Applying to colleges can be a stressful process under the best circumstances. In 2020, with the education system turned on its ear, the admission process might seem near impossible. Standardized tests are canceled for the spring, high schools are closed changing the dynamics of grades and extracurriculars, and colleges are shifting application requirements. From week to week, it can be hard to keep track of the changes. So, what’s a high school junior to do?
Focus on what you can control. Minimize your stress by focusing on the parts of the application process that you can affect. Here are some suggestions of things you can do now for your college applications.
- Start your Common App Essay. Haven’t started any college essays? Now is a great time. Look at the Common App essay topics – the personal statement has a choice of 7 prompts. Or look at the schools you are considering to find out if they require additional essays. You can view the essay requirements on the college profile in GuidedPath.
- Register for Senior Year Classes. We may not know what fall will bring in terms of in-person school. However, you want to have a challenging senior year schedule regardless. Your senior schedule may be doubly important if your school adopted pass/fail grades for this year.
- Study for Standardized Tests. Although spring SAT and ACT dates were canceled, and many colleges have adopted test-optional policies, odds are you may still need to take the SAT or ACT. ACT is planning to offer tests in June and July, while the earliest SAT is schedule for August. Use this summer to do extra test prep especially if you will only be able to take the test one time.
Although it may feel like the admission process for the coming fall will be anything but normal, trust that colleges and admission officers are still looking for the same qualities – good students and good citizens. Getting a head start on parts of your college application will allow you to be more adaptable this fall as the process continues to develop.
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Founder, Weil College Admissions, LLC