Sarah Watts – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – As summer break approaches, upcoming seniors are making their plans to ensure they have a fun and exciting summer. However, the class of 2018 needs to keep in mind that many things need to be done this summer in order to prepare for their final year of high school.

As college applications begin in the fall of senior year, upcoming seniors need to tour and research colleges.

“I have already toured University of Florida, University of Central Florida, and University of South Florida,” said junior Ciarra Scarbough.

“Now that I have a feel for all of these campuses, I want to research programs and majors for each school over the summer.”

Upcoming seniors should be aware of what programs, majors, and minors are offered by the schools they are interested in. Every university has very specific information on their websites concerning degree and admission requirements.

The class of 2018 should also begin researching scholarships that are available. For example, the Bright Futures scholarship requires specific ACT and SAT scores, so upcoming seniors should be aware of these requirements and be working toward them.

Further, upcoming seniors can also prepare for senior year by getting their extracurricular activities and community service hours in order. Senior year will go by quickly, so organization and preparation over the summer can only help the year go smoothly.

“I am finishing up getting my 100 hours for the Bright Futures scholarship this summer,” said junior Emily Weott.

Junior Ashley Bruneman said, “This summer, I am going to start making a list of all of the clubs and organizations I have been involved in throughout high school.

“I want to make sure I remember everything I have been involved in so I don’t forget anything on my college applications.”

Upcoming seniors should also schedule their senior pictures. Senior pictures for the LRHS yearbook can be scheduled via Cady Studios.

Finally, the class of 2018 should remember to enjoy their last school year.

“Start looking into what colleges you want to go to, get your final SAT or ACT scores, and within all of that don’t forget to enjoy your final year at LRHS,” advised 2018 LRHS graduate Savannah Carpenter.

Alumna Stephanie Cisneros also commented, “Over the summer, prepare for senior year but don’t stress about it too much. Be sure to take college tours while you have free time, but also have fun and don’t take any moment for granted.”