Everyone, whether it be a freshman, sophomore, or junior all have expectations of what they believe their senior year will be like. I know this because I was in the shoes of each freshman, sophomore, and junior. When you are on the outside looking in, senior year looks like a ton of fun. Why wouldn't it? After all, you're getting ready to graduate, you're done with this HUGE standardized test, and you're getting ready to move out the house to be on your own and go to college. People do not often talk about the bad side of being a senior.
I feel that the biggest misconception is that senior year is a breeze. Now, senior year is not necessarily hard but it is still school. In my personal case I am taking IB/AP classes which is a lot of essays to write while still balancing regular classwork, work, college business and a personal life. For some people, their senior year just may be a breeze but one thing that will hit you senior year is the FINANCES.
Senior year is so expensive and college is even more expensive! The financial part of college doesn't really hit you until this year and you may even figure out your "dream school" doesn't necessarily fit in with your wants, needs, or finances. Many scholarships can be done regardless of what grade you are in. The sooner you get started the better.
Senior year doesn't completely suck it's just all about balancing and learning to manage your time well which will be a crucial skill needed to be successful in college and in life. The fun doesn't really start until the end of the year. Prom, graduation, pep rally's, open houses, and getting out of school early all occurs towards the end of your senior year so please cure your senioritis or get a vaccine because you need to hit the ground running your senior year. Fill out your college apps over the summer, get your letters of recommendation at the end of your junior year along with copies of your transcript, fill out every scholarship that you can because who doesn't love free money? GO GET A PLANNER and stay on your ish. Work hard and play at the end! Your time will come and you will thank yourself for making your workload lighter. If you are currently are a senior or have already graduated, you can understand where I'm coming from. You only get one senior year in high school (if you're lucky LOL) so do it right so you can enjoy it!