Mid-January To Do for Seniors
If you've been deferred, now is the time to send an email to your first choice college to let them know that you're still interested. Explain your reasons for it being your first choice. As with your essay, put some thought into your words and your message and take the time to proofread before you hit Send. Nothing says Awkward like an email with errors or one with the addressee's name misspelled. Ouch.
My daughter, who is a high school junior, recently received an unsolicited letter from a college cross country coach inviting her to apply. He is interested in her because she had a great season and she has above a 4.0 GPA. We noted three proofreading errors made by the coach. My daughter is not considering this college, but the oversight in proofreading was still cringeworthy. Making a good first impression in universal.
It's a good idea for all seniors to follow up with all of your colleges to be sure that they've received all of your materials. Don't stress if a document failed to send. Admissions officers understand technology glitches. Just be sure to contact them to explain.
... and To Do for Juniors
If you haven't taken the ACT yet, be sure to sign up before the end of the school year. More than half of the students who take the ACT a second time improve their test scores. Consider taking a test prep course with ACT Prep Academy to help raise your score.
It's too late to sign up for the February ACT, but the April 14th deadline is March 9th. For the full calendar, go to ACT .
The next SAT is March 10th. Go to the College Board to see the full schedule.