The College Workout

DEFERRED: When the Answer Isn't Admit or Deny

Amy Jasper Monday, February 02, 2015

This year found many more students applying Early Action to several schools. As a result, several colleges deferred more students than usual. Being deferred is an admissions decision that, from a student's perspective, isn't really a decision at all. Deferred means "we like you but need a few more months before we decide if we will offer you the opportunity to join our student body." The good news is there is a possibility that the student may be admitted. The bad news is that a student has to wait. If a student has been deferred, there are a few things that can be done to demonstrate continued interest in the college and a desire to attend.

 Write a letter/email: Express your continued interest and intent to enroll upon admission. Reiterate why the college is the best fit for you. Update them on any achievements or other pertinent information that has occurred since you applied. This should not be too long. Be respectful of the fact that admissions representatives are still very deep in reading applications. Also remember that they will receive your mid-year report (first semester grades) from your school counselor after semester grades are finalized.

 Send any additional materials that could be helpful: an additional letter(s) of recommendation, extra materials that might strengthen your application (research, etc). The key is to give the admissions committee any possible information that can help them make a positive decision. 

 Be certain you understand the college's deferral policy. If in your deferral letter you are specifically told not to write or send additional materials for consideration, then you shouldn't.

Rejection Hurts - Helping Your Senior Deal With It

Amy Jasper Friday, February 28, 2014

Rejection is never a good feeling. Many teens get their first big taste of it when college admissions decisions begin rolling in. As adults we know that there is indeed life after rejection, so it is very important to help impart that perspective to your son or daughter and not spiral into despair with them. What to do when the news isn't good:

  • Let your teen be sad and disappointed. It hurts to put your all into a college, only for them to say “Thanks, but no thanks.”
  • Don’t let the sadness linger. Dwelling on the negative is never helpful. Move-on to Plan B.
  • Focus on and celebrate acceptances. 
  • Revisit schools; compare programs, financial aid, scholarships, and other key factors. Make an informed decision and embrace it.
  • If more options are needed, there are schools that still accept applications in March and April.
  • Deposit at the school of choice by May 1st and be excited about it.
  • Celebrate again! Be proud! Your kid is going to college!

Social Media - It's a Small World After All

Amy Jasper Monday, September 02, 2013

Social media has made ‘it’s a small world’ far more then a figure of speech or a ride at Disney World. Many colleges have ways for prospective students to be connected to their potential schools by FB, Twitter, blogs, and various other mediums. Whether you are a senior preparing to apply to colleges or a 9th, 10th, or 11th grader, you need to be keenly aware of your online presence. A great rule to follow is: only post pictures, videos, or comments online that you would not be embarrassed to show your grandmother or have plastered on a bill board on I-95. Apply this to all sites that you participate – FB, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, etc. Also create an email address that is basic and professional. Applying to one’s dream school with the email address or is not a good look. It is a fact that some colleges and employers do indeed Google applicants or checkout their FB page. How many? We’ll never truly know… but better safe than sorry.

Happy New Year Seniors!

Amy Jasper Monday, January 14, 2013

Right now there are two kinds of college bound seniors. One has already been accepted into the school of their choice and has decided to attend. The other is still applying to colleges. Both are perfectly fine positions to be in but require different plans of action. The following steps in these winter months will keep you on track for a happy spring.

 Seniors Who Can Kiss the Admissions Process Goodbye:

  • Congratulate yourself on a job well done!
  • Say Thank You – Remember you did not get to this point on your own. Thank those who supported you in this process, wrote letters, proofread, paid for application fees, took you on college visits, etc.
  • Apply for Financial Aid - Complete the FAFSA and the CSS Profile.
  • If you were admitted under binding ED, be sure to withdraw your applications from other schools.                                                  

 Seniors in the Homestretch of the Process:

  • Be sure to adhere to deadlines, as many are January 15th or February 1st.
  • Don’t let your energy fade. Put as much into these last applications as you did others.
  • Give your college list a final review. Think of admission decision worse case scenarios and be certain you have choices you can be happy with.
  • Apply for Financial Aid - Complete the FAFSA and the CSS Profile.
  • Be patient... it's a virtue.


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