Class of 2021: Week of July 13

This email serves as a check in and offers you some timely reminders.

Hello, Class of 2021,

We hope you are all well and settling in nicely to these warm summer months. This email serves as a check in and offers you some timely reminders. Please take a few minutes to review the following information:

Schedule a college counseling appointment
Earlier this week, you received an email from your permanent college counselor. In addition, you have been invited to schedule a meeting to discuss your college search thus far and to outline next steps. We are all excited to support you and are available to meet over the summer. Listed below are the scheduling links for your reference, so please sign up! We look forward to “seeing” you soon.

Danita Salone
Lauren Fields
Matt Cunningham
Laurén Carter

Please plan ahead!
The college counselors will be out of the office July 27-29 attending a virtual conference and will be available when they “return” on July 30.

College Admissions Webinars
The following college admissions webinars are available to assist rising seniors. You are welcome to attend any or all of the following programs:

July 19: Selective College Admission: Preparing for a Virtual College Interview
July 20: Building Your College List & Tips and Tricks to Applying to College
July 29: Tips on Applying for Competitive Scholarships
August 2: Selective College Admission: Tips on your College Essay
Recording: Money Tips for Families Who Don’t Qualify for Need-Based Financial Aid
Various Recordings on College Admissions, Testing, Affordability

Connect with a Sidwell graduate!
We understand that learning about and researching colleges can be challenging during this time of COVID-19 especially when you cannot visit the campus or meet with the students. The College Office is excited to partner with the SFS Office of Alumni Engagement to provide you with an opportunity to connect with a Sidwell graduate who attends or recently graduated from a college or university you are interested in. Please feel free to complete the following form to connect with a Sidwell alum!

Senior summer to do’s
At this point in the summer, you are progressing in your college search in two phases - the pre-application phase and application phase. 

Listed below are some items you can be working on during the next two months. Again, please feel free to “meet” with your college counselor to receive additional college counseling support and guidance.

Pre-application phase

Sign up for virtual college interviews at colleges of interest. Interviewing tips can be found here. Remember that your college counselor is available to help you prepare for any interviews. 

Continue to research colleges virtually. Register for and attend online information sessions and tours. Tufts University offers tips for virtual college visits. Remember, you are also welcome to to connect with a Sidwell graduate who attends or recently graduated from any colleges of interest.

Continue to shape and finalize your college list. Utilize college search engines and your college counselor for assistance.

Register and prepare for any upcoming SAT or ACT exams. If you find that the SAT or ACT which you registered for is canceled, we suggest registering for the next available testing date. Updates can be found here for SAT and ACT. Additionally, here is a link to a current listing of test optional colleges/universities.

Investigate college affordability. If you are curious as to what your financial expectation may be, look to each institution’s net price calculator. Using estimated financial data, this tool can provide you with an estimated expected family contribution. 

Application phase

Create a Common Application account and begin to fill in the basic data. Remember that the 2020-2021 version will go live on August 1. If you create an account and enter in just data (not your essay) - that information will carry over when the updates occur on August 1. Tips for completing the Common App can be found here.

Begin/continue drafting your college essay. The prompts for the Common App can be found here. If you need help brainstorming possible essays topics or want another set of eyes to look it over - reach out to your college counselor for assistance. Connecticut College offers some essay tips and sample essays that worked.

Lastly, refer to your summer college counseling report (emailed to you June 12) for additional feedback, reminders and resources.

We wish you all a great weekend ahead. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

In friendship,

The College Counseling Team

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