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Every prospective college student understands that extracurricular activities have traditionally played a pivotal role in boosting an applicant’s status in the competition for college admission. Institutions of higher learning are looking for well-rounded individuals, students who are motivated to devote time to pursuits beyond academia. These are the students who represent their colleges well, and who become steadfast alumni.
With so much at stake, schools are already announcing plans to continue either virtual or hybrid classes for the foreseeable future.
At this point in the academic year, IECs typically have their hands full – reviewing mid-year transcripts, awaiting SAT scores, sometimes visiting schools where they hope to place a student – but not in 2020. With the shadow of COVID-19 hovering over the nation, K-12 schools are closed, and only “essential” staff is on the job at most higher learning institutions. As a result, preparations for the 2021 college admission cycle have ground to a halt virtually overnight.
How to be Successful in the Game of College Planning: Why You Should Begin No Later Than Your Junior Year
College planning can sometimes feel like a high-stakes game – a couple of wrong moves, and you get benched without warning. When it comes to choosing a college, there’s a lot riding on your decisions, but there’s no need to panic. The secret to scoring a win is TIME. Being proactive with your college planning during junior year is a smart move; read on to find out WHY and HOW.
Winter break is almost upon us. As much as you need (and deserve) some downtime, consider dedicating part of your free time to college planning. A few hours wisely invested now can prevent a lot of aggravation down the road. Whether you are deep into college planning already or just beginning that journey, following these suggestions, specifically timed to coincide with the college application schedule, will help you reap the maximum benefit from your efforts.