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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Making the Most of Summer Vacation: 8 Things Seniors Need to Know

You’re heading into your senior year and you know that there’s a lot to do this fall between school, activities and applying to college. Here are 8 things to know and do now so to help make this fall less stressful and more fun. (If you are a rising freshman, sophomore, or junior, check out 5 Tips for High School Students.)
  1. Visit colleges. Take the tour, attend the info session and ask as many questions as you can. Even if there aren’t tours or info sessions available at your school of choice, visiting the campus and seeing what it looks like, what the surrounding area is like, gives you important information in deciding where you may want to apply.) The more you learn about schools, the easier it is to focus on what will suit you best and to find the right schools to apply to.
  2. Write your resume. Having a solid list of everything you have done in high school (activities, organizations, work experience, community service, etc.) will simplify the application process. If you don’t have work experience, there’s still time to do community service. Consider having your parents review your resume to make sure you have included everything. Sometimes they remember things that you might have forgotten.
  3. Start the Common App. The Common App opens on August 1 and you can start entering your information. Even if you aren’t sure of all the schools where you are going to apply, getting your application together now will make everything simpler later on.
  4. Write your application essay for the Common App. Finishing it before school starts is one important thing off your list and leaves you time to address supplemental questions that some schools will have. If you know where you want to apply, see if there are additional essays you will need to write and do it now.
  5. Register for the SAT/ACT and start prepping. If you haven’t taken the SAT or ACT yet, or are planning to take the test again in the fall, it’s time to register and get prepared. The more prepared you are, the less stressful the test and the more successful you can be. Doing the practice tests really only takes a few hours at a time and helps you identify areas of strength and things that maybe you can review before you take test.
  6. Research private scholarships. There are many scholarships out there, and even small amounts add up quickly. Do your homework, put in a little time and effort and it can make a big difference in available opportunities. (Note: You should never have to pay to apply for a scholarship.)
  7. Be ready for Fall. If you haven’t already, be prepared to ask teachers to write recommendation letters when you get back to school. Check in with your guidance department and make sure you know their policies and procedures for the application process.
  8. Know your deadlines. You will be so much happier if you have everything completed early, but take note of when everything is due, whether for early action, early decision, regular decision, and merit scholarships.


Applying to college this fall and need guidance through the college application process? Call (781-828-1114) or email us (stan@thecollegeplanninggroup.com) for a free consultation.


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