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Senior Year: A Guide to College Applications

Senior year is exciting, you are at the top of the school, you get privileges the underclassmen do not, and it is your last year of high school ever! And while we all have excitement running through our veins about it, there is also lots of preparation that needs to be done, and making sure it is done in a timely manner is important.  


It is crucial to understand that college applications are closer than you think. Many start prepping in the summer. That way, when senior year begins, you already have an idea of what major you want to pursue and where you want to go, making sure it gives the best quality of education for your major, comparing costs, and researching ways to make yourself the ideal candidate. You also should get a head start by creating a Common App account and begin writing the school’s supplementary and the Common App essay. Every school has different or multiple prompts, and it will be more time-consuming than you think.  


Once summer is over and the time has come to begin Senior Year, it is important to know that you must advocate for yourself and that hundreds of students in your grade are doing the same. Meeting with your school counselors to discuss your options and review your application is 100 times easier when you already have a plan and have started working on it. 

During this time, you should also inform your teachers about writing recommendations for you. You must do this as soon as possible since teachers have hundreds of their students asking them and can take time to write your recommendation. 

You also want to begin registering for the SAT, choose what date works for you, and register before the deadline. This is important since it is your responsibility. SAT prep is not easy, and you want to make sure to study so you can be prepared. During this time, many students choose the Early Decision deadline which is normally in November. If you choose this deadline, your writing, SAT, and recommendations should be completed, and your application should be submitted. It is important to note that it is okay if you decide to choose a later deadline. Every student is different and needing more time is normal! 


During the winter and new year, you should begin researching and completing as many scholarships as possible. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) applications usually open during this time as well and you must apply as soon as possible. 

In the spring semester, most of your applications should be completed and it will be time for colleges to send out acceptance letters! Make sure to review your college acceptances and financial aid packages. During this time you should also receive any scholarships or grants you were awarded.  


Finally, summer is here – this is the most exciting part! You must decide on a college choice and return or fill out any acceptance form to secure your spot. You also may request your final transcript and send it to the college if needed. This is your time to organize your living situation, go to orientation, and select courses.  


CONGRATULATIONS! You have officially made it through senior year, and it is time to open a new chapter in your life. Despite how much work it may seem, remember senior year is also fun and you will make the best memories during your last year of high school! It is important to remember that all will end well and when you feel overwhelmed our guidance counselors are available any time – just scan the QR code of your counselor.

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Fallyn Sanders, Reporter
Hi, I'm Fallyn, I’m a senior and outside of school, I'm passionate about fashion and figure skating. I also enjoy the beach and hanging out with my friends! My goal this year is to report and write about many school events and attend them!

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