Making Big Decisions
It’s the beginning of April, and with it a time of big decisions. For high school seniors across the country, it’s a time of deliberation and decision; the National Candidate’s Reply Deadline for most colleges and universities looms ahead on May 1, and while many may have already made their college decisions, there are many more who are still considering and making their choice every day.
What to do when you want to do everything
Some people have known exactly what they wanted to do for a long time. They know, with 100% certainty, what career they want to have and what college major they need to get there. I am not some people. I also suspect that you are not that person. You likely have many interests and careers that you’re considering, and you can’t figure out how you’re supposed to distill all of that into one college major. As someone who has definitely been there, done that, you should know that you have several different options in college that will help you meet those different interests (whatever they may be). Here’s a few…
Like many people, I am a big fan of the idea of space. It started, for me, with learning all the names of the planets through a Blue’s Clues song (and yes, Pluto was still a planet at that point) and then graduated into science fiction novels and films. I follow NASA and other research teams on social media and keep up with new research findings, even when I don’t entirely understand them.
The Real Questions
I recently participated on a panel offering advice to prospective students on their college search process. During this panel, we spoke about the value of finding your fit–the idea that identifying the colleges that you can see yourself thriving in will contribute to success during and after college. After a few of us made this point, a student unmuted and asked, “But how can you tell if a college is a good fit for you?”
Let’s address the elephant in the room for high school seniors: as you begin your final semester of high school, it’s not necessarily the most relaxing time in your life. In addition to, well, finding out admission decisions, figuring out financial aid, and making your final college choice, you’re also finishing out your high school experience. Oh, and also, doing it in a resurgence of COVID-19 variants.
You Pushed Submit…Now What?
Demystifying the Agnes Scott application process You’ve done it! You put in all your activities, did a final proofread of your essay, gave your most passionate and perfect answer for “Why Agnes Scott?” and you are ready to hit that submit button to send off your college application. Your hand hovers over the submit button. You look at it. It looks at you (in an anthropomorphized fashion). And you wonder: what happens after I push this button? It’s a big question: college applications do seem more than a bit mysterious. You submit all that work, you wait for an unspecified amount of time, and eventually you get a letter back…
Making Your College Application Shine
Top tips from Agnes Scott admission counselors on standing out in the application process The college application process is overwhelming. We’re not here to pretend that it isn’t. We do our best to make it as easy as possible, but when you are applying to multiple colleges and universities, each with its own application, required documents, and deadlines, it becomes a lot to keep up with. That’s why we want to give you our top tips on the college application process. We’re going to be focusing these tips on the Agnes Scott College admission process, which means we will be primarily talking about the Common Application. However, keep in mind…
Preparing for a College Fair
Ways to make the most out of your college fair experience As you start to approach your senior year, you will probably, at least once, have the opportunity to attend a college fair. Whether the fair is in-person or virtual, attending college fairs is a great way to get an idea of what kinds of colleges are out there, as well as ask your important questions to figure out if a school should go on your list for further consideration. To help you make the most out of your college fair experience, here are our best tips for college fairs: 1. Review the list of colleges and universities attending in…
What is test optional admissions, and why does it matter?
Why Agnes Scott is a test optional college, the changes we’re making to our policy and how test optional admissions can (and should) be considered in your college search and decision process. As a Scottie and a long-time staff member of the admission office at Agnes Scott, one of the aspects of our admission process that is most important to me is our test optional policy, which was introduced over ten years ago. Creating an equitable admission process is important to Agnes Scott and our mission, and one aspect of our process removing barriers that students may have in their way to applying to Agnes Scott is test scores. Standardized…
Welcoming Summer: Tips to be more productive this summer (for a happier you in fall)
This message goes out to all of the rising high school seniors. Let’s be honest with ourselves: your junior year wasn’t exactly ideal. Nor was the end of your sophomore year. We’ve finally made it to summer, and hopefully you get to take a break and relax. For those of you who read the title of this post and immediately groaned, let me say it now: I get it. The past year has been stressful. You want to relax, hang out with friends, and do things you couldn’t do in the height of the pandemic. What you don’t want is some admission person telling you that you need to work…