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The Junior College Preparation

With numerous Ivy League colleges and universities from all around the world congratulating members of the Class of ‘15 on their acceptance, the time has arrived for the Class of ‘16 juniors to begin their college application process.

“I feel like I’m still a freshman. Time just flew by. It feels like only yesterday when we did the transition ceremony from middle school to high school, and the fact that we’re now preparing for college is mind-blowing,” admitted Kevin Seo (’16), a junior who attended the college information assembly at the PAC on Tuesday February 3, 2015. Kevin wasn’t alone. The rest of the juniors, also a bit shakened and quite nervous, were welcomed by the college admission counselors: Mr. Jacobusse, Mr. Bullock, Ms. Toms, and  Ms. Abukazam.

During the half hour assembly, the juniors were introduced to the wide variety of colleges and universities that await them and the research that should be done to properly select the path that best suits them. Rankings and the status of the schools commonly define what a ‘good college’ is to the majority of the students at KIS, partially because of the ridiculously high standards and the impressive acceptance rates of the KIS alumni. Hopefully, the assembly broadened the scope of potential dream schools and enlightened the juniors with hope and refined interests.

In addition to the in-school assembly on Tuesday, a PTO meeting was held after school on Thursday February 5, 2015, inviting both students and parents to learn in depth about the college application process.

From the information released to the juniors so far, here’s what they should and would be doing from this very moment on until they receive that coveted acceptance letter:

  1. For those who have not yet completed their Senior Portfolios, replies must be submitted as soon as possible. Counselors will be using the responses to create a plan that is specific to your personality and goals.
  2. Along with the Senior Portfolio, there is a separate survey targeting parents. Parents may have additional information about your qualities that you may be unaware of, and counselors need to know.
  3. Begin considering who to receive recommendation letters from—perhaps from two teachers, one from the science/math department and another from the English/social studies department.
  4. Start creating a list of colleges/universities to apply to and consider the following:
    1. co-op programs
    2. one class schedules
    3. Greek systems
    4. majors
    5. location of the school
    6. mass of student body
    7. class structures
  5. Research in depth about the colleges/universities that you are interested in. Find out if they have specific applications or requirements. Oftentimes, it will differ among schools.
  6. Think about potential topics for your essay. Making a first impression is critical, and an early start can be nothing but beneficial.
  7. Update your resume! Naviance will be the center of your college application process. Fill in your accomplishments, your test scores, anything to make you stand out as an individual.

College is but another transition from the safe boundaries of high school to the real world, similar to the transition that Kevin Seo mentioned above, from middle to high school. Taking that step comfortably and confidently is the greatest priority and will reflect in the best results. Good luck to all!

– Becky Yang (’16)
Header: Agência Brasil

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