- Identify which of your colleges are offering online or in-person interviews this summer and begin scheduling them.
- Book a meeting with your consultant to rehearse key messages about yourself, prepare questions and do a mock interview before the first interview.
- Set a goal to complete the main section of the Common Application, including the personal essay, before school starts. You should plan to complete your personal essay by the end of July unless you made
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- Respond to materials you are getting from your intended college in a timely manner. Take advantage of pre-orientation programs if offered.
- Prepare well for orientation by reviewing your course options and developing a list of questions for your advisor.
- Shore up skills such as time management by determining your planning strategies in college (planner, calendars). Put in place a “toolbox” of stress-busting strategies such as meditation apps for your smart phone,
- Keep your grades up and complete your assignments with effort. The learning you do now will position you for college-level work.
- If you have a learning or physical disability, or health issue, request college accommodations now.
- Be timely in your response to information requests from your prospective college so you get priority for orientation, course choices, housing, and the like.
- Register and prepare for the SAT or the ACT
- Ask two academic junior year teachers
- Plan to visit or revisit colleges (virtually or in person) as you make your final decision about where to matriculate next year.
- Be sure to send your deposit and housing forms by the deadline of May 1 to secure your spot at a college.
- Let your teachers and counselors who wrote recommendations know of your decision and be sure to thank them for their support.
- Keep your grades up and avoid any disciplinary issues—college admissions offers can be rescinded.
- Write thank you notes to the teachers and counselors who wrote recommendations on your behalf, informing them of your college decisions.
- As your college decisions come in, make plans to attend accepted student events or online sessions to help you make a decision on where to matriculate.
- Talk with current students to truly understand the campus culture.
- If you are considering a gap year, begin to submit applications.
- Continue researching the colleges on your
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