College Corner October 2016

By Kit Llewellyn, College Advisor

College Meeting with Ms. LlewellynFreshmen: Get acquainted with your teachers, the coursework, and the activities available for Wyverns. Know that how you perform and how you get involved this year are strongly considered by colleges/universities.

Sophomores: Colleges take your grades from this year into consideration, so be sure to study hard! Begin some college research and visit with the college reps who come to school (always check the calendar in gathering space). Get involved in sports and extracurricular activities, and explore your interests! The PSAT is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. – noon on Wednesday, October 19th at St. Francis School (Kit Llewellyn has registered all students). Please bring 3 #2 pencils and a standard calculator with new batteries.

Juniors: Begin reviewing your personal preferences, strengths, and weaknesses in order to make your college search meaningful and thorough. Accumulate data for your brag sheet/resume so that during your senior year you do not omit any activities or extracurriculars. The PSAT is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. – noon on Wednesday, October 19th at St. Francis School (Kit Llewellyn has registered all students). Please bring 3 #2 pencils and a standard calculator with new batteries.

Seniors: Take the SAT and/or ACT, and, if required, register for SAT Subject tests. Remember, many selective colleges require literature, math, and possibly a third subject test of your choice.

Also:

  • Confirm all college application deadlines and obtain all applications (paper or online)
  • Finalize your list of colleges with Kit Llewellyn
  • Complete your resumes and submit them to Kit Llewellyn
  • Your teacher recommendation requests were entered in Naviance by Kit Llewellyn
  • Work on college essays as directed/guided by the English department
  • By October 19th, be ready to complete your Common Application, put finishing touches on your essay, learn some tips regarding interview techniques, and generally begin to see the light re college application deadlines
  • Determine your college costs with your family, research scholarships on fastweb.com, and obtain all related financial aid forms from each of your colleges/universities
  • If you are planning on applying early decision or early action, the usual deadlines are November 1st; your teacher recs and High School report forms should be in the appropriate hands by the last week of October
  • Send in rolling admissions applications – the sooner the better – particularly to the state schools

As a reminder, the registration deadlines and test dates are as follow:

ACT:

Deadline/Test Date November 4th for the December 10th test and January 13th for the February 11th test

SAT:

Deadline/Test Date – October 7th for the November 7th test, November 3rd for the December 3rd test, and December 21st for the January 21st test