LRHS seniors are preparing for their futures after high school. Some plan to head into careers while others hope to continue their educations.  Mikaela Campbell plans to attend Florida State University and was surprised by the amout of unexpected planning it takes to prepare.

Mikaela Campbell– Mustangs Ahead

Reflections icon (2)(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Being a senior in high school can be many things – tough, exciting, stressful, and also rewarding. My first couple months of senior year have consisted of a constant “To-Do” list that never seems to end.

The most stressful thing about being a senior is obviously getting ready for college. I recommend starting your college tours junior year as well as taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and American College Testing (ACT) exams. Your first score might not be what you want, so you can study subjects you were weak in. And if you start your college tours early, you know which ones to cross out and which ones may be an option.

Once senior year starts you have a lot on your plate so demands can pile up. By starting tests and tours your junior year, you are able to get a head start that can be very beneficial.

Once you know what colleges you’re interested in, the application process starts. It took me around two-and-a-half hours to complete my application for just one college. You also need teachers and counselors to fill out recommendations and other information on your applications, so make sure you give them enough time and don’t wait until the last minute.

After you get accepted and know where you’re going, details become major.

The next step in going to college is deciding where you’re going to live, who you’re going to room with, and your financial plan. All of these are different for everyone and take time to figure out.

These are some of the major tasks to get done senior year and each one is a step in the right direction. Just make sure you stay on top of things and turn things in when you are supposed to, then senior year will not be so bad.

My favorite thing about senior year so far has been looking forward and planning my future. After touring Florida State University, I’m very excited to be going to Tallahassee in the fall. I recently signed a lease for my apartment, and I will be visiting the town again to look for a job. Although this was exhausting, it’s reassuring to have a plan.

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