With the third trimester started and only three months to go until the school year ends, the class of 2023 will soon be leaving to achieve great things or pursue a further education somewhere else. The junior class will be moving up to their final year at BHS in the fall of this year, and the question of what is in store for the senior year arises. The transition between grades can be confusing at times, along with hasty preparation for graduation. Counselors of the school were interviewed with a few questions about what will entail for the seniors in the upcoming year.
The main concerns of the questions concerned the topic of what a student has to do to graduate from high school and general things such as grades and classes. College advisor Lexi Tucker explains that colleges require a seventh semester transcript, also known as a tenth trimester transcript, that displays the grades a student has received in every class they have taken. This could affect if the colleges accept a student or not, some taking back their offers upon seeing failed classes. For missing high school graduation credit, Devyn Hinson (Office Counselor) responds “You can make up for missing credit over the summer and conversations about it and the right route to take ASAP. The earlier you are in getting it taken care of the better you can enjoy your senior year with minimal stress.” Tying up loose threads is something a high schooler might need to consider when approaching their senior year.
The second half of the interview was dedicated to life after graduation. Jared Smith (Office Counselor) recommends that the students try to seek out classes that they need beforehand. “Critically consider what you still need to learn and where can I find it?” College counselors have many connections to programs and academics that precede after graduation, meeting with juniors at least once and seniors twice. A question was asked of what if the student was unsure of what to do after high school. “Part of what we do is that we can sit down and talk about different interests that they have that might relate to a different job. We have different programs online, as well as surveys that can link you up with jobs based on your interests.” replies Mrs. Tucker. Others in the interview agreed uncertainty of the next steps is completely valid. Talking with an assigned counselor can be productive brainstorming.
In any way the case may be or presented, senior year is the end of an era and the beginning of a new time with many possibilities and opportunities to take advantage of. The end of high school should be a year to celebrate and have fun. Special thanks to the counselors for the work they do and the support they offer to every student, as well as giving consent to do the interview. May the next graduating class enjoy their final year to the fullest.
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