Junior College Corner

June 21, 2021

Dear Class of 2022 and Parents,
Congratulations on reaching the end of an unprecedented school year! It is super important to review the Junior Checklist to ensure you’re on track and feeling good about your college/postsecondary planning so far. We have a few important updates to share before we all head out for the summer, so please read below.
Did You Check In With Your Counselor?
Are you all set for an awesome, productive, and rejuvenating summer? Do you have access to your Naviance account? Did you talk with your counselor and teacher(s) about teacher recommendations and therefore need to submit a teacher rec request form? Do you have lingering questions about what you should be doing? It is not too late to schedule a little time to make sure you’re in good shape! Counselors will be available next week (Zoom is available too) for check-ins. Please take advantage. Note: If you schedule a time, please don’t miss it! 
Write Your College Essay!
Summer is an optimal time to get started on writing your college essay. It is a process and not something that happens in just one try! Thank you to those of you who engaged with us this week during our College Essay Boot Camp. We are glad you found it helpful! 
Great news! We’ve registered everyone to receive access to the tools and resources that Ethan (The College Essay Guy) introduced in boot camp this week. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of the videos from the sessions, writing tips, and activities to brainstorm, outline, and draft essays this summer! You should have received an email from College Essay Guy with instructions to register your account! Be sure to read Ethan's email and contact your counselor if you have any questions or issues. For your convenience, below are the important links for an optimal boot camp experience. 
  • Boot Camp Syllabus here
  • Download the College Essay Workbook here.
  • Register for the CYOA Tool here. Access the Tool here.
Additionally, below are the essay prompts for some commonly applied to colleges. 
  • Macaulay has announced their essay requirements for next year. Click here to view the announcement. 
  • The Common Application essay prompts are here
  • Yeshiva University (YU) essay prompts and application requirements for Fall 2022: Click here to view them. Click here to view requirements and prompts for YU Honors. 
Upcoming Events and Announcements
  • Macaulay Honors College (CUNY) is hosting virtual events for prospective students. Click here for more info and to register. The application deadline and essay requirements have changed from previous years. We strongly recommend attending a session to hear important updates. 
  • NYU is now offering live virtual tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Click here to register. 
  • Registration for the 'Get a Shot to Make Your Future' lottery is open! Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the COVID-19 vaccine incentive for 12- to 17-year-olds. Participants can enter into a random prize drawing to win a full scholarship to a SUNY or CUNY college. New York State will administer the random drawings and select 10 winners a week over five weeks for a total of 50 winners! Click here to register. You must be registered by June 28th to be eligible for at least one drawing! There are only two left!  
Standardized Testing
You will find the most up-to-date information about college testing requirements on colleges’ admission office websites. For your convenience, we keep track of many colleges on a sheet here. We continue to update the sheet as we learn more information.
CUNY Testing Policy Update
In case you missed it, CUNY announced the extension of their test-blind policy for the Class of 2022. This means that the CUNY colleges (including Macaulay Honors) will not consider any ACT or SAT scores as part of their application review. Click here to read more.
Some students may still have a need or desire to sit for standardized testing. Please discuss your plans or questions with your college counselor. Registration is required if you plan to take a test.
Registering for SATs and ACTs
SAT: The first time you register for the SAT, you can do so online, but you must select a Saturday test date in the month you want to take the exam. After you complete your online registration, you will need to contact Customer Service to follow the procedure to switch to a Sunday date and location. The steps are outlined here. PLEASE DO NOT WAIT TO CONTACT CUSTOMER SERVICE TO REQUEST THE SWITCH.
Note: You will need to fill out and submit a clergy letter, which you can pick up in the College Guidance Office or download here. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO REGISTER FOR TESTS. You could find that you are unable to complete the process to change to a Sunday site or secure a seat at your desired location.
Registration for SAT dates in August, October, November, and December will open by early July.
ACT: You can register for Sunday test dates on the ACT website. At the point where the registration asks you to select a test center, be sure to follow the link to non-Saturday test dates and you will pick from a list of Sunday options.
Registration for ACT exams in September, October, December, and later dates next school year will open in early July.
Summer is Here! Make it Count!
The school year has ended and now is the ideal time to research and really get into learning (or learning more) about colleges and searching for scholarships! Here are some resources to use:
  • Our list of links to virtual tours/events of many popular colleges for Flatbush students.
  • OU-JLIC is also an incredible resource, as is Hillel.
  • As you search, we encourage you to copy and use College Essay Guy’s College List Research & Essay Tracker to stay organized.
  • Most colleges’ undergraduate admissions webpages offer access to virtual campus events, tours, and ways to connect with the admissions staff and other parts of the campus community. Several colleges are resuming in person tours!
Have a wonderful and restful summer! We will be available via email on a limited basis so please feel free to reach out with any questions. Thank you for a little extra time to respond. We look forward to seeing you in the fall! 
Ms. Long, Rabbi Rosenblum, Ms. Natov, Mrs. Dressler,
Rabbi Schwartz, and Mrs. Kuznicki

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