These things must be done before graduation

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Sydney Hoose, Staff Writer

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If you’re a senior and are planning on graduating, there are quite a few things that need to be done in order to be prepared to graduate. These things are extremely important for the wrapping up of your high school experience. Hopefully, you’ve already gotten these tasks completed.

To graduate, seniors must complete the exit surveys that your teachers or counselors email to you. This will allow counselors to gather information about what you will be doing after high school. These surveys are mandatory and won’t take more than 10 minutes to complete.

If you are planning to graduate or go to college, another important task to complete is to make sure that your grades are solid. If you are failing your classes, step up your game. If you are struggling, reach out for help. You have until tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. to hand in all assignments.

“What I would tell a senior if they came in to see about how to finish high school and what to do after, the first question would be have they talked to their teachers. Have you made contact with them about work you can hand in, tests you can redo, anything that you can do to bring your grade up in that class to passing? If you can’t do that, the second step would be talking to Ms.Rigsby, our graduation coach, and your counselor in order for us to get together a plan so that we have things in place as far as credit recovery,” Heidi Graver, school counselor, said.

Another important thing that seniors need to think about, if they are going to college, is scholarships. There are many options out there for people who are in need of money to pay for college. If you haven’t completed the FAFSA application, it is essential to do so as soon as possible.

“On our counseling website, mycentennialcounseling.com, there’s a little star icon that has scholarship eligibility things on it. There is also an app called Scholly that is free to download that you can do searches for scholarships,” Graver said. “Scholarships are eligible for your entire senior year from the very beginning in August all the through the end in June and sometimes into the summer depending on the college and the scholarship. There is money for everybody, it doesn’t have to be needs based or family based, it can be based off of your college, based off of something you’ve done, or written, anything like that,” she added.

Maintaining high grades will get you noticed by colleges and you will be offered more scholarships. However, one important thing to remember is that there is a difference between scholarships and loans. Scholarships or grants do not have to be paid back, but loans do. Loans also charge interest, so it can be an extremely lengthy and difficult process to pay them back.