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Advice from Graduating Seniors and More...

by: Lauren Gersick, Associate Director of College Counseling

The end of junior year brings a combination of feelings: the thrill of having completed another year of high school, the sense of excitement for an approaching final chapter and--from students and parents--questions about what specifically needs to happen in the next few months. Beyond the technical to do list, we also hope to offer families advice from those on the "other side" of the process: both from seniors, who are chronologically on the other side, and from admission officers at various colleges, who see the process from a different angle than students and families.

Read and enjoy!

Senior Advice 1: I strongly believe that having your parent be upfront with you about financial constraints (if there are any) before the process starts is crucial and while it may not mean limiting applications, it is definitely something to be aware of. Also finding someone, a teacher, an outside mentor, family friend or anyone who is not a parent to help you write your essay (sooner rather than later) made it a lot less stressful and overwhelming because I had someone to keep me on track who really wanted me to succeed in writing my essay.

Senior Advice 2: My biggest piece of advice would be to be wary of the hype surrounding early decision. An early deferral or rejection does not mean that you cannot get in to a school of similar selectivity regular decision. Around December, there is a lot of focus on early decision/action and if you are not accepted or didn't apply early, it can feel like you've blown your chances. Early decision is not the be all end all.

Official Advice from admission officers and counselors published in The Washington Post

Posted by Lauren Gersick on Thursday June, 9, 2016 at 12:31PM


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