High school seniors may feel that they are done with most of the heavy lifting to finish school and start college. "You submitted applications a few months ago and are now waiting to hear back from the schools you’ve applied to. Compared to the comprehensive applications you filled out and standardized tests you took last year..." it might feel like there is "not much that happens now that will have a huge influence on your college journey..." But that is wrong! Seniors need to finish strong, keep up their grades - improve performance if necessary, and stay involved in school. Your next few months in high school still can affect your college admission.
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Stay optimistic.Now is the time when you might start receiving acceptance and rejection letters. Don’t be dismayed by an early rejection or two, especially if you’ve applied to several schools. A positive attitude will help you get through this uncertain time.
Continue narrowing your list.
If you don’t already have a small list of finalists, now is the time to narrow down your list. You’ll be hearing back from admissions departments within the next few weeks, and most expect to receive an answer from you by late April or early May.
- AP exams
- Stay engaged with school and classmates
- Communicate with school counselors and mentoring teachers
- Need more motivation? Plan ahead for graduation
"Senioritis, a tongue-in-cheek term for a decline in high school seniors’ motivation.... But such a light-hearted take belies the harm senioritis can have on students’ immediate and future academic performance." Counseling@NYU Staff
College Board warns: "Every year, colleges rescind offers of admission, put students on academic probation or alter financial aid packages as a result of 'senioritis'."
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