5 Things College-Bound Seniors Should Be Thankful For

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, here are a few things to be thankful for, even if it feels like you can’t fill your name in on just one more college application.
Crystal Nikish's avatar by Crystal Nikish, PrepMe Student Advisor. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in English and a minor in Education Theory and Policy. Her favorite food is chocolate.

With college application deadlines quickly approaching, it’s crunch time for many college-bound high school seniors around the country. But with Thanksgiving also right around the corner, we should all take some time to think about what we are truly thankful for. For those seniors that are stressing out right now, here are a few quick reminders that there’s always something to be thankful for, even if it feels like you can’t fill your name in on just one more college application.

The Common App

Hopefully, at least a couple of the colleges you’re applying to take the Common App. With over 450 schools accepting it, you could save yourself some major time by only filling the application out once. If you can fill it out online, that’s even better.

Early Decision

If you applied early decision but got bad news in the mail, don’t worry. There’s still time to apply to other colleges and universities that would be happy to have you. It’s all about finding the right fit, and you don’t want to attend a school that doesn’t see your potential.

FAFSA Deadlines

If you’re looking for ways to pay for tuition, FAFSA is the place to start. The office of Federal Student Aid gives out over $150 billion each year to help students pay for college, plus, many scholarships require you to fill out a FAFSA form also. But thankfully, most states’ FAFSA deadlines are not until the spring!

Letters of Recommendation

You’ve spent years building relationships with teachers, coaches, employers, neighbors, or religious leaders that can give you a stellar letter of recommendation to round out your college application. So make sure to ask politely and then sit back and let them do the hard work. A great letter of recommendation could be just the extra push you need to turn a so-so application into an awesome one.

The End

High school is almost over! Just one more semester and then it’s time to start a new journey. Take some time to create memories with friends and enjoy your last few months as a high school student. Tell your teachers how thankful you are for their help, because you may never get the chance after you leave.

Bonus Reason For Juniors to Be Thankful

You’ve still got time to study for SAT and ACT tests in the spring. Make good use of your holiday break and start now!

filed under College Planning, College Applications, Financial Aid
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