End of Senior Year
By the end of your senior year of high school, you should have most of your college plans in place. Most students will have made their choice for schools, been accepted, finalized the financial situation, and they are ready to begin school in the fall. If this is you, congratulations. The hard part is over. However, there are still a few things to do that you might have overlooked.
One of the most important things you can do is show appreciation to all the people who helped you through the college admissions process. For most students, these people will include teachers, counselors, and parents. So take a look back at the last few years. You should be able to think of at least a few people that gave you a significant amount of help.
Next is your guidance counselor. This person probably helped you out the most with the formal stuff, such as admission forms, financial aid applications, and so on. Students’ relationships with their guidance counselors will vary from person to person. Perhaps you were fortunate enough to develop a great relationship with that person. Maybe you went to a very large school and there just wasn’t a way to get that close to him or her. Either way, you should find a way to thank them for their help. In most cases, you can thank them the same way you thanked your teachers. Write them a letter or stop by and show your appreciation.
Finally, there are your parents. Parents are probably the people that help the most and are thanked the least. Take the time to thank them in some way. Take them out to dinner or help out more around the house. You will probably know the best way to show your appreciation.
Thanking these people will not take up too much of your time, and you will be happy that you did so. A little bit of appreciation can go a long way.