Weston, FL (PRWEB) August 09, 2014
If you are a high school senior or the parent of a high school senior, you probably are already being inundated by the ongoing barrage of questions from well-meaning peers, family members, and teachers about applying to college and what you have and have not done. No one ever said applying to college is effortless and stress-free, but it can be manageable with a plan of action. The best response to the ongoing questions is to be organized. Below is an outline of ten things to help you and your child stay on track.
1. In early August, register for an additional ACT and SAT.
2. Have your child ask themselves this key question: What does my social media information say about me? Any material that not does show oneself in a positive light should be erased immediately.
3. Start the personal essay early. This is the place where a student can showcase their voice and let the college admission representatives understand their passion, growth, and real self. Do not forget to proofread before submitting.
4. Stay on top of deadlines for the application, as well as for scholarships. There are times when a college application has to be submitted earlier than the regular deadline to qualify for certain scholarships.
5. Know the requirements for each college. A great way to keep track of this is with a spreadsheet detailing deadlines and information required, such as: transcript, letters of recommendation, supplemental essays, resume, etc.
6. The high school senior is responsible for sending their official test scores from the testing agency to colleges, not the college counselor. Do not forget this piece of the process.
7. Senior year is still important academically. When a senior is accepted to a college or receives a scholarship, it is conditional. Colleges and universities have the right to rescind a decision if the accepted student does not have the same academic standing as when they were accepted. Seniors, bottom line...do not lose focus as the year progresses. The road may seem long at times, but hang in there, you have made it this far.
8. Once you have applied to the colleges of choice, do not forget to check your e-mail and online portals for updates. No system is perfect and documents can go missing, which means it is important to always check and follow-up in a timely manner.
9. Keep an open mind. Apply to a variety of schools where you would be happy for the next four years, as scholarship and financial aid will vary. Find the right fit school for you by truly researching the opportunities present for you to succeed in and out of the classroom.
10. Start early. Summer break before the senior year is the ideal time to work on essays, prep a bit more for the standardized exams, and finalize your plan of action.
Seniors, never be afraid to show your passion and be confident. Start early and plan ahead and you will surely decrease the stress level and be ready to answer the many questions that come your way about the future.
Mellesia Nelson, MS, is Assistant Principal for The Sagemont School, Upper School Campus. Sagemont is a college preparatory school serving students from preK3 through 12th grade. It offers a rigorous academic curriculum. Upper School students choose from a variety of regular, honors and AP course work. In addition, students share in a networked wireless laptop environment and participate in a comprehensive guidance program for college entrance. For more information on The Sagemont School visit http://www.sagemont.com or call (954) 389-2454.
The Sagemont School offers a college prep curriculum and operates two campuses in Weston, Fl. In Pre-K through Grade 5, The Sagemont School provides core concepts in a creative environment combined with weekly specials that include science, art, music, Spanish for non-native & native speakers, swimming, PE and media and technology. From middle school through high school graduation, Sagemont students choose from a variety of regular, honors and AP course work. In addition, students share in a networked wireless laptop environment and participate in a comprehensive guidance program for college entrance. Visit The Sagemont School Web site at http://www.sagemont.com/.
For more information on The Sagemont School contact Dr. Brent Goldman, President at (954) 389-2454 ext., 305, or email to bgoldman(at)sagemont(dot)com.To read more stories about The Sagemont School written by Stacey Bomser go to School News at http://ourcitymedia.com/.