When you think of the holidays, you may think of stress….lots of celebrations, many extra errands and projects – baking cookies, wrapping gifts - it is all good, but there is so much more than usual to do. Going through the application process at this time can add extra stress, but it doesn’t have to!
Here are some tips you can use to have a stress free admission process during the holidays and to help make your child/family the strongest applicant possible.
1. Submit your applications BEFORE winter break. Even if the deadline is in January, you should get them in before the schools close for vacation.
This is a good strategy for several reasons:
· You show your interest by submitting early,
· You can schedule your interviews once you submit, so you will be able to plan your schedule for the new year
· You won’t have to worry about finishing applications during the holidays and you can relax.
2. Give your current school any forms that need to be sent to the schools you are applying to. This includes teacher and administrator recommendations and transcript release forms. By sharing these before the holidays, you are giving your teachers/school plenty of time to complete everything and submit before the deadlines in January. AND you can cross this task off your to-do list!
3. If your child needs to do a writing assignment or take a test – Character Skills Snapshot, ISEE, HSPT (secondary students), try to have these completed before winter break. Your child will be happy to not have this hanging over him/her during time off from school.
4. If you need personal recommendation letters, this is a great time to think about who you can ask. This gives the recommender time to think about your child, compose the letter, and submit before it is due.
5. BONUS TIP- Send the Admission Directors at the schools you are applying to a holiday card which includes your family photo. This can be an email or a card. It is a great opportunity for another touchpoint with the school and a wonderful way to remind them about your child and family.
By following these tips you can not only enjoy the holidays, but also set yourselves up for success with the admission process!
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