Senior Year Checklist
- Ask a parent to help you stay organized.
- Get a calendar or planner and fill in important dates.
- Get an accordion folder with dividers and a calendar. Divide into "Finished Applications", "Unfinished Applications", "Resume", "Letters of Recommendation", "Scholarships", "Financial Information", consider using a digital calendar or spreadsheet. MAKE COPIES OF EVERYTHING!
- Make a list of schools you would like to apply to, including a “reach” school and a “safety” school as well as 3 or 4 good fit schools. Go online and get a list of all deadlines-mark them on your calendar. Plan your official college visits.
- Download applications from your schools and fill them out. That way, when you go online to do the actual application, you have all the information you need at your fingertips. This makes subsequent applications much easier.
- Put together a student resume that includes information about your academics, extra-curricular activities, sports, clubs, offices, volunteer work, community involvement and work history. Ask at the College & Career Center how to rank your activities best. Start early!
- Ask for letters of recommendation from teachers, administrators, etc. Give them a copy of your resume when you do this so they can write a more informed letter. Be sure to make copies for futures needs. Give people two weeks to get them back to you…don’t wait until the last minute. Be sure to thank them.
- Get a copy of last year’s FAFSA form and find out what sort of information you will need from your parents. The new forms will be available online October 1, but having the information early will help you stay organized.
- Visit the Scholarship link on the guidance web page often to check for scholarships. Mark the deadlines on your calendar and don’t wait until the last day to fill them out!
- Start your essays/personal statements. Ask an English teacher for help and proofreading. The essays are very important and should be crafted to set you apart from the rest of the people competing for those spots.
Remember the old saying, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” Translation: yes, this is a big job, but if you break it into small bits, you can do it!