Answers for juniors about the college process

Barakah Quader, Staff Writer

What’s the difference between early decision and early action?
Early decision is when you apply early to a school, and if you get accepted, you must go (unless you deem the financial aid insufficient and the tuition unaffordable). Basically, if you have commitment issues, early decision is not for you.
Early action, on the other hand, has the benefit of knowing whether or not you’re in college without being bound to the college. If you get accepted early action, you can make your final decision after you receive your status from your regular applications.

Should you apply early?
This depends on a number of factors. If you apply early, usually colleges only see your grades up till junior year (unless they request to view your senior midterm grades) and any SAT scores taken before November of senior year. This means that you should be confident about your grades and SAT score if you want to apply early because if you get rejected, you cannot apply again during that academic year.
Another factor that you should consider before applying for early decision in particular is financial aid. Many people choose to wait and apply regular because they want to compare their financial aid packages from various schools.

How many times should you take the SAT/ACT?
Ideally, take it 2-3 times. Of course, if you do well on your first try, there’s no need to take it again.

How many subject tests should we take? And which ones?
This depends on the school that you’re applying to. One big thing you should start researching before senior year is the SAT II test requirements for all the schools you’re interested in. You don’t want to find out as a senior that you can’t apply to a school because you didn’t take the Math II….

What’s the difference between deferral and rejection?
A deferral means that you’re still in the game(IT’S NOT A REJECTION). Getting an acceptance would be awesome, but deferrals are a reality. If you’re deferred, don’t fret too much; the colleges think that you have some potential and want to make the decision after comparing you to the regular decision pool and seeing your senior year grades.
A rejection, though, can be really depressing but don’t let it mess up your groove.

How to deal with deferral?
Once you’re done eating ice cream straight out of the bucket and angrily asking the world why the school didn’t want you, send the school an email. Tell them about what you’ve done since you applied and why you’re interested in attending. If the school allows, you can also send another recommendation to them so that they can learn more about you.

How to deal with rejection –from your first choice school?
I’ve found that people are often really happy/satisfied with the school that they end up going to even if it wasn’t originally a first choice school. And if you really don’t like your future school, try to transfer the following year. I’ve sketchily peered into Mr. Clark’s office and watched him help graduated Winsor students with the transfer process.

How to deal with acceptance?
Okay, seriously, don’t go around bragging about it. Remember: as awesome as it is that you got accepted, you need to keep in mind that you have classmates who may have gotten rejected from the same schools.

How to support each other during the process?
Angst. So much angst. Please be nice to each other. Everyone’s stressed and freaking out, so there really is no need to add to the madness that is senior fall.

How many colleges/universities should you apply to?
How many essays are you willing to write?

How should you start choosing colleges?
I think that this is actually a tough question. I know what I want to major in so I started by researching schools that were strong in that department. If you know what you are interested in studying in college, I think that that’s a good way to start. Winsor also has information sessions from varying colleges and going to the info sessions can also help you decide which colleges you like. Try talking to you parents, siblings who’ve gone through the process, college counselors, and teachers as well about where they see you or what colleges they think you should look more into.

Which colleges are allergy conscious?

I’m not going to list all the colleges that are allergy conscious. If you’re interested in a school, you can Google that and figure it out yourself.

Other advice?
-Finish your applications early, kid. It’s no fun racing the clock to finish an application for one of the most important things in your life.
-Have fun writing the essays– yes, writing the essays can be fun.
-Do interviews when you can; it’s a great way for colleges to put a face to the application.

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