November 1st was an important deadline for high school seniors across the country applying for college. More likely than not, they spent the days leading up to it frantically reviewing and revising essays and triple-checking their common application for mistakes they had already fixed weeks before. At this point, most students believe that the application process is done and all that remains is to sit and wait in anticipation of decisions that won’t be released for another five months but there is so much more to do during this vital period than stressing over something they can’t control.
College Applicants Are Not Done!
For a lot of students, the last 4 years have been all about resume building with a focus on acceptance into their dream school. Now they’ve done everything they can on that front so their efforts need to turn to what’s next. After college applications have been submitted, students have the freedom to apply for scholarships and continue to participate in valuable activities. Most schools allow students to submit additional content even after the admissions deadline has passed and while this shouldn’t be relied on, it can be a good way to add additional experiences to their application and to make sure the people working in admissions can put a voice to a name.
Community Service and Volunteer Work
Community service and volunteer work are a great way to show off a student’s commitment, interests, and skills all at once. They shouldn’t stop volunteering once their applications are submitted, nor should they stop seeking out new experiences as these can help students develop their interests further. On top of this, working closely with community organizers can help build connections early on that can be taken advantage of later when they’re looking for opportunities in the fields they’re interested in.
The Spect app can help your child record and save his or her volunteer hours all in one place rather than spread out over several printed sheets. On top of this, they don’t need a supervisor to sign anything physically as confirmation is sent automatically.
Now that seniors are no longer spending all of their time writing and researching essays for applications, their schedules are freed up enough to spend all of their time writing and researching essays for scholarships. Even if paying for attendance isn’t a huge concern, most scholarships are awarded in the form of a check in the student’s name, which tends to be a good incentive for students to apply. There are a number of scholarship opportunity websites for prospective college freshmen, many of which can be accessed easily with a quick google search although most of the best options for students can be found either locally or through the universities they applied to. Usually, local alumni groups offer scholarships to high school seniors that are planning on attending their Alma mater and one of the best resources in learning about these is usually a school counselor. Many local businesses offer scholarships to students living where they operate and these are also a great option to take advantage of.
Your College Student
As a college freshman in my first semester, I can assure you that most high school seniors have likely never been more stressed out than they are at this moment. It can sometimes be difficult to empathize with a child who believes that their score on the SAT or how many years they’ve played the cello will decide whether or not they get into their dream school which will dictate whether or not they will succeed in life. Even if a parent knows that things like this won’t ultimately impact their future, as a student, it can be difficult to see things from that angle. While it’s important to focus on these little things that fill up resumes, it’s also important to remember that these do not define a child’s value, that is decided by what they choose to do with the opportunities they have and the best way to help is to guide them along that path.