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What to expect? Senior Year and Applying to College?

SaraCoSaraCo Posts: 567Registered User Member
edited August 2013 in High School Life
How much stress does the college application process add to a (fairly) difficult schedule?
Included in this is retaking the ACT (and possibly the SAT, I've already done studying), possibly self-studying for a science AP test, and maintaining grades and keeping up with ECs?

Also, is there some sort of schedule anybody is following?
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Replies to: What to expect? Senior Year and Applying to College?

  • Rebelution90Rebelution90 Posts: 39Registered User Junior Member
    College season is stressful time for a senior. Having to do juggle academics with applications does get stressful. I say start writing those essays immediately. That is the only part that gets everyone. So, spend time on those essay and try your best to make your essays standout.
  • OnMyWay2013OnMyWay2013 Posts: 439Registered User Member
    You can fill out most of the Common App or whatever applications your colleges use (the easy stuff) and figure out which teachers you want to get recommendations ASAP.

    Between now and taking the ACT (if you're really bogged down and your scores are OK, I wouldn't recommend taking the SAT too), concentrate on studying for that and begin writing your essays. I definitely second what Rebelution90 said. Those things killed me when I was applying. Try to get the content down in some drafts by the time teachers really start getting into schoolwork and homework. That will allow you to be able to keep up with classes while only having to do proofreading, get feedback, and make minor adjustments.

    Depending on what ECs you are involved with, try to tone down your involvement (I know it's not possible all the time). But by the end of the year, you'll be so freed up, especially to study for your AP test.
  • SaraCoSaraCo Posts: 567Registered User Member
    Thank you for your help!
  • CosteCoste Posts: 411Registered User Member
    It doesn't really have to be stressful at all. It's all dependent on how much stress you place on it.

    I only applied to one school, was directly admitted, and was able to fill out application to prestigious scholarships within the university on my own time. I knew exactly where I was going and how much it would cost (after merit scholarships) by February.

    If you're one of those students applying to 10+ schools, good luck.
  • SaraCoSaraCo Posts: 567Registered User Member
    I was thinking about 4-6 schools.
    Thanks again!
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