Class of 2021: Week of August 31

This coming week you will enter SEPTEMBER! We are so proud of all your hard work this summer and want to encourage you to keep up your progress especially the work you are doing on your college applications. In addition, please enjoy some downtime and soak up some August sunshine! 

Hello, Seniors,

This coming week you will enter SEPTEMBER! We are so proud of all your hard work this summer and want to encourage you to keep up your progress especially the work you are doing on your college applications. In addition, please enjoy some downtime and soak up some August sunshine! 

To help keep you on track, please take a few moments to read through this information.

Goals before school begins include: 
Continue to research colleges and finalize your college list
Schedule and complete college interviews
Complete most (or all) of your Common Application 
Finalize your main college essay and work on a few supplements (see free workshop information below! Sessions are tomorrow and Sunday)
Send a thank you note to your SFS recommendation writers, and make sure you have completed the teacher reflection form found here

Student session: Get Ready for Fall with CCO
The College Counseling team is hosting a virtual “Get Ready for Fall” session for seniors on Thursday, September 3 at 1pm. We invite you to submit any questions or topics you wish to discuss by completing this Google form. Zoom information will be shared on Monday in the reminder email. Follow-up information will be shared should you be unable to attend. 

End of August in CCO
A final reminder that the College Counseling Office will be attending various back to school meetings, orientations, and back to school meetings thru Sept 4 and will be unable to schedule student/family appointments. Feel free to email us essay drafts or any questions you may have and we ask for your patience and understanding as most of our days are occupied with meetings but we will respond when we are able.

Scholarship Listing
If you are interested in any of the following scholarships (or others) that require a school nomination, please contact your college counselor - well in advance of any nomination deadlines - to express your interest in being considered. Nominations are selected by a committee. See attachment for further information.

How to Write a Great Personal Statement (Pt. 1), Saturday, August 29, 1-2pm 
Topics include:
Three Exercises to Help You Find a Personal Statement Topic
Two Ways to Structure Your Essay
Two Rad Example Essays
Four Qualities of a Great Personal Statement
Register here (It's free.)

How to Write the Supplemental Essays (and the Rest of the Application) (Pt. 2), Sunday, August 30, 1-2pm 
Topics include:
How to Save 20+ Hours on Your Supplemental Essays by Writing a "Super" Essay
Three Approaches to Writing a "Why us?" Essay that Matters
Some Tips for the Most Popular Required Supplemental Essays
Five Tips for Your Activities List
What Goes in Your Additional Info Section (and What Doesn't)
Register here (It's free.)

Strive Virtual College Exploration - Recorded Presentations
Feel free to view the presentations and information sessions from hundreds of colleges from the Strive Virtual College Exploration program, on-demand. Link can be found here.

Tips for Managing Your School-from-Home Life This Fall, Sept 2, 7-8pm 
Topics include:
What to do to stay grounded when feeling overwhelmed
How to stay inspired and still retain a sense of community
How to stay focused and effective despite being at home
Tools to help you plan your day and manage your time
Why your workspace is so important and much more!
Register here.

Early Admission plans for the class of 2025
Most schools have completed their updates for the Class of 2025 admission cycle (2020-21), and several of the changes we've observed are worth noting. 

Roughly 25 schools have modified early admission options available to applicants this fall.  Notable changes include the temporary suspension of Restrictive Early Action at Princeton, the introduction of an Early Action 2 option specifically for non-resident applicants at Georgia Tech, a new Early Action option at Macalester and new Early Decision 2 options at Baylor, Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, University of Rochester and Villanova. You can find a current collective listing of changes here.

Important to note: the Early Action program at U Michigan. The deadline is 11/15/2020 and decisions will be released at the end of January. This is a change from previous years when the deadline was 11/1 and the release date was mid-late December.

Best of U (5 UK universities), September 12 at 12pm EST
A webinar for students and families interested in UK study. Register here. The Best of U consortium: Bristol University, Durham University, Newcastle University, Southampton University and the University of York will include short presentations on:

Why choose the UK? (10 minutes)

How to apply to the UK? (10 minutes)

Individual presentations from Best of U universities (5 minutes each)

A 2nd chance webinar for students and families interested in UK study will take place on Sunday, October 11 @ 12:00pm EST. Register here.

Athletic Recruitment During a Pandemic webinar, September 22 at 12pm EDT

Guest speakers from college admissions, college sports, and recruitment organizations will address:

How do you recruit an athlete who hasn't played since March?

How do you plan for a sport that isn't allowed to compete for the foreseeable future?

What sports might have to be cut altogether from a college due to the pandemic?

RSVP here

Thursday Night Live: Straight-Talk with College Admission Leaders webinar series is back by popular demand.  The spring series was hosted in partnership with the Character Collaborative (links to recordings of these sessions are available below).


This Thursday Live programming will continue this fall in collaboration with Grown & Flown. For the kick-off event on Thursday, September 3rd at 7:00 pm, the panelists include:

Melissa Korn, co-author of UNACCEPTABLE: Privilege, Deceit & the Making of the College Admissions Scandal. She's a reporter for The Wall Street Journal.

Jeff Selingo, author of Who Gets In & Why: A Year Inside College Admissions. He has written about higher education for two decades. He is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, a contributor to The Atlantic and the Washington Post, and a special advisor for innovation at Arizona State University. He also co-hosts the podcast, FutureU. 

Jacques Steinberg, co-author of The College Conversation: A Practical Companion for Parents to Guide Their Children Along the Path to Higher Education. He is also the author of The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College, a New York Times best-seller, and is a formerNew York Times National Education Correspondent. 

You can register here for what promises to be an engaging discussion about college admission in 2020.  

Video recordings of previous webinars: 

June 4, 2020: Panelists from Lawrence, UVM, and Yale.

May 28, 2020: Panelists from Wellesley, Northeastern, and Wesleyan.

May 21, 2020: Panelists from Williams, Syracuse, and Lafayette.

May 14, 2020: Panelists from UCLA, Davidson College, and The Ohio State University.

May 7, 2020: Panelists from University of Oregon, Tulane University, and Hamilton College.

April 30, 2020: Panelists from Colorado College, Bowdoin College, and University of South Carolina.

April 23, 2020: Panelists from Swarthmore College, Washington University in St. Louis, and The University of Notre Dame.

April 16, 2020: Panelists from Bucknell University, Elon University, and Babson College. 

College “Visits” to SFS

The College Office has been busy scheduling virtual college visits for the fall. We will discuss this in more detail during workshop class. You are welcome to view the most current schedule of visits and other college events here. 

Wishing you a great weekend ahead!

The College Counseling Team

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