Senior year is here, and if you are like me (I'm also a senior, except in college), you feel a bit overwhelmed and as if you have no idea of what you are doing. Lucky for you, I have been a senior in high school (and have enlisted the help of the awesome admissions counselor, Michelle Ladner), so I'm here to help you figure out what in the world you should be doing right now.
1. Visit your school counselor
Applying to college is a time sensitive matter. Talk to your counselor to ensure that you are on track to graduate, to discuss local scholarships, and to ask questions about the application process.
2. Register for the ACT or SAT before Christmas.
Most colleges want an ACT score from applicants in December. To ensure you get the score you want, you should plan to take it more than once, so get started now.
3. Take every opportunity to get to know a university.
Events like Preview Days, receptions, and campus visits allow you to spend time on campus and with real students, professors, and administrators. You are choosing where to spend the next few years of your life, so get to know your potential new home.
4. Create a checklist or get a planner
Deadlines have a way of sneaking up on you. When you are applying to colleges, there are a lot of different deadlines that you have to know and small details you have to complete, so keeping it all in one place of reference is a great idea.
5. Fill out your FAFSA
Speaking of a date you need to know, the FAFSA, opens on October 1st! This application is used for determining federal aid, and a lot of colleges use refer to it when distributing further grants (MC is one of those schools). Fill it out as soon as possible.
6. Take Advanced Placement (AP) Exams
AP Exams are a great way to gain college credit before even setting foot in a college classroom. Talk to your admissions counselor if you have a question about which exams are accepted at MC.
7. SIGN UP FOR DUAL ENROLLMENT CLASSES
Another great way to get college credit is through dual enrollment. You can take some of your core classes at a community college (be sure to consult your degree requirements first and check to see if the course will transfer.). Enroll for the spring or the summer semester and you could already have college credit by the time you are enrolled in the fall.
8. Start thinking about Scholarships
9. Don't write off Community College
Also, keep in mind that community colleges are great options, and MC offers great scholarships for transfer students like our Transfer Scholarship Competition or a scholarship for members of PTK.
10. Enjoy high school
It's your last year, so don't get so caught up in college preparation that you lose sight of the present. Have fun, spend time with your friends and family, and use this time to grow intellectually and spiritually.
Nolie, the college senior who is applying to far too many grad programs