Senior Bulletin, May 2018

Hello Seniors,

This is the last Senior Bulletin! Here at the College Office we congratulate all SLA students for their hard work and achievements.  This year SLA students are going to an especially diverse range of schools, from Adrian College in Michigan, to the University of Colorado!  Four students received full tuition as Drexel Liberty Scholars, and over 70% of the class received scholarships at their school of choice. This bulletin includes opportunities and suggestions for how to make a successful transition from high school to college:

  • Stay on top of deadlines; keep in touch with new and old friends
  • Follow up with the financial aid office at your college.
  • Scholarship opportunities are still available
  • Special interview with an SLA alumna about her experiences at college
  • Not sure?  Consider a Gap Year 

THERE’S STILL TIME FOR SCHOLARSHIPS!  CHECK OUT PREVIOUS BULLETINS/SCHOLARSHIP TAB FOR DEADLINES

NOT SURE WHERE TO GO?  YOU CAN ASK FOR AN EXTENSION!

You might be waiting for a financial package from another school, or you just might not be ready for college.  You can ask for an extension of a few weeks, or in some cases a full year. Here is a sample letter:

Dear Sir/Madame (use the name of an admissions officer if you have it):  Thank you for accepting me to attend (The University of Life) in the class of 2022.  I need to figure out my financial needs before a final commitment. I would be very grateful if you can extend the commitment deadline until May 15, 2018.  Please let me know by email if this is possible. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, …..

Dear Sir/Madame (use the name of an admissions officer if you have it):

Thank you for accepting me to attend (The University of Life) in the class of 2022.  After careful consideration I have decided to take a gap year, during which I will refine my interests and strengths.  I hope that it will be possible to postpone my enrollment until fall, 2019. Please let me know by email if this is possible.  Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, ……

USE THE SUMMER WISELY TO PREPARE FOR FRESHMAN YEAR

HERE is a helpful article on how to transition into college.  Be ready by doing these things:

*Meet your roommate, either in person or online.  You can discuss such questions as who will bring the microwave, whether you study late or sleep late, and other personal preferences. Check out this article for some advice about how to adjust to life with a roommate.

*Register for classes as soon as possible so you have a better chance of getting your choices.

*Buy books (used, online if possible) and begin reading if you know the syllabus.

*Consider and pack the clothes, books, stuffed animals, and other items that will make you feel safe and comfortable in your new world. Helpful list here.

*Spend time with friends and family and find fun things to do to relax!

*Find a summer job to help with expenses, especially ‘social’ costs such as coffee dates and dinners out that are not covered by financial aid and scholarships.  

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