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EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT
94
DECEMBER 2012
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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
From the December 20011
FSJ
Education Supplement
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 fnish—yes, fnish—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 col-
lege applications essay tutor and writes frequently on
educational issues. The college applications checklist for
11th-graders in the December 2012 issue of the
FSJ
is
available online a
t www.afsa.org/fsj.