December. Those who applied Early Action
anxiously await that envelope -- or e-mail, as is often the case in the information age -- the "We welcome you to xyz U, class of 2017"
or "We regret to inform you.."
from colleges offering the comfort (or further angst) that comes with knowing where you stand before the new year.
If rejected, well, there's still time to apply elsewhere. [You didn't want to go there anyway, right? Mom made you apply. ;-)]
Assuming you are accepted, now what?
Okay. Unlike Early Decision
, where you are married to that one school of choice should they deem you worthy, Early Action
candidates still have their options.
True, your finger hovers over that, "Yes, I'm coming"
button. Wooooo Hooooo!
But don't be so quick to hit it.
With Early Action
, like Regular Decision
your decision typically does not have to be made on the spot. Indeed,
most schools have an acceptance deadline of May 1. [Check to be sure.
You wouldn't want to miss it. Not even by an hour.]
"But I'm absolutely certain I want to go there..."
Of course. And maybe that's true. Still, unless you think the college
made some gross miscalculation in offering you admission, and may, once
they realize, withdraw the offer, hold off, at least a while.
will you be waiting for? Well, for one thing, let's see where else you
get in. You'll then have the opportunity to weigh your options, consider
all offers, and, when it comes to financial aid awards, to, perhaps,
use one school's offer to up the ante of another. [Yes, it does happen,
and it never hurts to ask!] Accept now and, quite frankly, you've put
all your cards on the table. [And why should a college that has you
"locked in" offer you anything more than the minimum in aid, if that?]
your acceptances -- and your rejections -- with your parents, guidance
counselor, and independent college planner. Think about your future, or
at least the next four years of your life. Take a deep breath and look
carefully before you leap. [And wouldn't it be nice, at long last, to
turn the tables on those college admissions officers, making them
wait for your
if you are dead certain that you are not going to a college that has
offered admission, by all means, decline the invitation forthwith,
freeing up a seat for a student who may have her heart set on going
there. Otherwise, considering that you're in, what's the rush?
Just because you've been accepted, now is not the time to coast. Keep
up those grades. Acceptance is almost always conditioned upon your
maintaining the scholastic record that got you in in the first place!
Plan. Prepare. Prevail!
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