Tips for Seniors
Do not give in to Senioritis: Colleges could possibly rescind your acceptance if your grades drop drastically.
Once you are accepted, register for all housing opportunities as soon as possible.
Check your email, college student portals and Family Connection consistently. Deadlines vary from school to school. The admission office may request additional documentation or notify you about missing documents. Follow up is key.
Be Healthy! Eat well, exercise regularly and get a good night sleep every night. Monitor your stress level. Talk about it if you need to - as often as you need to. Your parents, counselor, a trusted adult, anyone who can just listen.
See your counselor as often as you need for anything. The college application process will go more smoothly if communication with your counselor happens regularly.
Please don't wait for your counselor to find you. Your counselor does not know if you have questions until you ask!
Read the directions! This applies to college applications, tests, emails, homework and just about anything else.
Familiarize yourself with the requirements for each of the college applicaitons on your list. Make note of the application materials for eveyr school and keep your list in an acessible place.
Stay organized and utilize time management skills. See your counselor for help if you need it.
Senioritis: Don't let it happen to you! If it does, talk about it with someone and get help to get back on track. Colleges do see your second semester grades. After graduation, the final high school transcript is sent to the college of attendance...and yes, colleges do look at the grades! If grades slip, colleges may rescind their offer of acceptance.
Memorize your social security number and SI's school code. College applications, standardized exams and financial aid forms will ask for your social security number and school code (053010). Memorize it, but do not store it on your email or cell phone.
Use your Family Connection account. Counselor sand Teachers use it to submit their recommendations and it can help you stay organized throughout the college process.
Start the application process and college essay - EARLY!! The biggest mistakes occur when students rush and miss essential information. Start early and get support during the X period college application workshops. Check the SI Calendar or SI's Counseling Department Twitter account on the home page.
Familiarize yourself with the requiremetns fo reach of the college applicaitons on your list. Make note of the application materials for every school and keep your list in an accessible place (google doc on your email account or the "Journal" section in Family Connection).
Stay organized and utilize time management skills. Create a file cabinet or use an accordian folder to help you organize all your college materials. Create a system of organization for your college applicaiton/accceptance information. Keep everything you receive from colleges you're applying to: online and through the mail. See your counselor for help if you need it.
Once you've been admitted to colleges.... you'll continue to receive informaiton abut topics such as houseing and financial aid. These materials are essential and have imperative deadlines.