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,
Write thank you letters to the teachers, counselor, and others who wrote recommendations on your behalf. They spend a great deal of time writing your recommendation so showing your appreciation is essential.
Plan to submit all your applications prior to the December vacation so you can enjoy some well-deserved time off. This means you should be working on your supplemental essays this month.
Continue to schedule and prepare for virtual or campus interviews (if offered,
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For the second year in a row, the Common Application includes a prompt on the impact of Covid-19: Community disruptions such as COVID-19 and natural disasters can have deep and long-lasting impacts. If you need it, this space is yours to describe those impacts. Colleges care about the effects on your health and well-being, safety, family circumstances, future plans, and education, including access to reliable technology and quiet study spaces.Do you wish to share anything…
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
When teachers receive a student’s request for a college recommendation, they first consider some questions. What are this student’s strengths? Can I give specific examples of how the student demonstrated these strengths? How did this student do in my class in terms of grades and effort? What might this student contribute to their college or program of interest?
As you might gather from these questions, writing letters of recommendation can be a complex task. If you …
Keep us informed of your admissions decisions. If you were deferred, update the college on your continued interest and new information such as test scores, leadership activities, or academic accomplishments. This video explains what to include in a letter of continued interest.
Avoid senioritis by keeping your grades up and avoiding disciplinary issues.
As you research colleges, be sure to complete the virtual information sessions and tours, and look