ü Seniors should make an appointment to see their counselor early in the fall to discuss post-secondary plans.
ü Informational interviews and job shadowing are an excellent way to explore career possibilities. Students who are undecided about college majors and programs may want to contact community and family members who hold positions in careers of interest.
ü College visits are an important part of the application process. Students are encouraged to schedule visits while colleges are in session whenever possible. Many small, competitive colleges also require interviews, which can be scheduled during a visit.
ü When researching colleges, students are encouraged to look beyond New England to maximize options.
ü Students need to maintain strong grades during senior year, as this will affect college admission decisions. Students are encouraged to select a strong course load while maintaining a balance between school and extracurricular activities.
ü Parents of students with learning disabilities should be aware of eligibility forms for extended times on testing. College support services vary in quality. Families should explore individual programs offered and talk with counselors about resources.
ü The college process can sometimes be a stressful time for families. Establish a regular weekly check-in time to discuss plans and process information. Setting deadlines and creating checklists may be helpful. If communication problems arise, please feel free to contact your child’s counselor.
ü Students should pay close attention to updated scholarship listings posted on Naviance.