Create a To-Do List for Your College Search
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High school students need to stay on task from freshman year through senior year.
September 20, 2015
Good list. One HUGE omission - join Admit.me freshman year :-)
One of the most important items here was the "get involved". That needs to start freshman year and go throughout your high school careers. Schools are looking for more than just grades and SAT scores. Get involved and show the schools that you are a well-rounded candidate. We can help with essays, resume and interviews senior year, but there is nothing we can do about four years worth of involvement! Find your passions and interests and go with it! @Jennie Rothman or @Savena Wright - anything else that I missed?
- Savena Wright expert I cannot underscore the importance of reading often throughout high school. Hopefully, this love of reading is something that developed early on in life, but if not, start developing one freshman year. There are two benefits (other than the enjoyment of the reading itself!): you will improve your vocabulary, which will help you with standardized tests and you will become a stronger writer. Freshman year should also be a time to develop your wow factor. Colleges like to see a sustained commitment to something; it demonstrates engagement and a willingness get involved, something they hope their accepted students will do on campus. So will your wow factor be that you're an accomplished student athlete, community organizer, budding politician, concert pianist, volunteer? Getting good grades is certainly important, but you want to show that there is more to you than a glowing transcript.
- Jennie Rothman expert The article advises students to "speak up in class" in class their junior year. That advice falls far short of optimum. To ensure that they can get strong recommendations as applicants, students should start cultivating relationships with their teachers early and often. Seek out opportunities to get to know teachers better by attending office hours or signing up for an activity which your favorite teacher advises. By seeing your teacher outside of the classroom, you'll give the teacher a chance to get to know your personality better and write a more specific and compelling letter of recommendation.