By 10th and 11th-grade college talk should be fairly consistent—especially if you are, or have a student who is— aiming to attend a selective college or university. That being said, the majority of our work with students—which includes applying to summer programs, narrative development (your “story” for college), compiling school lists, and completing the personal statement and resume—starts in 11th grade. There is no better time to start the process than right now!
Juniors should consider the following:
- It is test prep time! It is best to start prepping for standardized exams early. Don’t wait until spring of your junior year to begin prep.
- Meet with your school guidance counselor. S/he will write one of your letters of recommendation for college, and the letter will be much more personal if you know each other! Talk about your plans for this year and next year; let them know about your preliminary college list, any visits you have scheduled, and your testing plan.
- Now is the time to build your story for college! Have you gotten more involved with any of your extracurricular activities? Look for leadership opportunities in school and consider activities outside of school as well. Think about ideas for new and different activities, or for how to get more involved in your favorite activity (academic and non-academic).
- Visit the websites of the schools you are interested in. Explore the admissions and academics pages. Start to think about your major of interest and how the activities you are involved in support this interest. Don’t forget, you should be exploring your interests outside of the classroom/school!
- Visit colleges in person! Fall is a great time to visit colleges. Please note, there are not many students on college campuses during December/January, so plan accordingly.
*Stay in the know! Subscribe for news, tips, and advice*