WHAT TO DO NOW:
1. GRADES. Yes, senior year grades DO count. Don't slack off now! Sometimes senior year grades can make or break your chances of admission.
2. SAT's and ACT's. If you haven't taken your SAT's and/or ACT's, or you want to take them again, you still have (a little) time! Following are links to sign up for both tests. If you need a fee waiver, please see me.
3. FINALIZE YOUR COLLEGE LIST. To ensure that you have college options for next year, you should have a good mix of "reach", "possible" and "likely" schools. (REACH= A college that typically admits students who have higher test scores and GPA than you have- but may be looking for someone just like you. POSSIBLE=A college that you fit the admission criteria for, but of course is not a guarantee. LIKELY: A college that you will likely get into based on their requirements for admission.)
4. CHECK THE REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH COLLEGE YOU ARE APPLYING TO. Every college has a different set of requirements that change from year to year. Make sure to check with each school to make sure you have everything you need.
5. TALK TO YOUR TEACHERS ABOUT RECOMMENDATIONS. Now is the time to ask teachers for college recommendations. Tip: Don't ask a teacher who doesn't know you well! Sometimes the best recommendations are from teachers who have witnessed you try- not necessarily succeed. Colleges want to read recommendations that talk about YOU as a person, not solely your test scores and grades.
6. SCHOLARSHIPS. I will be sending you a separate email with scholarship opportunities. In the meantime, talk to your family about completing taxes early. The FAFSA, which determines your need-based financial aid becomes available on January 1st More information to come on this later, but here is the website if you are interested http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/