Now that your son or daughter has been accepted to WSU, there still is a lot for both of you to think about this coming year. It’s important to strike a balance between senior year activities and staying on track to prepare for college. There are dates and deadlines to meet, activities nearly every night of the week, and so many tasks to be done. How can you help your student make the most of their senior year?

Ask
Sometimes just knowing there’s someone you can call for information can help relieve some of the anxiety that we as parents face. This is an exciting time, but it also can be worrisome. You can call our office toll-free at 888-GO-TO-WSU (888-468-6978) or e-mail us at admissions@wsu.edu. The WSU admissions staff are ready to help however we can.

Sleep, eat, exercise
Good habits that are established now can carry over into college. Students who take good care of themselves and make healthy choices are better able to balance the challenges they will face in the college environment.

Stay academically minded
The benefits of maintaining a solid curriculum throughout the senior year are twofold. First and foremost, it helps build an academic foundation and maintain positive momentum. It’s tempting for students to ease up on classes, but taking too light a load can result in not being as well prepared as they can be for the rigors of college classes.

Second, the offer of admission for student is contingent upon successfully completing the required academic core courses while maintaining a solid academic performance during the senior year. As is the case with most universities, WSU reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission if there is a significant drop in academic performance during the senior year. If your student anticipates any difficulty in meeting these expectations, please contact our office immediately so we can help them to meet the expectations as well as to determine how it may impact his or her admission status.

Taking meaningful courses and continuing to do well academically during the senior year are two very strong predictors of success in college. And at the end of the day, that’s what really matters.