Life as Second Semester Seniors

While getting rescinded may seem like a distant reality, the truth is that every year, admissions officers retract acceptance offers or put students on academic probation, including some of our own. As Second Semester Seniors, of course we are all asking ourselves, “How many C’s can I really get without getting rescinded?”
We all need to keep in mind that while grades may seem trivial at the moment, we all need to send final transcripts to colleges and even after committing, admissions officers still have the right to rescind us. Furthermore, financial aid and merit scholarships may be revoked. Though it varies from college to college, three different letters are typically sent out when a college receives less than apt transcripts.
The least severe one involves asking for an explanation for the dip in academic success. The second type is typically a warning of some sort, sometimes delaying the student’s admission. This type of warning may involve requiring the student to attend community college for a certain amount of time to prove his or her academic sustainability and ability to perform as well as he or she did upon admission. And lastly, there’s the dreaded letter of rescission.
In order to have optimal fun but still avoid these less than fun letters, the SSS’s have come up with a few tips.

1. Get some sleep!
According to Medical News Today, studies have shown a correlation between test scores and amount of sleep students receive as well as general disposition.

2. Try to do homework before going out.
Although it seems highly tempting to go tan, play beach volleyball or just vegetate, doing your homework beforehand will avoid the constant worry of that bit of homework left to do. This way, you can spend the rest of the day chilling out and enjoying the SSS lifestyle.

3. Set goals for yourself.
Don’t let loose without keeping in mind the consequences that may follow. Set goals like maintaining at least all B’s or just some restrictions on your Epicurean lifestyle.

4. Be efficient.
“Do things as quickly as you can, but still do them.” – Jack Paladin

5. Make yourself a schedule.
Make sure you are aware of upcoming tests and events so you don’t stress out the night before and cram. Consider making yourself a schedule so you can avoid procrastination and get your work done on time. A little bit a day goes a long way.

6. “D” stands for don’t
Anything below a C- will for sure put you in jeopardy of getting your admission kicked to the side. Just put your head down and hang in there. You can go crazy over the summer once you are safe. You should not get carried away with fantasizing about college. As Buddha once said, “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future. Concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

7. Do not let failure get the best of you.
When the F’s start flowing like beer at a frat party, don’t give up. There are many moments when you think it won’t make a difference forgetting into college, and you can just do better on the next test. Wrong! Stay strong. Miley Cyrus once sang, “The struggles I’m facing, the chances I’m taking, sometimes might knock me down, but no I’m not breaking.” These words will echo in my heart of eternity simply because the message is so pure. When the going gets tough, only the tough gets going. So fight through the Fs and carry on.

8. “Death smiles at us all, all a man can do is smile back.”
Marcus Aurelius. Enough said.

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