The Norman Transcript

October 24, 2013

Seniors should be prepared

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Now that the school year is in full swing, your senior students will be told very important information. We know sometimes this doesn’t always make it home to the parents. Because of this, we want to relay a few things to parents of seniors.

Now is the time to set up your FAFSA (Free Application For Student Aid) account. Don’t be confused by any other similar websites. Go to and get the preliminary information entered so when January arrives along with 2013 tax amounts, you’ll be ready to go.

Keep your PIN number in a safe place because you will use this for years each time you log on. Even if you think you won’t qualify, colleges and universities use this for their own financial aid offerings.

It’s highly recommended to visit potential college campuses to find out if that school is a good fit. Just because grandparents or parents attended a particular school doesn’t always mean it’s the right school for the child.

In case you’ve forgotten, senioritis is a real disease. There is no cure other than graduation. Your seniors need to know that good attendance and keeping their grades and GPA up are essential. Encourage them to take ownership in their school, be involved in activities and have fun. The time will go by very quickly.

If your senior hasn’t taken the ACT or SAT, make sure they do so. Some universities are beginning a holistic approach to the application process, meaning they consider all aspects of the student based on short-answer, thought provoking, essay questions. This definitely helps that student who may not have the best GPA or highest ACT score.

Your student may be considering other options besides college. If the military is of interest, the recruiters will come to the high schools and talk to them about what is best. They may want to finish a second year of a tech center program.

They also may need to work for a year to save money to attend school at a later time. They will need to build positive relationships with adults in the school building because these adults will be excellent resources to use as references and/or recommendations when job searching.

Make sure you realize how expensive a senior year can be. A few of the costs you should be aware of that are senior related, are: senior pictures, cap and gown rental, announcements/invitations to graduation, clothes for different senior functions, graduation gifts, college application fees, ACT/SAT testing fees, yearbook salutes … the list can get quite extensive. We just wanted you to be aware of these upcoming expenses.

This is a fun, different type of year. Try to enjoy it with your student. It may be the last time they actually live at home. Quit hooting and hollering and jumping for joy — the neighbors might call the police.

Send questions to Sally and Jeannie are certified school counselors with more than 50 years combined educational experience. The responses presented don’t necessarily reflect the views of any certain school district.