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Your Guide for High School Tips and Preparing for College

When I was in high school, we used to argue about when you become a senior. Does it happen the second you walk off campus on the last day of your junior year? Or do you have to wait in summer limbo, becoming a senior only when you return for classes the fall? Now that I’m an admissions counselor, I can say definitively that your senior year starts in the summer. And why? Because you have so much you need to do to prepare yourself for the coming fall: coaxing nascent essay drafts into riveting final copies; shaving your college list down from twenty to the final seven to twelve to which you’ll apply;  organizing yourself for your final year of high school and the transition to college.

If it sounds like a lot, that’s because it is. But items on your to-do list will come one at a time, and if you get yourself educated and organized there’s no reason you can’t blow up in your senior year. In February, I joined Lauren Gaggioli on The College Checklist podcast, and we talked through senior year from summer to summer. Now that you’ve graduated to your final year of high school, pour yourself a cup of coffee and have a listen. Congratulations, by the way. You have just one year to go!



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Written by Ian Fisher
Ian Fisher is an experienced educational consultant, part of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Ian received his master’s in policy, organization, and leadership studies from the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Prior to joining College Coach, Ian worked as a senior admissions officer at Reed College.