Welcome to Senior Year
Time Line of Events
What you need to working on:
- Research – If you have not begun the college/ career search now is the time. There are various web-sites and books available look at our resource page for a start.
- Resume building – now is the time to start resume building – take an inventory of what you have done organize it using the Student Activity Worksheet included in this packet.
- Volunteer – take time out to volunteer in any way that you can through local community groups, school clubs or through churches. Colleges love to see extracurricular participation on your resume – so if you are not working try volunteering.
- College Visits – If you have an idea of where you might want to go take a visit. Many colleges offer open houses, check their web-sites for details. Take notes and ask questions.
- Begin application Process – Now is the time to start asking teachers for those letters or recommendations – DON’T WAIT FOR THE LAST MINUTE – some teachers get overwhelmed with requests.
- SAT & ACT Testing – Make sure that your scores are sent to the colleges of your choice and HAHS!
- Start your personal essays – most colleges will look for a personal statement of some kind – so take the time and start creating a draft.
- Register for the NCAA Clearing house – if you are planning to play in NCAA sports and didn’t register as a junior this is the time.
Senior Year - September/ October
- Credit Check - Guidance will review with each senior what courses they have chosen and double check they have met graduation requirements up to this point.
- Start Applying - start applying to the colleges you have selected. Narrow your choices to a few schools – remember application fees can add up – look to the colleges for waiving fees especially for those that are your first choice.
- List requirements – All schools have prerequisites – make a list and follow directions – create folders and keep things organized. Finalize essays.
- PAY ATTENTION TO DEADLINES
- Continue to call or visit schools.
- Register to take or retake SAT, SAT Subject Test (if needed) & ACT – See what your school requires. FAFSA Forms - will become available at this time – you can apply via internet at fafsa.gov. Tax information will be needed.
- Review scholarship folders – Scholarships are available in guidance & library.
- Send applications – Review applications make sure all requirements are met and all proper documentation was sent (transcripts, letters of rec., test scores, essays, portfolios, etc)
- Meet early decision and early action deadlines
January / February
- Send out Applications/Midterm Grades – Many colleges have deadlines at this time – please check your applications – also many colleges will request mid-term grades - make sure any required forms are sent to guidance.
- Maintain Senior Grades – Colleges can rescind their acceptances!
- Keep up the Scholarship Search
- Register for AP exams if you are taking AP classes.
- Watch for letters of acceptance – Let us know when you are accepted and hold on to letters.
- Review scholarships - Folders are in the Guidance resource room. PAY ATTENTION TO CRITERIA & DEADLINES
- Follow acceptance instructions carefully – Pay attention to financial packages and housing arrangements.
- Talk with Counselors - We will help you with majors/ career choice to see what best fits your interests and abilities.
- Start a Budget – Work with your parents and college financial aid office to secure loans, grants or other forms of payment methods for housing, books, supplies etc.
- Graduation plans begin – Watch for senior class meetings to explain upcoming school events to prepare for graduation.
- Scholarships – Local scholarships are available and/or due at this time.
- PROM TIME! Enjoy!
- Distinguished Grads and Awards Ceremony – Congratulations to all attendees.
- Finalize plans for college – Send in fees or payments to hold your spot.
- Tie up loose ends- If money is owed for books or library dues - please pay the office.
- McBride will give you your immunization records, please keep these records – very important documents!
- Watch for graduation practice dates and graduation packets for ceremony information
- Final transcripts – please let your counselor know if you need them sent to your college or place of employment.
- Senior Survey – all seniors are required to fill out this survey so we can keep record of your future plans and accomplishments.