Happy Fall 🍁 and Welcome to the Admissions-Stretch of your Admissions Journey!

It may not feel like fall here in Texas, but to me, Labor Day is the real beginning of the season. I hope you are all staying healthy and as relaxed as possible in our special 2022 version of senior year craziness. As we enter the early fall, the mid-admissions-season stretch here in the admissions journey, I wanted to check in with a few reminders.

Warning: these updates and reminders are loooooong… and there’s a lot of information, but I just wanted you (and your parents) to see it all written out, so if there’s anywhere you need to catch up, you can know.

THINK ABOUT YOUR COLLEGE LIST: Plan to have at least 3 colleges where your likelihood of acceptance is high — or guaranteed — and you can afford it (parents, it’s your job to do the Net Price Calculators for this) and you like it and can happily see yourself there. There’s nothing worse than being shut out from all your highly selective/rejective colleges and being left without choices. I want you to have at least three likely, welcoming, sure-bet schools on your list.

ORGANIZE YOUR SUPPLEMENTS: You might want to make a folder for each college you’re applying to in a Supplemental Essay Resources Folder. Inside that, make a document where you copy and paste each Supplemental Essay topic and Word Count.

TESTING:

  • SUBMIT TEST SCORES IF NEEDED: You don’t have to wait to apply to send official scores if they are needed. If you have test scores you want to submit, be sure to send your test scores from the College Board or ACT site if you haven’t already. Check on the schools’ websites to see if you can self-report tests — and if not make sure you submit them (if you are submitting this year). If you have already applied to schools or will be applying to ED or EA, I’d like you to get those scores sent if they need to be submitted. I suggest making a column on a spreadsheet to indicate whether you need to send scores or you can self-report, and then to check when you’ve submitted.

HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELOR: Check in with your high school counselor and make sure they have everything they need on their end from you. Make an appointment to have an official sit-down meeting. Keep on top of their deadlines and in-school requirements.

NAVIANCE, MAIA LEARNING, SCOIR, CIALFO (etc): If your school uses Naviance, Maia Learning, SCOIR, Cialfo, or another platform, make sure that all the schools you’re applying to are on your platform’s list that you are applying to — not just the “thinking about” list.

SPAM EMAIL FOLDER: If you’ve already started applying to colleges — or even if you haven’t, get in the habit of checking your spam folders regularly. Students often miss important messages from colleges in those folders. Parents, try to help out with this. If you’re not on your child’s email that they’re using for admissions, be sure to remind them to check regularly. Often, they’ll send info about specific dates and deadlines that aren’t published on Common APP.

DEMONSTRATED INTEREST:

  • EMAIL YOUR ADMISSIONS OFFICERS: If you haven’t yet reached out to the admissions officer for your area from your school, I suggest you do so. Don’t be afraid of introducing yourself and asking any questions you might have.

VIRTUAL AND LIVE VISITS AND TOURS: Go on a college tour and info session hosted by the college for every college you’re applying to. Be sure to sign up with your college email. If you’re planning to apply to Plan 2 at UT Austin or other honors programs (especially at UT Austin), be sure to go on those tours too. Take notes! You’ll want to mention something specific from the tour in your supplemental essays.

  • NACAC VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIRS link’s here

SENIOR YEAR COURSE LIST: SENIOR YEAR COURSE LIST: Make sure your senior year course list has all the courses you need for the colleges you’re applying to. Most highly selective colleges like to see:

  • 4 years of English

COMMON APP, SCOIR COALITION APP, and APPLY TEXAS: Start filling out the basic information if you haven’t yet. For Apply Texas, you only need to fill it out once for your first school, then when you’ve completed that application, you copy it to start your second school.

COVID-19 ESSAY: Should you write it or not? Read this info to make the decision. Tulane Blog , Georgia Tech Blog , My Summary of “Statement from over 300 College Deans,” Common App Statement

WHY MAJOR, WHY COLLEGE, WHY EC SUPPLEMENTS: For schools that have why college or why major essays, be sure you are doing your research (professors — maybe even reach out to one, programs, classes, clubs, read the school newspaper, etc.)

LOOKING AHEAD — SOME SUGGESTED INTERNAL DEADLINES: This can help you with planning as you think more about the fall semester.

  • TAMU (Business or Engineering — or if you’re not top 10% in-state): before September 20

BOOKS: Time to Research and Read! If you haven’t yet gotten these books, I suggest you start reading them now: The Fiske Guide to College Admissions, Colleges That Change Lives, and Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be .

MY SOCIAL MEDIA: I encourage you to follow me on Instagram (@admissionsmom), — and maybe even Reddit (u/admissionsmom). You’ll find that I’m doling out lots of daily advice there and most of it will be geared towards seniors this fall.

MY WORKSHOPS: I have a few free LiveStream workshops coming up! You can find a bit about each of them down below. If you’d like more information about any of the workshops ahead of time, you can email me at admissionsmoma2c@gmail.com.

  • Supplemental Essay Workshop (THIS Sunday, September 18, 11 AM Central): YouTube, Twitch

BREATHE: Take time to sit back and take a big deep breath. You’re not running a race here, and for most of the colleges on your list, you have plenty of time. Remember to focus on where you are in the process — not where you think you should be or where your friends or the others are. And YOU’ve got this!

OK! That’s it for now. I think I’ve droned on enough, but I’ll be back in about a month with an October update!

I think that’s enough info for now!

Good luck and stay amazing,

Carolyn (AdmissionsMom)

Originally published at https://admissionsmom.college on September 14, 2022.

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College Admissions Consultant. Mindfulness in College Admissions. Author: Hey AdmissionsMom: Real Talk from Reddit. www.admissionsmom.college

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College Admissions Consultant. Mindfulness in College Admissions. Author: Hey AdmissionsMom: Real Talk from Reddit. www.admissionsmom.college