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The Class of 2019 has a few more days until graduation, and the graduates couldn’t be happier.

Despite the excitement, the last four years have taken a lot of work in a variety of ways.

Tasks have included doing well academically, taking placement tests, and obtaining a driver's license.

For the Class of 2020, the seniors can remind them that they’re closer to finishing high school, but they have a lot more work ahead of them.

The things needing to get done during their senior year can pile up, so it’s good to get ahead. Before starting senior year, here are a few ideas of things to do:

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  • Obtain a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) ID
  • Create a Common Application account and work on admission essays
  • Visit colleges and universities to create or finalize college options
  • Retake standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT
  • Volunteer for a good cause or get a job
  • Organize for new school year and college applications

One of the most important things to do before senior year is to have fun, responsibly of course.

Another key point is when students file the FAFSA earlier, it’s easier to receive federal aid. The Common Application has a lot of helpful information along with the College Board. To fill in the FAFSA on time, it’s useful to find legal documents such as tax forms. The CHS guidance counselors will be able to help answer many questions, as well.

There may be many things to do before senior year, but the preparation will pay off in several ways.

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