Most high school students and their parents know the fall of senior year is the busiest time in high school. There’s no getting around that. You’ll need to juggle your classes and extra curricular activities with all the tasks necessary for putting together successful college applications.
But the College Strategist is here to reassure you: you can make it so much smoother, if you get organized. An hour or two of careful planning with your parents now will make a big difference in the months ahead. Here’s a basic checklist for high school seniors that will keep you on track through December–and help minimize the stress as well.
Plan your course load wisely
Make sure you’re on track to complete all the required credits before graduation. But don’t just sign up for the minimum. Challenge yourself by taking classes that stretch your mind. That said, don’t take on more than you can handle. You’ll have a busy semester, so be realistic.
Register for the required tests
If you still need to take the SAT or ACT test, register now. Then start preparing. Also, find out whether any of the colleges you’ll be applying to require the SAT 2 subject tests. If so, you’ll need to register and prep for them.
Set up your application calendar
Create a calendar that includes every important date in your college application process. Don’t forget to include tests, interviews and application deadlines. This will be your most important tool for keeping yourself on-track. If you’re using an electronic calendar, be sure to set those pop-up alarms!