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By: Ivelka Farro
One extra curriculum activity I would like to take place in is Cheerleading & Dance because throughout my high school years I participated and enjoyed these activities.
Fall Junior Year:Research the schools you’re interested and start to aggregate the information you need for decision-making.
Check the test dates for the SAT/ACT and register for a spring test date.
Start thinking about how you will pay for college – you may want to start exploring scholarship opportunities.
Now is the time to really hit the books and show a strong junior year of academics. This is also when you want to start studying for the SAT test – early preparation is key!
Spring Junior Year:
You’ve been studying for the SAT at a nice pace since the Fall. Now is the time to make an official score of it!
Add some achievement tests to your record. If you’ve been taking Advanced Placement classes, be sure you take the associated tests.
Start to consolidate your college picks to reasonable number – a top ten list. Start scheduling visits to the colleges you have chosen.
Start looking for a summer job!
Ask your teachers for recommendations. Make this as painless as possible for them by giving them plenty of time, perhaps over the summer, or securing your recommendations before other students – i.e. over Christmas break.
1. Summer is for college applications! These can take a considerable amount of time given all the places to be and people to see during the break. Note: keep copies of all applications sent.
Fall Senior Year:
Keep in contact with your high school guidance office to make sure transcripts and other necessary paperwork is sent to your university picks.
If you were unhappy with your first SAT score, this is the time to take your test! You will need to have your final test taken a minimum of 8 weeks before you submit your score to colleges.
Finally – mail your applications! The wait begins.
Winter Senior Year:
In December the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available at your guidance office. You also can download and submit it electronically. To apply for Federal Aid you will need to gather copies of your family’s recent tax forms and bank statements. You will also need your driver’s license and any W-2 forms.
Mail out your FAFSA early! The latest date it will be accepted is in June.
In four weeks your Student Aid Report will arrive. This will outline your financial aid package and it will need to be signed and returned.
Spring Senior Year:
Check the mail! College acceptance letters should be arriving. Acceptance letters will also include your financial aid information so look at it carefully.
Accept an offer! Congratulations. You are about to enter what is arguable one of the most important chapters in your life. Enjoy it.