What is the next thing after senior year?

Did I hear you say College?

Your response is as good as mine.

Each year, thousands of high school seniors seek admission into colleges, and while some make it into the college of their choice, others settle for less or don’t even make the cut at all.

Gaining admission into college is like going mountain climbing. You have to be fully prepared and senior year is the most crucial time to achieve that. So if you’re not too sure of what you should be doing or the decisions you need to be making, this blog post is for you.

Junior and Senior year is extremely busy with school work and other activities to cope with while you have to keep track of a whole lot of things, so here are things you should be doing to achieve your goal of making it into the college of your choice.

Focus & Work harder:

Being one of the busiest years you would experience, there might be times when you feel like taking a day or two off from school because you feel tired or overwhelmed. Never lose the motivation to work hard in your classes and extracurricular activities and develop an apathetic attitude towards school in general. Doing this may cause your grades to drop or reduce your scholarship eligiblity. Aside from keeping track of your grades and performing optimally in extracurricular activities, you also need to study hard and smart for the tests and exams that would come your way as your senior year goes by.

Have a list:

As a student, there might be a couple of schools that you admire and would love to attend. The best thing to do is to come up with a list of colleges you would like to be admitted into. This will help you to eventually make the best choice as time goes on.

Open a Common Application, Coalition App, or a Black Common App Account:

Since most schools make use of these applications, it is advisable to open an account or pay professionals such as US College Experts to guide you through the whole college admission process. This will enable you to familiarize yourself with what is required, sketch out an application timeline and start thinking about your essays.

Standardize your tests:

Since ACT usually begin in the month of September and SAT in the month of October, November and December of every year, you can go online to confirm testing dates and register for it. Taking SAT Subject exams, especially subjects you excel in is also a good idea. Doing this early will give you the chance to retake the test again for a higher score if you are not happy with your first score.

Campus visits:

In order to easily narrow down your list of preferred schools and to make an informed decision on the best school for you, visit the schools you have initially enlisted. Summer is the most suitable time to visit some of the campuses on your list before getting too busy with homework and extracurricular activities.

Interact with your Guidance Counselor/Hired College Expert:

To get a valuable perspective about the schools on your list and help to outline a genuine application process, you need the help of your counselor or college expert. Your counselor can also help you stay on track with admissions requirements for graduation making sure transcripts, score reports, and letters are verified and promptly sent to the colleges you want them sent to.

Request for recommendation letter:

Having taken classes with a large number of teachers, you may have developed a good relationship with some teachers. This makes it easier for you to ask teachers who know you well to attest to your qualities and skills. It is much easier to request for a letter of recommendation from about 3 of such teachers even though most colleges may only ask for 1 or 2 recommendation letters.

Once you’ve decided who to ask for a recommendation letter, you need to ask them as soon as possible so that they can have plenty of time to create a quality letter of recommendation.

Complete College Application:

One of the highlights of your senior year is to complete your college application successfully. Many colleges offer early application deadlines as early as November 1st. Therefore it is critical to utilize the downtime you have during the summer prior to your senior year to get the bulk of your application requirements completed.

To ensure the successful completion of your application, have your parents, teachers and other experienced individuals to proof-read your essay giving room for constructive criticism. Also make sure that all the necessary materials, including test scores, recommendations, transcripts, and application essays are ready. Completing your college application as early as possible will help you avoid having to rush to meet deadlines.

Complete Financial Aid & Scholarship Applications:

The downtime after college applications have been sent is a great time to focus on financial aid. While applying for scholarships and financial aids, it is best to start applying for scholarships whose deadlines are approaching while you continue to search for more scholarship and grant opportunities. Be sure to review the individual college’s admissions website to understand their application requirements and deadlines for scholarships and financial aid.  Before sure to compare your financial aid offers before making an admissions decision.

Check mails for notifications:

Check your email and regular mail daily for any updates after all applications have been submitted to know the next step to take.

Make a final decision:

Once you have made a decision, notify all schools of your intent by due dates to give room for applicants on the waiting list should in case you decide to turn down the offer. If you find it difficult to decide on which offer to accept, start by making one more campus visit to the schools you’re considering and also weigh the college acceptance of the colleges as well as compare their financial aid offerings. When you eventually make your decision, send your deposit to your chosen school and ask your guidance counselor to send your final transcript to the college before deadline date.

Complete your enrollment paperwork for the college:

Once you accept an offer, you should receive information from the college about course scheduling, orientation sessions, housing arrangements, and other necessary forms. Ensure that all required paperwork has been submitted.

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