HOLIDAY CONVERSATIONS WITH SENIORS
Inevitably, it’s going to happen. Someone at a holiday gathering is going to ask a high school senior, “Where are you going to college?” Or “Where have you applied?,” “What’s your ACT score?,” or, maybe even, “Did you hear that Susie got into Harvard?” Most seniors are dreading any question along these lines. It’s because many are still pushing to get applications submitted by January 1. They’re worried they won’t be accepted anywhere. They feel like asking for their ACT score is similar to asking about someone’s weight or age. And at this point, they don’t really care about Susie’s plans!
Sure, friends and family are well-intentioned. Most are just trying to make conversation. However, to a high school senior in the midst of the college admissions process, these questions can be down-right annoying. Instead of asking about next year, stick to the current year. Most high school seniors are thrilled to talk about what’s going on this year! Ask about sports, clubs, community service projects, and hobbies.
In my role as a college admissions consultant, I can see the tension building as seniors go into the holidays. Some students are done applying. Some students have been accepted and are ready to put down a deposit for next fall. However, many students are still processing the last of their applications. Truly, no two students are alike. And my approach to college admissions reflects that. I am definitely here to help you manage all of the process – and hopefully reduce your stress level! And those are just a couple of the reasons why I am committed to sharing with you each week through my newsletter. Here you’ll find the latest news from colleges, a resource you may have missed, and a glimpse at what I’m doing at SCOUT to help students find and fund their ideal college experiences. Thanks for joining me!
Most seniors are focused on January deadlines, but there is another option: Rolling Admissions. This is the process some colleges use to evaluate applications as they are received. In this case, these colleges usually continue to evaluate applications until the incoming class is filled. It offers more flexibility for students, and can be a great option for students who still haven’t decided. US News & World Report even publishes a list of the Top 13 National Universities with Rolling Admissions. Find the list HERE.
A RESOURCE YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
The upcoming break is the perfect time to catch-up on visiting colleges – virtually! Throughout the pandemic, most colleges have created virtual tours. These are easy to find on your favorite colleges’ websites. In addition, you can also find recordings from a variety of college fairs, like the Fall Virtual College Fair hosted by Great Plains Association for College Admissions Consulting (GPACAC). Find the 70+ featured college programs HERE.
FRESHMEN & SOPHOMORES: Need some help navigating the high school journey? I’m here to help you build academic, personal development, and extracurricular strategies in an effort to achieve college and life goals. Plus, this is the perfect time to identify scholarships, internships, and summer programs. My goal is to help you plan for a variety of aspects so that you are positioned to make the most of high school opportunities and then poised to find and fund your ideal college experience. If you want to learn more, use the button below to set-up a no-cost / no-obligation call with me.
JUNIORS: Wondering how to best prepare for the college admissions process? Now is actually the perfect time to start making some key decisions about your college future. I would love to help you focus on the things that matter. Let’s ensure that you take advantage of the opportunities that will enable you to shine next fall. Use the button below to connect with me and let’s make a plan together!
SENIORS: Need help reaching the finish line with your college applications? Give me a call! My goal is to help you find and fund the ideal college experience! There’s no time like the present. Just click the button below to connect with me and let’s get started today!
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