The Balancing Act of Senior Year
Now that your son or daughter has been accepted to UND, there still is a lot for both of you to think about this coming year. It can be hard to strike a balance between senior year activities and staying on track to prepare for college. There are dates and deadlines to meet, activities nearly every night of the week, and so many tasks to be done.
How can you help your son or daughter make the most of his/her senior year?
Between high school activities and college deadlines, there's a ton of things going on for students! You can help by making sure they have a day planner and use it to note:
- deadlines for applications and scholarships, papers, tests, etc.
- extracurricular activities and schedules
- ACT or SAT test day
- college visits
Check in to be sure your son or daughter plans ahead to complete tasks in advance instead of the night before they're due, which can create extra stress.
It's easy to get caught up in the college admission process and all of the various scholarships to apply for. Although it's important to make an informed decision when selecting a college and scholarship dollars are always welcomed, you should also encourage students to take some time to enjoy their senior year.
Staying committed to activities they love and keeping a focus on high school academics will not only make their senior year more enjoyable, but will help enrich their brains, bodies and spirits, which are all important lifetime skills.
Talk about it.
As parents, it can be hard to know how much to get involved in students' scheduling and decision making. On the one hand, you want them to be independent and on the other hand you want to be sure they're making the best decisions.
Talk with students to be sure they're staying on top of deadlines and managing the stress of finishing out their senior year while preparing for the future. They may have a hard time bringing up the subject, but will appreciate that you care enough to ask!