Preparing for College

Don't Snatch Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

In the past, we have discussed the various advantages of Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED) here. For those of you who have taken advantage of one of these avenues and received good news in December or even earlier, you no doubt exhaled a large sigh of relief. What could possibly be wrong with having your college process behind you at the halfway point of your senior year? If you went ED and got in, you were accepted at your clear first-choice school. If you went EA and got in, you have at least one solid offer sitting in your basket of possibilities for a May 1 (or earlier) enrollment decision. Nothing wrong with that, right? Well, there could be: Senioritis.

Yes, we have discussed Senioritis before on these pages, but every year this time, I feel duty-bound to raise the warning flag. The sports analogy would be in baseball, where a team reaches the seventh-inning stretch with a six-run lead, looking good for the win. However, if the manager doesn't remain vigilant and keep the pressure on his players until that final out, strange things can happen. It's called overconfidence. It's also called cruising. Resting on ones laurels comes to mind, too.

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