Here’s how to not get your college acceptance rejected

It’s easy to “mail it in” during the spring semester of your senior year of high school once you’ve been accepted to the four-year college of your choice. All the work you’ve put it in the previous 3½ years has finally paid off to setup the next four years of your life. Senioritis sets in.

The thing many high school seniors forget, though, is that the same colleges that looked at your accomplishments during the time don’t just stop the second they let you in. They expect you to continue your academic success through your final semester. Now, this doesn’t mean that if you get a B instead of an A average that you’ll automatically have your acceptance rejected (although we can’t confirm that doesn’t happen), but here’s how to not get your college acceptance rescinded.

Don’t stop turning in assignments

“Oh yeah, that book report, I don’t need to do it. Who cares about Shakespeare when I’m already admitted to an Ivy League school? Math test next week? I don’t need to study for that. I’m going to be a history major anyway.”

WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. If anything, that’s the absolute worst thing you can do. Colleges are known to send you warning letters if they find out you’re not performing your best in your final semester.

Keep going to class

Don’t take “sick days” unless you’re absolutely sick. One day here and there probably won’t hurt but what happens if you don’t attend class and you don’t have anyone to take notes for that day in class? You’ll miss out on important material that could make the difference between an A and a B on the next big test.

Stay clear of trouble

This is as simple as it sounds: don’t get suspended, arrested or bring unwanted attention to yourself on social media. Almost anything you do these days can be monitored or recorded with a smartphone. An NFL PR director once told a classroom of social media students that a phone is a weapon. It can be on your side on one second and pitted against you in the next.

Remember, just keep doing what you’ve been doing the past 3½ years and you’ll get to the next step.