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Friday, March 11, 2011

The dreaded overlap season

Oh no!  It's the dreaded overlap season!

We are now entering the overlap season.  This is when we are still working with the applications of the seniors who applied for Fall 2011 admission, but are also starting to talk to juniors who will be applying for Fall 2012 admission.  Our information sessions now have two groups of students with different sorts of anxiousness.  One group is just starting the college search and is eager to figure out what colleges should be on their list and the other is waiting for us to finish our review so they can move forward with their decision making process. 

The juniors want to know what courses will best prepare them for UVa.
                                     The seniors want to know when we'll be done with application review.
The juniors want to know what study abroad programs we offer.
                                     The seniors want to know when we'll be done with application review.
The juniors want to know how easy it is to double major.
                                     The seniors want to know when we'll be done with application review.
The juniors want to see the dining hall, classrooms, and residence halls.
                                     The seniors want to know when we'll be done with application review.


Next week, I'll be working on the seniors' applications on the road so I can attend some mini-fairs and college nights at a few high schools in Northern Virginia.  If you're a long time reader of the blog, you know that I love my NOVA trips.  I've never made one at this time of year, though.  It'll be interesting to work with the seniors (via their applications, of course) by day at my hotel while talking to the juniors at their high schools at night.

Seniors, what advice do you want me to give the juniors about the college search and the application process?  What do you wish someone had told you at this point last year?  Or, what advice were you given that you think was especially good when you were starting your search?