The old year is almost histoire, as my French teachers used to say. What lies ahead in 2011 is anyone's guess. However, just like death and taxes, college applications are an additional certainty for many current high school juniors. Those eager college aspirants are no doubt already planning their strategies.
Looking ahead, what should you be thinking about? There is some shifting going on in the bedrock tectonic plates of the college admissions process world. How will this affect you and how should you be changing those plans that you may have already cast in concrete? These are fair and perhaps fundamentally important issues that you need to consider before firing up your Common Application account.