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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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JUNE 2017

87

From the

FSJ

Education Supplement December 2011

College Applications

Checklist for 11th-Graders

BY FRANCESCA KE L LY

W

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 at

www.afsa.org/educationarticles.