College Corner December 2017

college-cornerBy Kit Llewellyn, College Advisor

Don’t forget about your December college preparation to-dos! Read on to see what you should be doing now as a sophomore, junior, and senior.

Sophomores:

  • Talk to your senior friends about their applications/visits to campus/interview experiences
  • Be sure to keep up background reading (newspaper, novels, magazines, sci-fi) to maximize your performance on the SAT next year
  • Research possible colleges for admission using handbooks, catalogs, videos, virtual tours, and online resources
  • When your PSAT test scores arrive in early December, study the results to discover where you need more focus or assistance. You will be sitting for a practice ACT test in the winter (Sunday, February 25th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.) for experience.
  • Mark your calendars to attend the Introduction to the College Admissions Process program on Tuesday, January 23rd at 7:00 p.m. with Kit Llewellyn and Annie Murphy, Associate Director of Admissions at Centre College.   

Juniors:

  • When you receive your PSAT test results in early December, make sure to discuss your scores with Kit Llewellyn
  • Using your PSAT scores as a preliminary indicator, begin narrowing the range of colleges you are researching
  • Research possible colleges for admission using handbooks, catalogs, videos, virtual tours, and online resources
  • Register for the SAT and the ACT on one of the spring test dates (observe that some of the test dates fall during Winter Break, Spring Break, Derby, et al) so plan ahead
  • If you are interested in SAT/ACT prep courses or tutorials, Kit Llewellyn is a good source of information, especially since the SAT and ACT now have a writing component
  • Keep your academic focus during exams and this next semester
  • Check into some summer programs that you might coordinate with the proposal of your Senior Project

Seniors:

  • All of your evaluation forms and teacher recommendations have been submitted via Naviance to your colleges
  • You should complete SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests (if required) testing this month. Walk-in registration is possible, if you did not register on time. Remember that it is your responsibility to send your official scores from ACT and College Board to the universities.
  • If you are accepted early decision, withdraw applications to all other colleges by writing a note
  • If you are deferred early decision, write to the college stating that it is still your first choice and you will attend, if accepted in the spring
  • Parents, finish filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and/or the CSS profile (if applicable) for January mailing. The earlier the better!
  • Deadlines for scholarships, whether college-related or outside sources, are NOW! Please do your research and keep an excel sheet of your priorities and deadline requirements.
  • Everyone will enjoy the holidays more if all of your paperwork is completed by exam week.
  • Realizing how the juggling of your daily work, sports, drama, jobs, friends, and family can be overwhelming, try to stay organized and manage your time wisely.
  • If a college requires an interview and you cannot make it to campus, it is your responsibility to call the admissions office and set up an alum interview locally.
  • As always if you need clarification or are confused about any piece of this process, do not hesitate calling or emailing Kit Llewellyn at 502.736.1012
  • Make sure to get all information regarding the financial aid process at EACH college/university; their requirements and deadlines vary