“The college process is really difficult, and could be annoying,” says Mahya Fleurime (‘19). With college deadlines just around the corner, things could get really stressful. So, here are some ways to deal with preparing for college in a nicely manner.
1. Continue visiting colleges: Even though fall is coming to an end, it’s not too late to visit more schools that you might be interested in. This is actually the best time to visit colleges because classes are in session, and you might be able to talk to students or professors.
2. Narrow down your college list: Use information from interviews, college visits, and even online research to decide which schools to apply to. It’s fine to apply to schools that will be more difficult to get into, but it's also important that you have a few safety schools on your list. Naviance is a great source to use for researching schools and making your official college list.
3. Keep on track with your grades and extracurricular activities: Colleges look at what you are doing your senior year, so make sure you stay focused in all of your classes. If you have an activity that you are really interested in, make sure you stay committed and show growth in that one activity because it’ll prepare you for college and show dedication as well.
4. Stay on track with your deadlines: You’ll be filling out a lot of applications, so it’s really important that you stay on top of all deadlines, including admissions, scholarships, and financial aid. Make reminders in your phone a week or two ahead of time so you won’t be surprised when there’s one day left. Also, a helpful tool is to make a spreadsheet which can organize all of your dates.
5. Meet with your guidance counselor: Here at McMahon, we have a lot of counselors that are happy to help you stay on track with admissions requirements. Make sure you give your counselor any necessary forms much earlier than the deadlines, so they’ll have time to send the forms in. Also, make sure that you go to your senior meeting, and if you missed it email your counselor and reschedule it. Counselors are here to help you, so make sure you meet with them regularly and ask them questions!
6. Ask for letters of recommendation ahead of time: Ask the teacher that you would like to write your letter of recommendation two months ahead of time. This will give the teacher enough time because they will most likely have to write more recommendation letters. Make sure to talk about your goals and achievements with your teachers, so that they’ll be more prepared to write about you. It also doesn’t hurt to give the teachers a small present in order to thank them for writing a letter for you.