Letter with Dear written on it & pen

Dear High School Seniors: 

Hooray for you! It seems like yesterday that you were just stepping foot into high school! Just ask

Hooray for you! It seems like yesterday that you were just stepping foot into high school! Just ask your parents! 

As you await your final decisions for university or Gap Year, your story isn’t over. You have a few things to accomplish, aside from staying focused and doing well on all your exams from finals, AP and IBs. 

Here is your list of things to do: 

Now and in May

  • If you are an IB or AP student, you will be taking your exams in May. Set up a study schedule.
  • Once you determine where you are going to attend university, let your school counselor know. Also, let your school counselor know all the places you were accepted. Let your Independent Educational Consultant know as well. 
  • If you have been using your school address for university contact, change your address-your high school address will not be valid after a certain time
  • Remember to thank everyone for all the support and assistance you have received throughout the application process: school counselor, those who wrote your Letters of Recommendation, any favorite teachers you have, and of course, your parents. A thank you note often suffices, but a box of chocolates is a great way to say thank you! 

Summer Nuts and Bolts

  • Remember to check your email for school orientation
  • Determine your meal plan
  • Shop for dorm and supplies for school
  • Insurance
  • Sending in official transcripts to the school you have committed to-while your school does this, it is your responsibility to see that it is done
  • Send any dual enrollment or college transcripts
  • Send AP/IB results to your university-your responsibility
  • Be sure you have a medical check up before leaving home with appropriate updated vaccines

Things to do Before Stepping Foot on Campus

  • Find out who your adviser is and schedule an appointment
  • Review college’s schedule of classes or catalog
  • Register for classes 
  • Sign up for any placement tests if necessary
  • If you need accommodations: schedule an appointment with Disability Services and have paperwork ready to submit
  • Collect and make available medical information you might need: allergies, past medical conditions, take a photo of this information and store it in your phone
  • Research various services offered to you on campus: career center, Health Center/Counseling, Recreation Centers, Financial Aid Office, Writing Center/Tutoring Center, Computer Labs, Hillel, etc
  • Meet your roommate (this may happen before school starts) and sort out who is bringing what to the dorm

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