Dear Students

For most of you, choosing a college will signify the first adult decision you will make.  That decision will have repercussions that can last a life time.  The earlier you begin planning for college, the better prepared you will be and the more choices you will have.  It is not uncommon for students who are interested in going to highly selective schools to begin their application strategy as early as eighth or ninth grade.   Regardless of when you begin your college application strategy, there are things you can do now to differentiate yourself and to give you an edge on the competition.

Freshmen:
Freshman year is the time for laying a strong foundation for academic and personal pursuits.  This is the time to build your four-year plan of how to become the most competitive candidate possible.  Explore new things.  Meet new people.  Research the application requirements of desirable schools to ensure you begin to build the necessary skills. Contact The Mauler Institute to speak to a college admissions coach about what you should do this year  to prepare yourself for the college application process.

Sophomores:
Sophomore year is the year to differentiate yourself from others while continuing to build college-ready skills.  Reflect on the subjects and extra-curricular activities that interest you most and find ways to pursue them both in and out of school.  Be creative.  Be resourceful.  Be willing to stand apart from your peers. Contact The Mauler Institute to speak to a college admissions coach about what you should do this year  to prepare yourself for the college application process.

Juniors:
Junior year is the last full year of academic performance and community involvement colleges will see in your applications next fall.  Therefore, this is the year to push yourself hard.  Most importantly, this is the year to define your brand.  What is it that makes you unique and different from every other qualified junior who will be applying to the same schools you will?  What is it only you can bring to the college that is lucky enough to have you matriculate?  By the end of junior year, you should have a concise and compelling answer to these questions.  Contact The Mauler Institute to speak to a college admissions coach about what you should do this year  to prepare yourself for the college application process.

Seniors:
Congratulations!  You are almost done with high school.  While it would be nice to breathe a sigh of relief, many students entering senior year are surrounded by anxiety.  The stresses of selecting and applying to colleges, moving away from home and the prospect of making new friends is enough to make the star football player cower in fetal position.  The key to getting through this challenging time is to know and to be true to yourself.  Be honest about what’s important to you in a college, how you envision spending the next four years of your life and what makes you uniquely you.  Senior year is when all of your hard work and dedication come together as you apply to college.  Contact The Mauler Institute to speak to a college admissions coach about what you should do this year  to prepare yourself for the college application process.

For suggestions on what you should be doing this year to prepare yourself for college, please click here to book an appointment now or email info@themaulerinstitute.com

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