Senior College Check-up

October 9, 2018

As senior year starts up, many of us have a very similar topic on our mind: college. Yes, there are many steps that must be completed before entering the wild world of college; but fear not, help is on the way. Here at South, there is an amazing team of people who want to help get you on the right track to college. These people include your counselors, the Future Center team, Meredith Barrow, or pretty much any staff member you can think of.

If you haven’t already, you should be asking your teachers for their letters of recommendation, requesting transcripts, applying to scholarships, and starting on your college essay. In order to request your teacher’s letter of recommendation and have your transcripts sent you must fill out a form which can be found in the Future Center. After you have given the forms to your teacher for their letter of recommendation, you will go into Naviance where you will request your letter of recommendation which will be written and sent to you through Naviance.  

The Future Center is a great resource here at South that can help with any questions or concerns you may have about college. “You can always come down to the future center and talk to myself or Ms. Salem and we can try to help you find things that are relevant to you.” Dante Bills, the college advisor here at south says. There has already been a senior night and a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) info session to help inform parents and students about the application  process and ways to get money to help with tuition. Along with this, both Ms. Salem and Mr. Dante have been going around to english classes to inform students about the deadlines and application processes. The Future Center is a fantastic place to go if you have any questions whatsoever about college or the process of applying. If you are ever feeling stressed, confused, or need more information, the Future Center will have all the resources you will need.

When applying to schools, you should not be applying to any more than eight colleges. “At that point you would just be applying to apply.” Dante says, “It is important to apply to some schools that you are confident you will get in to but it is also important to have a couple schools that are a reach.” Some schools are more difficult to get into than others, so by having a list of schools that you are confident you will get in to, you will have a backup plan incase your dream school doesn’t work out. It is always important to be aware of deadlines. Early action applications are typically due November 1st or 15th and regular decision which will be due anywhere from mid-January to mid-February, depending on the school. Being aware of these deadlines is important so you make sure you are able to apply to the schools you want to go to.

College may seem like a scary thing but there is an incredible team of people here at South that want to help you and guide you through every step of the way. If you ever have any questions or concerns, the Future Center is a fantastic resource that can help with anything related to college. Remember, if you are ever feeling stressed, take a deep breath, take the process one step at a time, and realize it isn’t as difficult as is may seem.