For many seniors, the college admissions process was a long, frustrating, and at times, worrisome ordeal, but just because it’s over does not mean that you can forget about the remaining months ahead before you begin college in the fall.
Finals are coming up very soon and your final grades must be consistent with the grades that you earned throughout high school. In your acceptance letter from the college to which you plan to attend, there is a statement that says something such as: “This letter is contingent upon you successfully completing your senior year.” The word “successfully” means that the college expects your senior year grades to be similar to the grades that appeared on the transcript that they received when you first applied.
Beware – colleges do rescind acceptances! This year in particular, because of the combination of the economy and the fact that more students applied to college than ever before, most colleges admitted more students than in previous years. So if there is a significant dip in any of your grades, the college reserves the right to rescind their offer of admission. This is not to say that if you have typically earned all ‘A’s’ in English, and at the end of senior year you earn a ‘B,’ you should be worried, but if you earn a ‘C’ as a final grade, there is reason for concern.
In addition to your senior year grades, be careful about what you do outside of the classroom. June of senior year can be a time for exciting and fun-filled activities, including prom night and après-prom festivities. Poor judgment or infractions on your part that result in action by your high school, or by law enforcement officials, would need to be reported to the admissions office of the college to which you plan to attend. So be sure to use your best judgment at all times. You don’t want to have to write a letter to the college explaining your indiscretion, and worse, you don’t want to have to worry about the possibility of the college rescinding your acceptance when they find out.
This summer counts, too! Be on your best behavior throughout the summer. If the college to which you plan to attend has more students who accepted their offer of admission than they have room for, they just might be looking for any reason to rescind an acceptance. You don’t want to be in this position! So think of the consequences before you act. You don’t need to go along with the crowd; you can still have fun, just act responsibly at all times. In the end, you’ll be very happy that you did!