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I want to take this time to remind high school seniors and parents of some important items:
- You must send an enrollment deposit to one college by May 1st to hold your spot for the Fall Semester.
- If you are on the waiting list of your top choice college, you must send a non-refundable deposit to your second choice. If you come off the waiting list of your top choice college you can then deposit to that college (but you will not be refunded your original deposit from your second choice college).
- If colleges require an additional housing deposit, make sure to also send in the housing deposit (look at deadlines –most are by May 1)
- By now, you should have heard from most (if not all) of your colleges about financial aid. Let me know if you would like to set up a meeting to go over your financial aid packages. It can sometimes be hard to read and confusing. I’m happy to help.
- Make sure you complete all financial aid documents (online or hardcopy). Make sure to read deadlines and dates!
- GRADES STILL MATTER! Do not let “senioritis” get to you! Colleges do take away acceptances from students every year. You need to keep up your grades. This summer you can relax, go to the beach, and hang out with friends.
- If you still don’t know which college you want to attend, it’s not too late to visit your top choice colleges, meet with your academic departments and talk to financial aid counselors. April is a busy month for college admissions offices, so you need to set up your appointments now!
Below is a checklist of some of the things that juniors and their families should be thinking about, discussing and doing over the next few months.
Start talking! Now is the time to start conversations about the next steps after high school. It is important to start “getting on the same page” regarding realistic expectations and hopes.
This is the right time for parents to honestly discuss financial capabilities and how much they can contribute towards their college education. It is important for the student to know how much you can contribute so that they can look at college with realistic eyes.
Remember that financial aid can bring the cost of a college down, so don’t only look at the Sticker Price, but consider financial aid options as well. Parents can get an estimate of what federal aid they might be eligible for at the College Boards EFC Calculator. You can also look at college websites to find out about institutional aid as well.
Learn More About Yourself! This is a really important semester to invest energy in learning more about your academic and social needs. This will be important to help make the transition into college a successful transition. Do you know what you want to study? Do you know what kind of learning environment will be best for you? Do you know what type of location you want to experience college in? Do you know what extracurricular activities you want at your college? Do you know what type of services you will need to succeed academically?
This is a process that may be difficult for many students. I am here to help you. Through assessments and meetings, I can help juniors discover their gifts, talents, college needs and academic goals.
Work hard in your classes! Your junior year is the most important year in your application process. This will be your last semester of grades that will be sent with your applications. Study hard (especially in your academic courses), get extra assistance for the classes you are struggling with, participate in class, and challenge yourself. Also remember – your junior class teachers will be the ones that will fill out your academic references – so get to know your teachers, work hard and be respectful.
Also make sure to select your senior courses thoughtfully. Continue to challenge yourself and take as many Honors, AP and/or IB classes (balance is important – only take as many as you can be successful in). If you received any poor grades, summer will be an important time to retake classes.
Testing! Do you have a testing schedule? Do you know if you are stronger in your ACT or SAT test? Now is the time to be taking your ACT and/or SAT tests so that you do not need to take them during your senior fall semester. Also, do you plan to take any SATII tests? It is important to make your plans now so that this Summer and Fall you can give more energy and time in your applications (not tests).
College Visits! The Spring Semester is the perfect time to visit colleges. Take advantage of Ski Weeks and Spring Breaks. I recommend visiting a few different types of colleges. If you can’t get out of the area, there are a lot of colleges in Southern California — go visit a UC School, a State School and a Private school. Visiting colleges will help you build a strong application list.
Summer Plans. What are you planning to do this summer? Are you going to take summer courses? Have you thought of participating in a summer program? Colleges are looking for you to show intellectual vitality and curiosity. Your summer plans can strengthen your admissions profile if you plan wisely.
Wolf College Consulting is here to help you… let us know how Wolf College Consulting can be part of your college planning process.
Many parents are currently dropping off their first-year students at college and some will be doing this soon. Parents, this may be the first time you have sent a child off to college. Here are some tips that Wolf College Consulting recommends to parents that have just dropped their son or daughter at college for the first time:
- Do not expect your son/daughter to respond to all of your emails and texts. They are learning about what it means to live independently and they need to learn to make decisions on their own.
- Do not call crying and telling them how much you miss them. Your conversations should be celebrating their growth and college experience.
- Be sure to set up expectations on their return to your home – this includes rules at home, curfew, chores and work expectations.
- Do not give them a bottomless credit card. If you choose to give them any money, set an allowance and allow them to learn to budget and be responsible for their financial actions.
- Keep them in the loop about the cost of their college and make sure they are aware how much you are paying, how much you are lending them and how much they are expected to contribute.
- Get involved with a new activity and go out with your friends. You can take this time to model how to make healthy transitions when life changes.
- If your child runs into a problem at school, give them the tools to get it solved themselves. Do not run to the phone (or to the campus) yourself to solve it. Your student needs to learn to solve problems (including bad roommate problems, incorrect bills, closed course problems, etc). Listen to their problem, but let them know you are confident that they can solve it themselves. Obviously, if your child is in harm, you will need to take action, but if they are not in harm, the student needs to learn to problem solve.
- It’s okay to send care packages – students especially love ones that include homemade food items –like their favorite cake or favorite holiday food.
- Do not ask your son or daughter to come home in the first few months of school. It is recommended that students do not come home in their first year until Thanksgiving. This helps them get connected to the campus and form relationships. When students do come home, tell them to bring their friends from college – college road trips are a great way for students to get connected. When students create friendships in college, they are more likely to succeed academically and graduate.
- Lastly, know that the relationship is going to change. They will want to be treated as an adult, but they still want to know they are loved and they especially want you to be proud of them. When they do something great, let them know that you are proud of them. When they mess-up, remind them that you always love them.