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Checklist: Junior Year

Juniors should...
  • Attend the annual RMACAC College Fair to meet college representatives from various schools 
  • Attend college representative visits at Judge. A list is posted on the Judge Memorial College Counseling page along with Family Connection and sign-up sheets are posted a week ahead of time on the bulletin board outside the Counseling Center. Students are asked to check with teachers for permission and have them sign the permission slip before missing class(es) for these college representative visits.
  • Take the PSAT on all-school testing day (October). It’s good practice for the SAT Reasoning test and it’s also the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Spring Suggestions for Juniors
  • Review the results of your PSAT (taken in October) to determine strengths and weaknesses in preparation for SAT. Review PLAN score report in preparation for ACT. Jerry Burchette will go over scores in classes.
  • Meet with Ms. Koles or Ms. Sawaya before the end of the year to:
  • Discuss your strengths and areas for improvement, interests and involvement
  • Discuss post-graduation plans and begin the formal college planning process.
  • Review your transcript and academic/extracurricular profile.
  • Develop a list of colleges that would be good matches and cover a range of likelihood of acceptance.
  • Register for ACT, SAT Reasoning, and/or SAT Subject tests in the spring.
    • Judge Memorial CEEB/School code: 450375
    • ACT
    • SAT
  • (Optional) Visit colleges over spring break or over the summer. Look under “Campus Visits."
  • Register for a challenging course load for your senior year.
  • Start working with Family Connection. Ms. Koles and Ms. Sawaya will give juniors a chance to explore the software further during a classroom presentation in February.
  • Write your resume
  • If interested in military options, start ROTC and Academy application process at websites.
  • If interested in college varsity athletics, register with NCAA Clearinghouse over summer.
  • Build a list of 5-15 colleges that meet your criteria that you can research over the summer.
  • Think about a summer learning opportunity (see "Summer Study Opportunities" on this website).
 
Summer Suggestions for Juniors
 
Visit college campuses. Each school has a distinct personality. Get the feel of your “home” for the next four years. Can you see yourself there? Try to visit two contrasting colleges in the same vicinity on the same day. If you’re not getting out of town this summer, set time aside to visit the U of U and Westminster. That can tell you a lot about the difference between a very large state university and a small private college.
 
Develop a workable filing system for keeping brochures, applications, and other materials for the schools you are considering. Start a list of possible topics for application essays. Do some journal writing about some of your recent experiences. Without the pressure of a deadline, you may produce written work that will be useful during the application process in the fall.
 
Think about the teachers you will ask to write your recommendations for college applications and/or scholarships. (Ms. Koles or Ms. Sawaya will write the counselor recommendations.) You should ask teachers from the junior and/or senior years, and from the core courses (English, math, social studies, science, or language). If you’re planning to major in science, it would be helpful to have a science teacher write one. If you’re interested in the arts, then it’s okay to have a dance/theater/music/art teacher write one. If your college requires two and you want one in science, ask a teacher in a different core subject (English, math, social studies, or language) to write the second one to show another side of yourself.
 
Check the scholarship search engine available on Family Connection. Check your list of schools for the types of scholarships they might offer. Also check out: www.scholarships.com, www.thewashboard.org, www.wiche.edu/wue, www.fastweb.com, www.finaid.org, www.salliemae.com, www.collegenet.com
 
Get a job or internship. Working during the summer can be beneficial for several reasons. Besides improving your savings account, you’ll be adding to your collection of experiences outside the classroom. Most college admission folks are interested in all dimensions of your learning not just academics. You might work with an employer who can later provide a helpful recommendation for a job on or off campus in college. Most importantly, you may discover a career field you would like to pursue during or after college.
 
Keep your resume updated with your additional activities in and out of school. Whether for your college applications or a scholarship, it is helpful to have a current list of your academic honors and awards, extra-curricular activities, community service hours and involvement, and employment.