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The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price by Lynn O’Shaughnessy

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Senior Year

Use a calendar. The more schools you apply to, the crazier it’s going to get. The only way to keep track of college admissions and financial aid deadlines is by writing it all down on a calendar.

Work on applications. In the summer months, before the senior year gets underway, focus on applications and essays. It’s just about impossible to overestimate how time consuming these tasks can be after school starts.

Get a head start on recommendations. A lot of teachers and guidance counselors are inundated with requests for recommendations after Thanksgiving. Ask teachers for recommendations in September, October, or even earlier when they will be less harried. At some private schools, teachers write recommendations in the summer months ...

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