How to Plan Your Senior Year

From A Class of 2019 Senior to the Class of 2020


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Bailey Spencer, Assistant Editor of Copy

Dear Class of 2020:

Congratulations! You have somehow found a kernel of determination in yourself to make it to this point. This is your last year, and I wish you the most joy and happiness and love and peace and courage. To make your year easier and go more smooth, here are some key points to focus on:

Senior Yearbook Picture and When to Take Them

Whereas the rest of the student body takes their yearbook pictures during school, seniors must go over the summer to Prestige Portraits. It is important that you pay attention to your mailbox because you will receive a date and time in which to go in. If you have already missed this opportunity, see Mrs. Morrow immediately to get it taken care of. 


Submit your FAFSA as soon as you can! Senior year is the easiest to get loaded with to-do lists, and completing the form online only takes an hour! Be sure to have your parent look over it with you and have their financial information available. A majority of colleges award grants and aids on a first-come, first-served basis, so a good rule of thumb is to submit by December 1.

College Applications

Coming from a 2019 stressed-out senior, do not procrastinate. Do not spend your summer as a couch potato. You are probably thinking that you will coast through your summer and then start the rigorous process of figuring your life out, but plans always change. Dedicate your summer to narrowing down your interests, and write out things you wish to have in college. This will make your search process less overwhelming. Apply to as many colleges and scholarships as you can, even if the award only amounts to $500. Money adds up.

Cap and Gown

During your senior year, you are going to spend a lot of money. On making last and memorable moments with your friends, on senior announcements, prom, college applications, et cetera, et cetera. The list goes on and on, so if you have a relative who graduated from Lindale, use their cap and gown if you can! You just have to get it approved with Mrs. Ramsey because as time goes on, there are tiny details changed.  

Buy a Yearbook!

It is highly recommended that every senior buys a yearbook. Whether you are still living at home or living hundreds of miles away after graduation, it is small book that can satisfy your nostalgia. The yearbook department works really hard all year to make the yearbook special and stocked with memories. It is something that can be treasured for years to come and something that your kids will someday marvel at- a younger you. Ordering early saves money, so go to today!

Senior Announcements

And last, but not least, make senior announcements. Go all out with your wardrobe, pose in a field for an hour and arrange the photos in one neat card. Not only will your grandparents cry over it, but it is a great way to obtain money for college and/or any other possible after-graduation plans. The transition from dependent life to independence is rough and definitely an experience, so send as many as you can.


A 2019 Senior Who Survived