Preparing for College

Rising Juniors: Rise to The Occasion

Today's wisdom is directed at those high schoolers who will be juniors this coming school year. For those of you who have just parachuted in from a parallel universe, a "rising" junior is a student who just finished his or her sophomore year, an about-to-be 11th-grader, in other words. I've always been amused by that term rising. In my view, if you're referring to someone who has just finished 10th grade, why wouldn't you just call them a junior, anyway? They're not going to be a senior. This sort of sounds like a Seinfeld stand-up routine: "Hey kids, what's the deal with homework? You're not workin' on your home!" It also reminds me of a George Carlin bit when he says, "When I'm flying somewhere and waiting at the airport, they'll say, 'It's time to get on the plane.' Well, I'm not gettin' on the the plane; I'm gettin' in the plane. It's way too dangerous out there on the plane."

Anyway, semantics aside, if you're a rising junior, there are certain actions you should be considering as part of your college process. Unfortunately, some high school juniors procrastinate and (erroneously) believe that there will be plenty of time to initiate and complete their college process when they are rising seniors. This is bad thinking and misguided planning. So, let's consider the proper college-process mindset and plan for rising juniors.

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