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College Applications: Wrap Them Up!

Posted on 11/30/2018, by Dr. Ellen Fithian (0 comments)

For most families, college application season is a lot like Christmas shopping; you vow to start early but generally still end in a mad rush to get everything done on time.

To avoid that pitfall, your teen really needs to get serious now, if she hasn't already. Consider that there are only about four weeks left until January 1, the deadline for many applications. The typical teen has a full schedule of school work and activities, leaving little free time to wedge in college application tasks. Further, more than a week of those four contains Christmas and New Year's, when filling out forms and writing essays will probably not be your senior’s activities of choice. Your school counselor is not planning to spend Christmas morning writing letters of recommendation, either, so she is probably requiring students to submit recommendation requests ten days to two weeks before the winter break.

Teens often underestimate the amount of work – and time – involved in the application process. Condensing four years worth of activities into the Common Application’s extracurricular table is no easy feat, nor is crafting fresh, earnest, yet entertaining responses to multiple essay prompts. 

Your senior also needs to request letters of recommendation from teachers, so make sure he doesn't put that off. If you can convince him to get busy checking off the tasks on his college to-do list now, he might even finish in time for both of you to enjoy a little holiday cheer. 

Recommended Reading:
If you’re just getting started on college applications and haven’t read the first three installments of this series, there’s no time like the present.
Step 1 for Seniors: Compose the College List
Step 2 for Seniors: Contemplating College Costs
Step 3 for Seniors: Organizing the Application Process

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