End-of-Year 2018: Class of 2018
Now that the school year is in the rearview mirror, it is time to take a breath, reflect on the events and accomplishments of the year, and begin to think about summer and next year.
Seniors | Class of 2018
Congratulations on making your college selections! We are proud of the way you have gone about this process. You will be attending nearly 80 different colleges in 25 states and internationally. We look forward to hearing from you and your experiences!
Around this time you will receive notices from your attending college requesting that we send your final transcript. We will send your final transcript electronically when grades are finalized, by the end of June.
Leaving home can be difficult. You have built friendships and connections this year and, for some, for 14 or 15 years. People know you and care about you. You know your way around. You carry memories that will last your lifetime. You have a faculty and staff that will miss you dearly. And, speaking as a lower school parent, you have a first grade buddy whom you have impacted more than you know who will be overjoyed to hear from you (so will their parents!)
Next fall, you will be in a new and exciting place. Yet it will be different. People won’t know you. You may even need a map to get around. Everything is new. It can be both exhilarating and overwhelming. However, you possess the foundation and skills to thrive.
- Be sure to connect with all parts of your new community. Pursue those activities and opportunities that you know you will enjoy and some that are new. They will not only add to your college experience but will expand your network and friend group immensely.
- Happiness in college is strongly rooted in the friends you make. Be open to everyone. Drop the cell phone. Get to know those around you. It may feel like camp for the first months, so take this opportunity to put yourself out there!
- The best first step to successful and engaging college experience is to get off to a good start. Get to know your professors by getting in to see them during office hours, form study groups, and go to departmental speakers.
- Remember who you are but be open to new ideas. For the next four years, you can focus on yourself and your learning before entering “the real world.” Stretch yourself.
- Lastly, remember that October and November can be long months. The weather begins to take a turn. The days become shorter. The nights longer. Things turn gray and/or brown. Classes can become overwhelming. The newness of college dims and friendships can strain. It is during this time when your happiness and success in college hinges more on you than the place. You realize that it is up to you to make the experience what it is and what it will be. This is when you take ownership. It can be difficult, but if you make the efforts early (as suggested above), you will find yourself firmly rooted and poised for success.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. And, please, keep us posted!