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It’s officially fall (although the 88 degree weather outside would beg to differ) and the college admissions marathon is in high-gear. There’s a lot to stay on top of no matter what year of high school you’re in, but senior year is especially hectic with looming application deadlines, tests to be taken, recommendations to get written, and last minute-college visits.  To help you stay organized and on top of everything, check out the FREE college admissions counseling program My College Calendar.

My favorite feature is that once you log-in and create an account, you can upload your own school calendar and start receiving daily reminders to help you stay on top of your college admission deadlines.  It’s like having your own personal college counselor, and it doesn’t cost a thing!  Hmmm…anyone going to develop an iPhone app for this?

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Q: “I’m only 14, but I feel like I’m mature enough to attend college already! How am I going to survive four more years of high school if I feel like I’m already past it?”

–Ashley, 14, Cocoa, FL

A: It’s so hard to feel like you’re over high school already and still have a few more years to go! If you really feel like you’re ready for the challenge of attending college, there are some options for students like you. Many high schools offer head-start programs that allow their students to take classes at the local community or junior college in place of the regular high school courses. Talk to your high school counselor and your parents about this option, and see if it’s right for you. Worst-case scenario: you try it for one semester and realize it’s not for you, and you’re back to taking classes on the high school campus.

If your school doesn’t offer an option like this, then my advice is to surround yourself with people who have similar thoughts about college. Chances are you’re not the only one who is ready for college, and you’ll likely find those students in the college prep, advanced placement (AP), or international baccalaureate (IB) classes. Plus, those more advanced classes will prepare you to be able to handle the academic side of university life. If you’re bored with the social scene at your school, then try joining community activities that will introduce you to people of all ages, such as cooking or dance classes, volunteering with nature conservationists, or getting involved with local politics. Not only will you expand your social circle, you’ll also build a great activity list to include on your college applications. Hang in there — only a few more years to go! (first published on Seventeen’s College Q&A)

For more high school and college advice, check out my new book Seventeen’s Guide to Getting Into College!

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