If you recently committed to Siena's Class of 2020, or you're a junior who's interested in learning more about the college process in its entirety, you may be wondering what comes next after you've made your deposit. First, you celebrate. Then...
Make it social. Spread the word to family and friends on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. These pre-made images make it really easy. While you're there, join the Facebook group for your class, if there is one. (Siena's is here.) Don't forget to use #Siena2020 in your posts!
Hit the bookstore. Find out if your school recommends, or requires, summer reading. Siena students are asked to purchase The Circle by Dave Eggers, to be discussed in First-Year Seminar. (Speaking of bookstores... why not sport some new Siena apparel?)
Notify colleges you didn't choose. To be fair to the other schools on your list—and to the admissions counselors that helped you along the way—write a quick email informing them of your decision. Something as simple as, "Thank you for your consideration, but I have decided to attend [college name here] this fall," works perfectly.
Keep looking for scholarships. Some scholarship applications extend all the way through June, so it definitely isn't too late to look for some that are unique, easy to apply for and could be perfect for you. Have you ever considered the importance of the number five?
Thank your references. Without them, you would've been missing a major part of your application. (Juniors, Siena requires a recommendation letter from a school counselor.) Send an email—or even better, a handwritten note—to say thank you for writing such a stellar recommendation. And don't forget to mention where you're headed next!
Complete the forms. Before you arrive on campus, you'll have to submit your housing application, health forms and so on. Stay on top of these deadlines to guarantee you don't have any issues come August. (Find your Siena-specific checklist right here.)
Look for local meetups. Scan the Class of 2020 Facebook group for opportunities to meet other accepted students in your area. These are a great, no-pressure way to make new friends, or even get to know your potential future roommates. (Yes, freshmen at Siena can request a roommate. More on campus living.)
Once again, welcome to the Class of 2020!
Juniors, this one's for you...