by Susan Lee, Director of College Counseling
The best way to maximize your college options
is to do high school well
More and more families feel pressured to get the application process done earlier and earlier (see this New York Times article
from August 10). And, some high school students begin planning their college application process before they get to know themselves as high school students.
Regular decision applications – as they have been for years – are due in the middle of senior year. This means that students have a very full three and a half years of high school before an application will be read in the admissions office! These years include exciting educational experiences, new and evolving roles in activities outside of class, unforeseen opportunities and ideas, and the wisdom and growth that develop with maturity and high school competence.
I was always told that with a racket or a bat, you always need to watch the ball. If you look at where the bat or racket is going, you are likely to miss the ball. As the year begins, focus on high school and get as much as you can from the full high school experience. While starting something early is a good idea, remember that who you are today might be different from who you might grow into. There is time – and there will be time – to consider colleges, think about what will be a good place for you, and get to know the many kinds of colleges that are out there.
And finally, even seniors, have plenty of time to fill out college applications and write about all those wonderful high school and “growing up” encounters that happen – or will happen – all the time.
Monday August, 30, 2010 at 04:00PM
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