So, yeah, Sarcasmo has been accepted to two of the colleges to which he applied this year. With that success in mind, I wanted to go over a couple of tips for those of you who have young dudes who are about to go through this gauntlet.
1. I know it seems silly, but have your young dude keep a list of all the books and magazines he reads from his junior year on. There were actually some schools that wanted a list and it was a lot easier to come up with a good list since Sarcasmo had already been tracking it. You’ll want to include books the young dude reads for school and those he reads for fun.
2. Line up your references early. Your young dudette should approach friends of the family who know her well, sports coaches and school teachers to ask them about the possibility of a reference. Most schools will have an on-line form to fill out, so it’s not too hard a job, but it’s best to get the okays out of the way so you’re not scrambling at the last minute.
3. When your kid signs up for senior-year classes, make sure he doesn’t slack off. Colleges will look to make sure he’s not taking his senior year off, with a class schedule of underwater basketweaving and advanced frisbee golf.
4. Don’t wait to take the SAT or the ACT. These college entrance exams are — for the most part — required. Sarcasmo started taking his SATs during his junior year. That way, when we all decided he needed to try a couple of extra times to improve his scores, he was able to do so without putting off his college applications. You might also want to look into an SAT prep course if the young dudette is taking her tests early. They do work.
5. Go ahead and write an essay or three. This was one Sarcasmo hated. He started the process by declaring he’d never apply to a school that required an essay. That lasted bout 10 minutes. What he did was to go through a bunch of old essay questions and then pick out a general-sounding essay topic and wrote 600 or so words on that topic. He was able to use this essay as the basis for most of the essays he had to turn in to apply. It was great for him, knowing he already had an essay in the bank and would only have to change a few things.
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