For high school seniors who are in the throes of the college application process, this time of year (early December, at this writing) can be stressful for a number of reasons. By the way, if you happen to be a high school junior, you should pay attention to the kinds of issues your senior pals are having because you are just a year away from those same issues. They happen to include selecting the right list of schools to apply to and how to best market yourself in the turbulent sea of entrance requirements. (How’s that for an exciting image?)
So, I thought what we might take a look at today, first, would be how to create (hopefully all you seniors are well beyond the creation phase) or complete your list of candidate colleges that will receive your application. Second, we also need to consider some options for dealing with specific application strategies, mainly the issue of low or problematical standardized test scores. Believe it or not, it’s not too late to make minor (or even major) course corrections in your college application process.
While I’m thinking about it, a brief sidebar: Have you heard about SuperMatch? If not, click that link and prepare yourself to be amazed at how easy the college search has become. SuperMatch utilizes a “fuzzy” approach to ranking your preferences. That way, not only do you get a list of schools that match your needs perfectly, but you’ll also see the ones that come close. If you haven’t started thinking about your college process yet by this point in your high school career, that keyword “fuzzy” may also apply to your overall thought process (or even your grades!).
So, shucking right down to the cob, as the late newscaster, Paul Harvey, used to say, you need to get settled on your college list. Ever notice how quickly deadlines sneak up on us? The older we get, the faster they appear. Think back to when you were in first grade. Remember how it seemed like Christmas would never arrive? Well, you’re in high school now; apparently every milestone is just around the corner. If you’re a senior, there’s a very big deadline looming: your decision about college. More »