Friendly Reminders for Senior Year

Posted on September 4, 2009. Filed under: admissions advice, college admissions, College Advice, college applications, college counseling, college essays, college news, college prep, education | Tags: , , , , , , , |

–       Leave plenty of time to fill out your college applications. A well thought out application requires patience and time. You’ll need to get some of your information together (transcripts, recommendation forms, rough draft essays, activity resume) before you actually fill out the application

–       Get someone to proofread your essays and double check the entire application before submitting it.  Rushing at deadline time could make you forget important pieces that could delay or affect the admissions decision

–       Give the teachers and school counselor lots of time to work on your recommendations.  This takes considerable time and often they are not paid extra money to do this. If your senior class is large, they have many recommendations to complete and you want to beat the crowd. You want them to write thoughtful recommendations and this can’t be rushed.

–       Continue to take challenging courses. Colleges will want to know that you have challenged yourself and have taken the most challenging curriculum your high school provides. Many colleges request mid year reports and you will need to write in your senior courses on the applications. Continuing to max out on some tough courses will show you are prepared to handle the rigor of college work.

–       Make sure your essays are in your voice and develop your unique writing style. You can request feedback and have others proofread, but your ideas and expression need to be your own. Admission officers know whether a teenager or adult is writing. Plus, they have writing scores on the SAT and other standardized tests to see how you write on your own. The skills on these tests and what you present on your applications need to match up.

–       Senior year is not over academically once you have been admitted to college.  The college where you will be attending will request your final academic transcript. If your grades drop significantly without explanation, the college has the right to rescind their admission decision.

–       Treat this application season like another class without a grade. Set aside time daily to work on your college application material.  Reach out and ask questions of counselors, parents and friends if you need guidance.


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I don’t know If I said it already but …Great site…keep up the good work. 🙂 I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, 🙂

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