SENIORS/Class of 2020:  

What Should You Be Doing Now??

Increasing Your Chances of College Admissions

Our team in South Florida (Boca Raton, Wellington, Coral Springs, Parkland)  just finished working with our students  in our five-day Writers Block Workshop.  So many of our students have completed their Common App College Essay and are now working on  College Specific Supplemental Essays and details on applications.   While College Counselor Bonnie Rabin, PhD meets one-on-one throughout the summer– please note, our team resumes our writing workshops in the August with the Fall Sunday Series- Please join us in-person in Boca Raton, Florida or ask me how you can attend our group workshop remotely! 
If you’ve been reading my newsletters, you’ve come to appreciate the importance of “passion”. An intrinsically motivated student is secure and naturally seeks to explore academic and extracurricular interests.  For seniors, matching a student’s interests to a specific major area of study is the initial step in the college admissions process.  
I encourage all students to begin applications before the summer.
 All Seniors (’20) 
  • Have you finalized your list of Reach, Match and Safety colleges that provides you with the best fit ‘academically’ within a supportive community of your choice
  • Have you approached teachers for commitments to write required application recommendations?  
  • If not away at a summer program, are you  working on your Common Application / Coalition Application core essay?

  • If you completed your core essay, have you brainstormed and gathered the “informed interest” content needed for your College Specific Supplemental Essays?
  • Finalized your Activities Resume – including the most recent year’s accomplishments and your summer activities?
  • Review all your test scores and if necessary, additional practice and retesting should be scheduled.
    If required for your intended major, begin work on organizing your portfolio.


  • Had the important family conversation about available financial resources and recognize how university choices are aligned?  Can I help you understand which campuses are more likely to extend scholarships based on your “profile”.
  • Essay prompts are unchanged and can be found here:
    COMMON APPLICATION ESSAY PROMPTS  The essay is a critical part of your application allowing you to showcase your strengths, your character, your passion(s) and how you connect to your “community”.  
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Students Take the Lead!
The college application process has many moving parts.  While students are indeed busy, I want to stress the importance of this being a student driven process.  Students are encouraged to take the lead navigating, as it is excellent preparation for the undergraduate experience ahead (course registration, summer internship and study-abroad applications, paying bursar bills, etc.).
Parents and counselors are trusted partners. Rest assured, this time next year your student will be attending graduation parties wearing their college t-shirt!
Awesome college application essays don’t appear on paper in one sitting.  An essay can take multiple drafts to perfect the content and message.
Writing a quality essay will enhance your chances of admission.  Last minute essays run the risk of coming across as rushed and unpolished.
Whether you’re ready to write your college essays or just beginning to research colleges and majors, or perhaps you want to create a customized summer reading plan to explore or deepen an academic/personal interest, I invite you to contact me to schedule your Educational and College Planning Assessment available for rising seniors and all middle and high school students.
Best wishes for a restful and joyful summer!
Have a wonderful week,
Bonnie R. Rabin, Ph.D.
561.509.0021 or  833.MY.ESSAY
College Advising & Educational Planning
South Florida & Anywhere You Are!
Professor Emeritus & Cornell University Alumni Representative- 30+ Years Experience