THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
Education Supplement December 2011
Checklist for 11th-Graders
BY FRANCESCA KE L LY
hen it comes to college admissions, junior year
of high school is crunch time. This is when you’re
expected to take the most challenging courses, get
the best grades and start racking up those SAT or ACT
scores. Junior year is the last full academic year that
factors into acceptance decisions from colleges. It also
provides an opportunity to bring up a mediocre grade
point average and polish your resumé.
In addition, you can finish—yes, finish—a whole swath
of the applications process in 11th grade so that you do
not get hit with a ton of pressure the next fall.
This no-nonsense, month-by-month guide from
December through August of your junior year will help
you get a head start on the college application process
and sail through your senior year.
Francesca Kelly, a Foreign Service spouse, is a writer,
university counselor and college essay tutor. She writes
frequently on education issues and is a former editor
of AFSA News. The complete article excerpted here is
available online atwww.afsa.org/educationarticles.