By Sophia Fakhouri
After being in high school for four years, I am positive the majority of seniors are eager to leave and begin their new chapter of life and adulthood, especially once they know where they are attending college/vocational school. Senior year is incredibly important in the sense that you are preparing to enter adulthood. There are many deadlines to be aware of, resources to take advantage of, and activities to participate in. Hence, I compiled a list of things to do after you have chosen your future school and before you graduate:
First, invest in a planner so you can mark the numerous important deadlines and stay organized!
Make FAFSA a priority! Even if you do not think you will get any financial aid, based off of your family’s income, FAFSA is how you can access direct federal loans, which have less interest than bank loans, and work study, where you can work on campus to pay for college.
Become familiar with the school you have committed to, especially if it is nearby, take advantage of that and explore the campus.
Get in touch with current students that are attending your future college. It is helpful when you establish connections early on.
Apply for as many scholarships as you can! Although you can apply to nation wide scholarships, try focusing on local scholarships specific to Santee, San Diego, Grossmont District, etc., you will have a better chance of receiving it. Also avidly check the WHHS scholarship page where there are a myriad of scholarships you can apply for.
Lastly, enjoy your last year here at West Hills and spend time with your friends, while you can, before some have to depart for college, and embrace the light highschool workload before you have to take on the heavy college work.