Senior News

Following are Senior Tidbits from senior advisor Myra Ross:

  • Congratulations on having completed 30% of your senior year!
  • If you have not met with me this year, please make an appointment ASAP.  It is not too late.  You do not need to complete the senior questionnaire in Naviance to make the appointment.
  • If you have not yet met with your counselor regarding your recommendation, you must make an appointment to do that ASAP.  We have a lot of recommendations to write and cannot do all of them at the last minute.  Recommendations may not be written on time if you don’t give us at least two weeks to do them.
  • If you have not already done so, see the teachers who have agreed to write recommendations for you to be sure they have what they need from you.  Their deadline for uploading your recommendations is Monday, December 11.  Please remind them of this deadline.
  • BE SURE TO SEND YOUR TEST SCORES OFFICIALLY FROM THE TESTING COMPANY!  You do not want to be the first kid on your block to be denied because a college never got your test scores.  Believe me, it happens.  If you are taking a December test, you should probably send the scores (four free) before you see them.  If you are on free/reduced lunch and took the test with a fee waiver, you get eight colleges free.
  • Don’t forget to match your Common Application to your Naviance account.  There’s a blue box in “Colleges I’m Applying to” that requires your Common Application e-mail address and confirmation of your date of birth.  You must do the match if you are using the Common Application.  Remember, it will not work until you have put at least one college into the Common Application and completed the FERPA waiver.
  • Remember to turn in your signed lime green release form ASAP or we won’t be able to send anything to colleges on your behalf.  It’s the easiest thing to do, and it’s of critical importance.
  • WHEN YOU PUT YOUR COLLEGES INTO NAVIANCE, DON’T FORGET TO REQUEST A TRANSCRIPT SEPARATELY.  BE SURE THAT THE DEADLINE SHOWS (unless the college does rolling admission).  IF IT DOESN’T, YOU PROBABLY DID SOMETHING WRONG.  CHECK THE COLLEGE WEBSITE TO BE SURE OF THE NAME OF THE APPLICATION TYPE YOU ARE USING.
  • Do you have any colleges with January 1 deadlines that you have not entered into Naviance “Colleges I’m Applying to?”  If so, it’s almost time to put them in.  The deadline for this is Monday, December 4.  The deadline for listing colleges with January 15 deadlines is Monday, December 18.  Please don’t miss these deadlines.  If you need to add a college after these dates, please tell a Guidance secretary.
  • The UMass regular decision deadline is Friday, January 15.  Deadline for all credentials (including official test scores) is Monday, February 1, no exceptions.  Remember to send scores officially from the testing companies.  Most of you should apply.
  • Remember to list all of your colleges in the Common Application as well as in Naviance.  Both steps are required in order for electronic transfers of school materials to work.
  • If you applied early decision, please be sure to have your back-up plan in Naviance by Monday, December 4.  (Remember that a back-up plan must include several colleges that are less selective than the one you applied to already; you will not need the back-up plan if you are admitted!)  For now, list the colleges but do not request the transcript.  If you are deferred or denied, you will only need to go into Naviance and request the transcript.  It is important for you to know what you will do if your first choice doesn’t work out in December.  Many of your other deadlines will be in early or mid-January.  Experience has shown me that it is better for you to take time to develop the plan now when you are thinking clearly than to try to do it when you are upset after having been deferred or denied.  It’s not fun to think about that, but if it happens to you, you will likely be glad you developed the plan fully.
  • Once you have submitted an application to a college, check its status frequently to see that all materials have been received.  The best way to do that is to log onto the application tracker on their website.  If two weeks have passed since you submitted, you can call the Admissions Office to have them check your file.  If they say they are still missing an item, come into the Guidance Office and we will fax whatever they have not located.  Colleges lose materials all the time.  Don’t worry about this!
  • The financial aid PPT used by Mr. Ellison in last week’s Advisory assembly has been loaded into the Naviance Document Library, under Senior Documents.

 

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