food. Instead, snack on studying-friendly foods like dark leafy greens, whole grains, peanut butter, milk, and seafood. Feeling sluggish? Caffeine or energy drinks won’t help you in the long run. Get your energy boost instead by eating a banana or an apple.
Narrow it Down
If you try to study every single thing your teacher’s ever said, you’ll go crazy. Instead, focus on the most important topics. If you’re not sure what those are, read the study guide (if there is one), or ask your classmates. Once you’ve nailed down the important stuff, if there’s still time left before the test, you can move onto the finer details.
Take a Break
Your brain can only take so much hard work at one time. For every hour that you study, take about 15 minutes to do something mindless, like taking a walk, listening to music or playing a computer game. (You can even take a 15-minute nap if you’re confident you can wake yourself up at the end of it.) It’ll keep your stress level down and give your brain a chance to let all that information sink in.
Put Yourself to the Test
Once you’ve got your set of flash cards, test yourself with them. If you don’t trust yourself not to cheat, give the cards to your parents and have them test you. Don’t stop till you’ve made it through the whole stack without any mistakes. And be sure to bring your flashcards to school with you on the day of the test: you’ll be amazed at how much more you can retain if you run through the cards right before your teacher hands out the test packet.
Get Some Sleep
You might be tempted to pull an all-nighter, but if you do, you’ll only be hurting your chances of getting an A. Get a full 8 hours of sleep so your brain is in good shape on test day.
Study All Semester Long
It’s tempting to hold off on studying till the last minute, especially if you tell yourself that anything you try to memorize earlier on won’t really stay in your brain. That’s not true. Take some time throughout the semester to review all of your notes and re-read important passages in your textbook. It might seem tedious, but it’ll really keep all those facts in your brain on test day.