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Identify your passion early
Identify your interests, likes and dislikes, not just in terms of classes but also what kind of jobs/careers you want to consider. This will help you focus on your goals.
Thinking pattern mapping through Didactic Testing
A didactic assessment at this stage will be helpful to understand your thinking preferences and help you align your passions with your skills.
Explore and shortlist senior school streams
Know which high school courses are required by colleges, and that you understand and select the right difficulty level for each of the classes. Speak to your school counselor and seniors and stay informed.
Explore extra-curricular passions
Explore your interest in a school club, music or theater group, sport or community volunteer activity. Remember that colleges want to see real involvement in one activity instead of a loose connection to several.
Timely preparation for competitive examination
If your school offers it, sign up for the PSAT to set a baseline. Start a small daily practice routine for potential SAT questions.
Liaise with your school counsellor or enroll with a consultant
Ensure that you understand the prerequisites for the courses you wish to select and which ones will aid your college applications.
Focus on volunteer efforts and after school activities
Consistency in your Extracurricular activities will demonstrate passion & leadership. It also helps to develop time management skills and enrich your profile.
Plan college campus tours
Take advantage of vacation time to visit a few colleges in the preferred study destination. Explore both urban, suburban and rural colleges to get a clear idea of what to expect during college.
Explore summer options within India as well as internationally. Speak to your consultant and understand how these programs will contribute to your personal development.
SAT/ACT readiness and early attempt
Register for the SAT/ACT. The test is typically offered in October, March, May, and June. Ensure you start preparing 6 months prior to the test date.
Get your family involved in all college matters
An international Bachelor's is going to cost a ton of money (esp without scholarships). So ensure everyone is aligned else we recommend to identify it early and probably evaluate some Indian liberal art colleges as well.
Explore AP and SAT Subject tests
SAT Subject test scores can improve admit chances for Certain college majors. An AP course helps you earn college credits, allows you to skip introductory courses in college and reduce your time to graduation.
Shortlisting of 15-20 colleges that interest you
Identify colleges at which you’ll fit in easily and get a great education. College shortlisting is about exploring who you are and what you want and then finding colleges that will meet your criteria.
Create a CV and find an internship
Make a record of your academic & extracurricular achievements. Get some relevant internship and work experiences before you start senior year at high school.
Final shortlist & Deadlines calendar
Narrow a list of 10 colleges that you will finally apply to. Create a calendar of each university's EA/ED deadlines and identify your application strategy with your consultant.
Letter of Recommendation & Transcripts
Ask your school counselor or teacher for recommendations that will outline your academic record and extracurricular work. Ask your high school to mail the transcripts and LOR's in a timely manner.
Essays and Final Application
Ensure your essay drafts are proofread and edited many times over until they are perfect. Get feedback from your consultants and friends. Get your counsellor to do a final review of the entire application if possible.
Scholarship & Waitlist Communication
Any requests for financial support will need to be sent along with or shortly after the application. If you are waitlisted, a Letter of Continued interest in the college may help swing the decision in your favor.
Continue focusing on your school
Some colleges give conditional offers so it's essential to continue to accomplish your academic goals. When you do get the admit letters, pay the deposit in a timely way.
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