Admissions Expertise As a high school junior, what are the most important things for me to do before senior year? In 2010, the Dallas Cowboys had numerous games in which they outgained their opponents in passing and rushing yards, but fell short on the scoreboard and lost. Aaron Rogers earned MVP in the Super Bowl because he was prepared, focused, and disciplined. Similarly, juniors must pay attention to details; create a what-by-when timeline; prepare a resume; and put together a chart of target college requirements. Grades and test scores remain paramount. Additionally, impassioned teamwork, servant leadership, and global vision are essential in today’s society. Follow through with your plan – It’s not only how you start; it’s how you finish. 881 Likes Like This Answer Already Liked This Answer Thank you, this item will be reviewed. What are some convenient, well-paying jobs for students who need to work while in college? Passionate pursuits reap intrinsic rewards; sometimes simultaneously, extrinsic rewards are also obtained. Reframing the question, what would you be willing to do, learn, or spend time doing if you were not compensated at all? Now, that is the best job. Some suggestions include developing websites for faculty, tutoring, giving campus tours, learning medical techniques at the hospital/health center, organizing books in the law library, or collecting neuroscience or engineering lab data. These are often offered as work study jobs, though students are sometimes employed through a grant. It has been said, “Do what you love and the money will come.” 823 Likes Like This Answer Already Liked This Answer Thank you, this item will be reviewed. What are some of the most unexpected costs for incoming freshman? One student explained that going to Starbucks was a daily ritual that energized her in the morning, relaxed her in the afternoon, and provided the energy she needed to pull all-nighters. The problem? When she tracked her expenditures she found she had a $20/day habit, $140/week, about $600/month, which was the same amount she paid for fraternity/sorority membership/activities. That $1200/month cost combined with other unconscious costs for texting, student fees, paper, software, bluebooks, Scantrons, school supplies, toiletries, entertainment, transportation, could bring additional monthly costs up to $1,500 to $2,000. Budgeting college expenses is an important lesson! 777 Likes Like This Answer Already Liked This Answer Thank you, this item will be reviewed. I was rejected from my top school and waitlisted at my second choice. How do I pick a backup? It’s never over until it’s over. Colleges want the best fit and mix for their diverse tapestry. An amazingly talented, diverse student pool may have been selected, but students must also have right attitude and integrity, which is not tested on an SAT/ACT. Sometimes a candidate is rejected/waitlisted, but is reconsidered and admitted on appeal. You must have new information not on your original application and you must be on the top end of the college’s candidate pool, but some rejected/waitlisted students are accepted. So, what salient reasons make you their top pick? Meanwhile, visit and compare the choices you have. 236 Likes Like This Answer Already Liked This Answer Thank you, this item will be reviewed.