Applying to college can seem and feel like a daunting process. You might not even know where and how to start! Here are some things for you to know and that might help you be prepared in applying for college! Remember that everyone’s timeline, process, and deadlines can look different depending on the circumstances of the student.
This process will be so much better if you start early! We recommend starting as soon as you can, but by the beginning of your junior year should be the latest you begin this process! Check out some tips below! Click here for a detailed checklist of what needs to be done for senior year in high school.
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- When asking for a letter of recommendation from someone, you are really asking for a favor! It is appropriate and courteous to give an envelope pre-stamped and addressed to the school already. This makes it super easy for your writer to write a letter and will leave a great impression and experience for them in doing this for you!
- If the person has to submit this letter electronically, make sure you give them the instructions of how to do that clearly via email.
- If the person you have asked have not responded to you about whether they can write you a letter or not, it is not rude to remind them and check in with them to see if they can still write this letter for you. If they can no longer write you a letter, ask someone else. This is why it is so important to ask early and have a list of back-ups.
- After the person has written a letter for recommendation for you, make sure to send a thank you note to them!
- Once you start you senior year, you will get super busy with applying to colleges, so make sure to set reminders of when college and scholarship applications are due. You can either do this on your phone, on a physical calendar, or on a planner.