– Just think this will be your last month as a junior in high school.
Things to make sure you have done this month: (May checklist)
The College search “Don’t” list
Don’t get your heart set on one college
There are probably dozens if not hundreds of colleges where you could thrive. The frenzy of the college search is about getting into big name schools, but once you get beyond the name, little is unique about one particular place. You can always find another good one that shares the same traits.
Don’t get fooled by phony “Honors”
Have you heard from Who’s Who among American High School Students? Or the National Youth Leadership Forum? If so, don’t think for a minute that you are being honored for anything real. These and other organizations sell products that you can buy, not honors you have won (or earned).
The other is that “You have been ‘invited’ to pay money to participate in a national showcase, or you are on a National Scout Bureau’s follow list – again they are selling something. Don’t be honored by the idea that you get to pay money!
Don’t obsess over rankings
Have you mentioned the first tier of the US News & World Report rankings? I hope not. The ranking are a reasonably good indicator of the prestige of various colleges, but they say little about where you would be happy. And the rankings change every year for no obvious reasons other than selling magazines.
Same is true for baseball programs – coaches come and go, players come and go – so be sure to pick the school for the right reasons. Yes, the coach is important but not the “end all” … he could be gone when you get there!
Don’t pick colleges to impress your friends
Don’t worry too much about the weather