IT’S HERE, THE YEAR YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR!!!!!
Your senior year is finally here! As the new school year begins you SHOULD HAVE already:
- Taken at least one ACT or SAT test during the spring or early summer.
- Registered for the September 16 ACT Test (go to www.act.org to register; deadline is August 16); October 14 SAT Test (www.collegeboard.com deadline is September 12).
- Narrowed down your college selections, contact them to request information and an application for admission, ask about special admission requirements, financial aid and deadlines.
- Checked with your counselor to make sure you are registered for the required classes to graduate; take challenging classes in English, math, science, history, etc.
- Taken your yearbook picture or at least a senior picture. (These are great to put in your graduation announcements -- and almost a guarantee for a higher rate of graduation bounty. So stop arguing with your parents and have the darn picture taken!!!)
Actions to take once school starts:
- See your counselor, get to know this person, check on your credits, etc. Discuss colleges and their requirements.
- Continue involvement in school and community based extracurricular activities.
- Consider people to ask for recommendations—teachers, counselor etc.
- Attend your school or school district’s college fair and visit with the representatives.
- Find out how many college visitation days you have and plan on visiting the colleges of your choice as soon as possible.
- College applications are usually released around September 1; see if you need to write an essay. If you do, then start writing!
- Register for the ACT or SAT!!! (Take both -- it’s to your advantage.)
- If you are planning to play collegiate sports, then register with the NCAA Clearing House. You will need to send in a six-semester transcript and have ACT/SAT scores sent to the Clearing House.
- WATCH YOUR DEADLINES!!!!!!
- REMEMBER YOUR SENIOR YEAR DOES NOT END WTH HOMECOMING, SPRING BREAK OR PROM!!! Watch your grades and absences!
Steve Wannamaker, M.Ed.