Senior year is a BUSY one and it will fly by. Taking advantage of the summer break to get started on things can help ease a lot of potential stress that might come later when you're completing applications and attending classes at the same time. Getting a jump start allows you to focus on one thing at a time and do your best work.
Finalize your college list & Start Submitting
It's finally time to apply! This means you'll need to create a final college list that includes a range of schools that might be right for you. You can make an appointment to visit the college office for support and feedback as you select your options and for recommendations and assistance with completing your applications.
Take the SAT or ACT a second time
You took the test once already but now it's time to sit down and give it another shot. Studies show that students tend to do better on their second go around, you're a little further along with your education and you're already familiar with the test. Take advantage of the opportunity to try again and see if you can improve your scores.
Complete your college essay
The college essay is your opportunity to introduce yourself to a school and highlight what you think is most important. This is an opportunity to allow a school to get to know you a little and make note of the kinds of things they might not be able to learn about from the rest of your application. ***P.S.- always complete the short answer questions a school may ask you, even though they may be optional.***
Complete financial aid paperwork
Paying for college is often one of the biggest worries that comes up in this process. Use the financial aid documents you turned in during your junior year to complete your financial aid paperwork early. This puts you first in line for any institutional aid that individual colleges might have to give away and helps to ensure that you'll receive your financial aid package in a timely manner so that you can review and compare costs amongst all of your college options.
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