- Write your college essays. All 3.
- Register for ACT and SAT exams. Study and do well on them. Khan Academy has a wealth of resources.
- Create a Resume.
- Think about who will write your letters of recommendation and complete the recommendation packet. Then make copies of it.
Tests: SAT and ACT
|Test Date||Registration Deadline||(Late Fee Required)|
|September 13, 2014||August 8, 2014||August 9–22, 2014|
This registration deadline is before school starts. If you have yet to take the ACT you MUST take this offering on the 13th, and most will want to take it second a time for an improved score. We will not have waivers for this test. I’m sorry about that – you’ll have to pay for it.
Remember, automatic admission is a slide scale of class rank and test scores. Texas State slide scale here. Many admissions deadlines are in the Fall. Texas A&M and Baylor are usually 10/15 and 11/1 respectively. These sneak up quickly, so be sure to get things done.
If you have yet to take these tests, you are REQUIRED to take both of them. For those that have already tested, you may wish to target a particular test for a higher score and then prepare for that test accordingly. Take a gander at the admissions requirements of your target schools and then work as hard as you can to achieve the score required for automatic admission.
Apply Texas Essay Topics
Write all of these this summer. If you want feedback from Mr. Earhart, share them with email@example.com via Google Drive/Docs.
Essay A:Describe a setting in which you have collaborated or interactedwith people whose experiences and/or beliefs differ from yours. Address your initial feelings, and how those feelings were or were not changed by this experience.Essay B:Describe a circumstance, obstacle or conflict in your life,and the skills and resources you used to resolve it. Did it change you? If so, how?Essay C:Considering your lifetime goals, discuss how your current and future academic and extracurricular activities might help you achieve your goals
- You are not going to ACC. Forget about it. You are going to a 4-year college. And you are going to live on campus. If you go into your senior year expecting that to happen… it will happen. We realize that money for college is a huge fear for many AVID students – it’s an understandable fear; nothing to be ashamed of on that one. But it’s just because we don’t know any better; please trust your AVID family; we will not steer you wrong. You can afford college; trust us.
- Don’t be afraid of the price tag of private schools. They often find as much, if not more, money for you than public schools. Just trust us on this one.
- If you look OUT-OF-STATE look at private schools and avoid public schools. Out of state public schools are REALLY tough to afford. Out-of-State private schools are much more reasonable.
- ASK FOR HELP AND ADVICE! We are here to help; it’s our job and it’s what we love to do.
You probably have completed assignments like this in the past. But here’s some help if you are struggling with picking schools to apply to:
Tips for Finding Your College Match Worksheet and Completion of “What do You Want” and the “College Comparison Worksheet” (Due: Thursday/Friday, September 5th and 6th).
Which Schools Do I Apply To? Assignment (Due : Monday/Tuesday September 9th and 10th)
List of Safety, Target, and Reach Schools – with applicable research done to know which schools you will be applying to:
- Safety: Schools at which you are guaranteed acceptance. These schools may not be your ideal universities, but they are a security blanket in the event that your target or reach schools do not work out.
- Target: Target schools are the schools that you are most interested in attending. These schools meet your needs as a campus: they have the right degree programs, campus culture, and are exactly where you want to be.
- Reach: Reach schools may be campuses that you are really interested in attending, but they may be a bit of a stretch based on admission’s criteria. But, they might say yes, so why not try to gain admittance. Reach schools also might be more expensive universities, that will require more financial assistance and scholarship awards in order to attend.
***The list of these schools may be very different for each AVID student. If you meet the automatic admission criteria for your target school, and you are absolutely certain that you wish to attend said school, then you may not need an exhaustive list of schools: that’s great; it’s the ideal situation. This activity is merely designed to guide your thinking about which universities you should be applying to.***
That should get us started!