Juniors Get Ready for the College Admissions Process

Juniors, are you ready?

With all this talk of seniors and the somewhat foggy state of mind that results from finally emerging from the lengthy, mysterious tunnel of the college admissions process, it’s easy to forget that there is a whole class of students (juniors that is) preparing to enter that long passageway. As this admissions season ebbs away, it is time to turn our attention to this next important group to walk the path.

While daunting, there are many steps you can take to make your upcoming journey relatively pain-free and fruitful, and many require only some simple planning ahead. While it may be tempting to put it all out of your mind till the fall, that would definitely be against your benefit.

By now, you’ve probably been studying for your SATs for some time. Keep this your priority since it will be an important factor in determining your college list. Here are some additional tips, offered by the College Board, to make sure you’re headed in the right direction:

  • Start to visit colleges choosing a variety of different types and sizes. You can begin with the schools in your area, and don’t worry about narrowing down your list until later.
  • While the SAT and SAT IIs are of primary importance, don’t overlook AP Exams which also require preparation.
  • Start meeting with your college counselor and thinking about what courses you want to take your senior year. Make sure to challenge yourself as much as possible.
  • Plan your summer, and make it as interesting as possible. A well chosen community service project or an internship in a field that you’re passionate about may be just what you need to round out your resume, and can become the seed for an amazing college essay.

The key is to start planning early and pace yourself. This will definitely help keep you from feeling overwhelmed when fall rolls around.

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