Conquering senior year college admission anxiety: Balancing your senior year caseload and college admission process
Senior year is packed with many challengers that the student and the parents have to face and deal with in a timely fashion, finalizing your search and get all of your applications in order. At this point of the college admissions game, you should be putting your final touches on your college essays with the help of your English teacher. To lessen your anxiety, you should organize all of your applications with the use of a checklist form where you can list each application with the deadlines for all of the supporting documents.
Enlisting the help of your guidance counselor/college adviser can greatly decrease your chances for errors and your anxiety. I highly recommend that you see your guidance counselor/college adviser as much as possible to make sure that you stay on top of everything that you need to have done in the fall of your senior year.
Not only, will you be sending out college applications but you will also be sending out your financial aid applications and scholarship applications with supporting documents.
Narrowing your list of colleges to a reasonable number: 6 to 8 schools are ideal
There are no set numbers of schools that you should apply to because it is totally a personal choice of how much you want to spend on college application fees. Most students will apply to a large number of schools in order to better their chances of acceptance and to better their chances of getting a good financial aid package. Most guidance counselors will recommend that a student apply to 6 to 8 schools in order to cover all of their bases. You should have at least 2 safety schools academically and financially, 2 to 4 schools that are a good match for your academic profile and at least 2 school that are a reach for your academic profile (your pie in sky). It is very important that you pay close attention to your safety schools because these are the schools that you can get in to and that you can afford with little help or no help at all. If all else fails, you will have a place to be next fall.
Stay on top of college admissions application deadlines: Meeting all of your deadlines are crucial to your application being considered
Colleges and universities have deadline dates for a reason and you must be conscious of all of the deadlines. Use a college application checklist to stay on top of your deadline dates. You should meet with your guidance counselor/college adviser to make sure that all of your supporting documents are sent out to the colleges and universities in a timely fashion. You and your parents are ultimately responsible to have all of your applications and the supporting documents in to the admissions office prior to the deadline.
You need to have your request to have any documents sent out from the guidance office at least two (2) weeks in advance of the date that you want the materials sent out to meet the admissions office deadline. Keeping in mind that guidance office/college adviser office will need to put your documents together before they are sent out and you are not the only student that the guidance office is handling.
For more information on how you can finalize your college search and narrow your final list of schools that you are going to apply to, go to the website below to get all of the help that you need.
http://www.collegeadmissionsandfinancialaid.com copy and paste if the link is not alive
By Leonel R. DaRosa, M. Ed., Guidance Counselor