By Leah Gilbert – ESM College Coach
This is an exciting time for seniors, as those last college acceptances are rolling in, and everyone is breathing a big sigh of relief. The end is so close – soon you’ll be making your final choice, and making the deposit to save your spot in the class of 2021. You’ll sign up for orientation, possibly meet your roommate, and start buying dorm supplies. It’s a lot to think about, but it’s most students find it genuinely exciting to plan out the next few months.
There is another side of this, and I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you can’t let senioritis completely sink its teeth into you. Not yet.
You see, the thing is, even if you’ve deposited, even if you applied Early Decision, your acceptance is conditional. If your grades slip or your academic record is otherwise impacted, your college is going to know about it. School counselors send your grades from the first half of the year on to the schools you’re applying to in the fall. But did you know they also continue to send your grades to any schools with open applications, and then your year end grades to your college of choice? Your senior year grades are the best representation of what you are capable of academically, and if you let those slip, it doesn’t send the best message about you.
How do we know your acceptance is conditional and contingent upon keeping up your grades? After your school counselor sends your final grades out, if the school doesn’t like what they see, they send you and your counselor a letter. Sometimes it says you’re beginning the year on academic probation, and sometimes your acceptance is revoked entirely. Those letters usually go out in July, leaving you with about 5 weeks before the beginning of the school year to make a plan. While uncommon, we have received copies those letters, and they’re no fun for anyone involved.
In short, keep working. You’re so close, but if you need help, let us know. And just so you know, your journey with us doesn’t end after graduation – we have a whole team of mentors who want to help you make the most of college.