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20 Things High School Seniors Should Be Doing Now
Time is running out for high school seniors, who will soon be overwhelmed with college applications. Teenagers will be less stressed if they take advantage of the last month of summer to get a jump on the college admission process.
Here are 20 things they can be doing now:
1. Learn what the difference between a college and a university is before you complete your college list.
2. Read The Thinking Student's Guide to College: 75 Tips. This book by a professor at Northwestern University explains the critical differences between colleges and universities and also shares lots of ways to squeeze the most out of your future college experience.
3. Look for net price calculators on the websites of the colleges on your list. Many schools have already installed these calculators and all must have them up and running by the end of October.
4. Check out in-house scholarships that colleges offer via Cappex.
5. Learn the difference between applying early decision and early action.
6. Decide if you're going to apply early decision, which can boost your admission odds at many schools. The New York Times published the 2010 early admission stats of many schools on its college blog.
7. Start your college essay today.
8. Get inspired by looking at some cool opening lines from winning college essays from Stanford University.
9. Read college essay tips from a pro.
10. Try to boost your ACT or SAT scores one last time. Register for the next SAT test date and ACT test date date.
11. Want to study in a group for the SAT? Sign up for a free account at Grockit.
12. Visit the websites of colleges and sign up for marketing materials at the admission home pages.
13. Research colleges, including majors, graduation rates, tuition, financial aid, freshmen retention rates and more at the federal College Navigator.
14. Not sure what schools offer your potential major? College Navigator can help with that too. Click on the map of the US icon on the home page and find schools in the states you specify.
15. Sign up for Zinch and Cappex, which are online matchmaking sites for colleges and students.
16. Visit colleges. Some students wait until their acceptance letters arrive before visiting colleges, but I think you're better off visiting first.
17. If you can't visit, check out virtual campus tours that many colleges post on their websites.
18. Look to see if any students at colleges on your list have posted reviews of their schools onUnigo.
19. Write down application and financial aid deadlines on a calendar for schools that interest you.
20. Check your odds of admission success with the College Chances tool at COLLEGEdata.
Words of Wisdom from Leaders
"A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves." --Lao Tzu
"Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile." --Vince Lombardi
― Martin Luther King Jr.
“Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don't just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won't happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you'll love it up here.” Donald Trump