Surviving Super Senior Year
Remember your PECIL GRIT!
You are almost at the finish line and you CAN do this! You’ve got this! You’ve come this far...do not quit on yourself or your school now!
Your future is ahead of you and it's looking bright!
Support your school:
- You are a Maverick! Be a mentor, role model, or peer tutor for the underclassmen.
- Be involved with clubs and organizations.
- Participate in your Senior/SuperSenior Seminars, these are credit courses and can help boost your GPA.
- Attend school events and support your classmates.
- READ and RESPOND to school emails (PCS and PCC). Check both frequently!
Going into the workforce:
- When taking advantage of part time job opportunities, job shadowing opportunities, internship or apprenticeship opportunities, be sure to practice your good time management skills.
- If you are going straight to a career and not a 4 year college or university, take time to research companies that interest you. Look at job opportunities posted online. What is the job description? Talk with your college liaison about this.
- Attend career fairs and network with people in the field in which you wish to work. Work with the Transition Center, College Liaison, and School Counselor to find resources.
- Use your CFNC account to review colleges, college application deadlines and scholarship opportunities.
- Attend college visitations either virtually or in person.
- Update your Senior Resume.
- Here is another resume writing resource: https://novoresume.com/
- Meet with the school counselor to keep you abreast of local scholarships for which you are eligible to apply.
- Sign up for the ACT and SAT again. You will have to register and cover the cost for either one yourself.
- Review your transcript and go over your study plan with the counselor and liaison to make sure you are on track for graduation.
- Start the financial aid application process and check colleges to see if you qualify for scholarships offered. Complete the FAFSA. This opens in October. There will be an opportunity to participate in a FAFSA workshop on campus. You will be notified of the date and time.
- Keep working hard! Do not slow down now! You are in the home stretch, but second semester grades can affect many things such as scholarships, getting into the school of your choice, etc.
- Since you are a Super Senior, you only have this year. Don't slack off in your course load. Colleges will be looking at your Super Senior schedule. They want to make sure you challenge yourself even in the final stretch.
- Continue with extra-curricular activities and service activities. Remember that it is important to choose something and stick with it.
- Ask for Letters of Recommendations early in the year from teachers, school counselors and employers. Do not wait until a few weeks before your application deadline. Remember to give them your resume.
Helpful tips when applying for colleges:
- Keep track of deadlines for sending in all required application fees and paperwork
- There will be a college application week that allows you to apply at no cost to a variety of NC colleges at once. Your school counselor will inform you of dates.
- If you plan to do “early decision”, be sure to learn when the application window opens as this will be much earlier than the normal application window.
- Compare admission acceptance letters and financial aid packages
- If not accepted by your college of choice, use the College Redirection module at CFNC.org for new options.
- Once you have made your decision, notify the schools you will not attend that you are declining acceptance.
- Make sure your final high school transcript is sent to your college (it goes automatically if you requested one through CFNC)