What do you Regret not Doing your Senior year? (Advice to The Juniors)

  1. Don’t Procrastinate Too Much

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Although it may be hard to get everything done on time, try not to put everything off to last minute, especially with college essays. It is easy to underestimate how much time it would take to perfect your common app essay.

 

2. Start writing your college essays early

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Start brainstorming early and keep editing until you are happy with your writing. Even if you think there is nothing else to edit, it is so important to have multiple people read it. Getting your parents and friends to assess the tone and quality of the writing is probably the most helpful; they know you the best so they will know if you sound fake or not.

 

3. Spend More Time Appreciating Singapore

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It is easy to take it for granted that you are living in this country. Take time to explore this small city when you have the time, because you will miss it when you leave for college.

 

4. Skip Classes when you can

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Ok.  This one will be controversial, but it’s more like:  Use your absences effectively.  It is hard to skip a class during your freshmen, sophomore and junior years because you know that means you have to put in more time on catching up on the work you have missed.  When you become a second semester senior and a little slacking is expected, why not use some of your absences as “mental health” and “wellness” days?  Keep count though; 9 absences can be used up very quickly.

 

5. Be more active

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You may have strong bonds with your group of friends but try to make more time to go outside with them or with anyone else. Senior year is the last year of your high school and spending as much time as you can with your friends is such an important thing to do because you won’t be able to see them like you do now in a few months.

 

6. Enjoy

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Don’t think that you have lots of time left to bring your grades up or to spend with the ones you care about. The next thing you know, you will already be graduated and your friends might not be there like they were before. Look back to the three years of high school and think about how fast it went by. You have one more year left, and it will go by in a blink of an eye. Try everything so that you’ll have few regrets when you leave this country.

Author: Ashley Hyun

Ashley Hyun is a second year reporter for The Eye. She is a senior and it is her 7th year at SAS. Ashley was born in Korea but has lived in Singapore for 11 years. Her hobbies include listening to music, hanging out with friends and watching movies. She can be contacted at hyun35537@sas.edu.sg.

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