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What high schoolers should be doing in January

Posted By Katie Cooney Lesko | January 6, 2015

Every month, our admissions team will post a checklist of a couple things you could be doing at that time to 1) move along in the admissions process, or 2) better prepare yourself for when you’re ready to apply. Here’s our advice for January.

If you’re a junior:

  • Stay involved with extracurricular activities. Colleges want to know that you’re committed to the non-academic activities you pursue. Think about taking on leadership roles in the groups you’re already part of in the new year (this is more important than trying to join every club).

  • Prepare for standardized tests. Find out if the colleges you’re interested in require the SAT, ACT or SAT subject tests, then register to take the tests you need. Taking these while you’re a junior means you can take them again your senior year if you want to improve your score. Download our SAT checklist to make sure you’re ready to ace them!

If you’re a senior:

  • Apply for financial aid. This process seems overwhelming, but we make it really easy at Siena College. We only require the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which you can submit after January 1. We accept the FAFSA online or on paper. Just fill in the Siena school code, 002816.

  • Plan your revisits. You know which schools you want to see again, so now is the time to make a checklist of things you might have forgotten the first time around. Think about any buildings you want to get a second look at, or questions you might have for current students. (Check back soon for a list of three things you should look for on your campus revisits!)

Bonus tip for seniors: if you happen to still be working on your college application essays, be sure to refer to our cheat sheet.

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