Admit it. The college admissions process is not simple and procrastination adds ample stress. If you’re the parent of a rising high school senior and you are either avoiding the subject of college or unmotivated about exploring the process, you have a long road ahead. Crisp Consulting + Coaching would like to offer the following summer targets that will set your college-bound student on the road to admissions success:
Target letters of recommendation. Before school gets out, ask two teachers in core subject areas if they are willing to write you a strong letter of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be strong and demonstrate both your character and academic vigor. Ask teachers to be your advocate. These teachers will appreciate being asked in the spring, before the onslaught of fall requests.
Target an activities vita and brag sheet. Well-designed activity vitas and brag sheets have myriad uses: applications, interviews, letters of recommendations and scholarships. A simple design can effectively convey the athletics, clubs, volunteer opportunities and work that have filled your time outside of the classroom. Be sure to include summer study programs, employment history and special honors. Providing information that explains how you filled your free time will strongly position you in the admissions process.
Target list. Narrow your college application list to 7- 10 schools. This list should target colleges that meet the best academic, social and financial fit. Avoid classifying these schools as safeties, reaches or sure things. Your list should be about fit, and the better crafted your list, the more likely your time and effort spent will result in admissions success.
Target contacts. Although fall is the ideal time for campus visits, summer visits also produce insightful tours resulting in a greater understanding of college campuses. Most universities have full summer semesters and host unique summer programs. Contact your regional admissions representative to introduce yourself and determine when the most ideal visit should be. Your regional representative will be a great resource and advocate in the admissions process.
Target dates. Students should be finished with all application testing at the completion of their junior year. If you need to take the ACT, SAT or SAT Subject Tests in the fall, make sure to sign up for the next available testing date. Contact Crisp Consulting + Coaching and Mindspire Test Prep for test prep that produces results. Also, if you plan to apply for Early Action or Early Decision, you’ll need to submit test results from the September and October test dates.
Crisp Consulting + Coaching is offering a one-week college application seminar in Raleigh, NC and Bronxville, NY during the summer of 2012. During this five-day seminar, students will complete their college applications and create a defined list of best fitting colleges. This is a great way to prepare for admissions success before the start of your senior year. Registration can be started here.
Brian D. Crisp is an independent educational consultant with Crisp Consulting + Coaching who works with families in Asheville, Charleston, Raleigh-Durham and Savannah to optimize and realize their unique educational fit for admissions success. As a former professor, administrator and teacher, Brian has the knowledge and skills to counsel families in all aspects of educational planning.