Do's and Don'ts for High School Seniors

You’re finally a high school senior! While it’s important to have fun and enjoy yourself during your final year before college, it’s also essential to make sure you’re properly preparing for the years ahead. Check out this list of do’s and don’ts from Embry-Riddle faculty to help guide you through the year.

A high school Senior prepares for college at home on her laptop


“Get good grades even when senioritis sets in. When I took calculus in high school, a number of my friends had to re-take the course in college due to senioritis.” – Dr. Kaela Martin


“If you are taking any AP courses, make sure to complete the exams for transferability into college; also submit transcripts for any dual-enrollment courses you have taken in high school.” – Dr. Hillary Eaton


“Come prepared to work, engage and share ideas.” – Dr. John Longshore


“Spend time with your family and friends. In college, you’ll meet an entire new set of friends and maybe be further away from your family. Enjoy this last year with them, but also know that you’ll be making new friends in college.” – Dr. Kaela Martin


“Don't be afraid to go out-of-state for school. Travelling and living in different places, even within the U.S., can help you become more adaptable and open your mind to different people and cultures.” – Dr. Hillary Eaton


“Don't panic if you don't know what you want to do with your life yet! Taking courses in college will help you figure out what your interests truly are and where your skills are strongest.” – Dr. Hillary Eaton

Dr. Kaela Martin is an Associate Professor in the Aerospace Engineering Department at the Prescott Campus.
Dr. Kaela Martin

In addition to serving in the Aerospace Engineering Department where she teaches and conducts research in the area of astrodynamics and engineering education, Dr. Martin has spent time as a visiting researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory supporting efforts to establish human operations on Mars. Her courses range from Introduction to Engineering and Space Mechanics to Spacecraft Preliminary Design and Space Systems Engineering.

Dr. John Longshore is an Associate Professor of Management within the David B. O’Malley College of Business at the Daytona Beach Campus.
Dr. John Longshore

After an illustrious career as a Marine, Dr. Longshore spent two decades in the private sector with organizations such as Sikorsky, Northrop Grumman and Booz-Allen and Hamilton. He now teaches within the David B. O’Maley College of Business, with course offerings including Professional Consulting, Navigating Federal Procurement, Project Management in Aviation Operations and more.

Dr. Hillary Eaton is an Associate Professor and program Chair of 	Forensic Biology at the Prescott Campus.
Dr. Hillary Eaton

Dr. Eaton is the Program Chair of Forensic Biology. She has enjoyed a career as a research microbiologist in both academia and government agencies. Her research interests are in environmental, microbial and wildlife forensics. Dr. Eaton teaches courses such as Forensic DNA Analysis, Microbiology and Molecular and Cell Biology.