Senior year. Many students imagine it’s an entire year dedicated enjoying notable lasts – last football game, last school play, last team dinner, last dance – and to saying farewell to dear friends. Not many students envision all of the work that goes into the year that has a lazy syndrome named after it – Senioritis!
In this episode of The College Checklist Podcast, Ian Fisher from College Coach walks us through all of the steps of the senior year college checklist – starting the summer before senior year. This is a comprehensive look at what college-bound families should be considering as they move forward and cross the college admissions finish line.
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About Ian Fisher
Ian Fisher is a college consultant at College Coach, a division of Bright Horizon Family Solutions. His expertise as a college consultant comes from many years spent in admissions at his alma mater – Reed College. Ian holds his masters in Education Policy from Stanford.
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Email Ian: Ian [dot] Fisher [at] getintocollege [dot] com
“You can put yourself in a good position and be ahead of the game if you start working on your college applications over the summer before your senior year.”
“The summer is also the time to start on the essay. The more personal the student makes his or her easy the more you are able to learn about that student. You want to have your essays done before you begin your senior year.”
“Make sure your grades and performance is just as good as it has always been in the first semester of your senior year.”
“Get letters of recommendation in your academic classes, ideally from teachers from your junior year.”
“After the admission applications are in it is important to make sure you meet the financial aid application deadlines.”
Lightning Round Q&A
Q1: What’s your best piece of advice for families as they begin this journey?
A1: Ask as many questions as you can at the beginning of this journey.
Q2: What is your favorite college admissions book, blog, or tool that no family should be without?
A2: Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope*
Q3: What should a family who is overwhelmed by the college admissions process focus on?
A3: Break the process in to smaller chunks.
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