In my last article, I shared how to strategize your application process for maximum success. I also discussed an optional approach -- a Plan B -- for high school seniors who will be getting less-than-exciting news in December from their early decision (ED) and early action (EA) applications. I want to continue that here in the second part of my discussion about strategizing your college process. So, let's now consider those who will be writing recommendations for you.
A key part of your Plan B strategy is to brief your recommenders about your application plans. Since you won't be finding out about your early application(s) until mid-December, that leaves only a couple of weeks until most of your other applications' Regular Decision (RD) deadlines occur, usually on the first of January.