Senior Year: What I’ve Learned So Far…


Get your stationery ready; senior year consists of loooong to-do lists!

Senior year. Sigh. It’s tough! No one even tells you how hard it is – hence why I’ve learned a few things that I wanted to share with you guys. Key word here is learned. I’ve learned the following things but I haven’t found solutions to fix them or suggestions on how to improve them yet. And if I do, look out for a post on that!

Your grades still matter / Some people have this notion that senior year grades don’t matter at all. However, some colleges request that you send your grades in from the first semester of school, which means you have to be on your A-game! If colleges see you working hard, then that might be more incentive for them to admit you. 

You need to stay motivated / This kind of goes along with my first point, but seriously, stay motivated! Reward yourself – do whatever it takes to continually put in 100% effort into all of your classes.

People will let you down / On Twitter, every so often I see people retweet the same tweet that says, “Senior Year: The year you meet people you wish you had met before.” I can’t say that this is true for me – I wish it was! Granted, senior year is only ¼ of the way over so maybe I’ll still meet some new people. Regardless, the point I wanted to make here was that friendships can drastically change and nothing is set in stone. Sometimes your expectations of people will have to shift – but that’s just life!

Writing supplements takes a lot of time / Applying to college is a ton of work! And in the end I know it will be totally worth it, but as for now, it’s frustrating having to balance homework, extracurriculars, and writing college applications. Most of the schools I’m applying to have supplements, which are extra essays in addition to the main essay for the Common App. Some of these essays are (dare I say) fun to write – but regardless of whether or not it is enjoyable, crafting an essay you are 100% happy with can take awhile.

Things won’t go as planned (but that’s okay!) / I thought I would finish all my standardized tests by June, and I was on track to do so. But over the summer I decided to give the ACT one last go and it turned out to be a really beneficial decision. Sometimes the spur of the moment things can work out better than anything you ever would’ve planned!

Any other seniors out there? Or people who are past their senior year? Let me know what you think of these things and if you have any advice, I’d love to hear it!

xoxo, Jamie

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6 Responses to Senior Year: What I’ve Learned So Far…

  1. Mary says:

    I’m a senior in college graduating in December and I definitely see some correlation! Grades still matter, especially if you plan on going on to grad school. Staying motivated is still very important. With about 40 days of senior year, my senioritis has gone crazy! The let downs, the paper work for grad school or even job searching, and the uncertainty of life are also relatable. So basically, this seems to be all a part of life. I think that as high school seniors, we get the first taste of it. Keep on keepin’ on, Jamie! Good luck with senior year! :)

    • The Fashion Newcomer says:

      Thanks for the comment & encouragement Mary!! Good luck with your senior year too – I’m sure keeping up with it is definitely difficult, especially in the job-searching/grad school area. Keep me updated!

  2. Carrie says:

    These are all such great tips that I will keep in mind! Keep going girl because, as you said, it will all be worth it in the end!


  3. Marissa says:

    What a great list! You’re finally hitting the home stretch; college is just around the corner! Keep up the awesome work :)


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