Checklist for Juniors

As the end of the school year approaches, juniors are beginning to wonder what they can do to prepare for the college admissions process ahead. Kristen Learner, the director of college counseling at The Benjamin School in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and Jeffrey Wong, a college counselor at the school, offer some advise on what to focus on during the summer months.

  • Make sure you have a challenging group of classes for senior year. Colleges want to see that you're pushing yourself, and taking harder classes each year.
  • Seek out teacher recommendations now, and pay attention to how a teacher responds to your request. If he or she sounds less than enthusiastic, you may want to consider a different teacher.
  • Choose your summer plans carefully. Colleges want to see that you're doing something you love and developing your interests.
  • Decide which standardized tests you will be taking
  • Start your Common App main essay. College Essay Organizer already has it updated, and we'll be on top of all the supplements as well. Many students are worried about missing an essay question due to the new CA4 format, but College Essay Organizer has you covered.


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Bringing Reality into the Admission Process

Janet Lavin Rapelye, the dean of admission at Princeton University, continues to answer questions for The Choice Blog readers. One of her latest responses focused on parents' need to have a "guarantee" that their child will get into the Ivies. She states that there is none, and offers a realistic approach to the admission process:

"If students are applying only to highly selective schools, they will encounter steep competition. Spreading a wide net in terms of the selectivity of the colleges where they apply will greatly enhance the number of admission choices they will have in April."

Her take-home point: "Be realistic about the competition and set your son or daughter up for success in the process."

For more of her insights on the college process, click here.


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