Senior classrooms all over the world are abuzz now that university admissions season is upon us!
No matter how excited (or nervous) your students are about the new adventure they’ll be embarking on come September, there’s no escaping the fact that there’s still plenty to do before they’re ready to move away to university!
That’s especially true for counsellors working with students applying abroad, who’ve suddenly found their classroom in a whirlwind of mismatched deadlines, different types of acceptance letters and conditional offers, and more.
There’s the group of students who applied through early decision tracks (like Early Action in the US or Oxbridge in the UK), who’ve had their paperwork in order since the new year.
On the other end of the spectrum, you’ve got students waiting for European Universities’ late-summer deadlines to find out where they’ll be moving in September.
In the middle, you’ve got the students anxiously awaiting their exam results to discover whether they’ve met their conditional offers.
And then you’ve got the students who, unfortunately, have heard back from their applications… but haven’t been offered a university place.
Add to that any final preparations before your school breaks up for the holidays and it’s no wonder that the lead-up to summer (and results day) can quickly become the most stressful time of the year for international schools… with counsellors, students, and parents alike sliding into panic-mode.
But no matter the outcome of their applications, you and your students have poured an enormous amount of energy into their applications all year.
It’s only natural to want to support them all the way through to the finish line - the moment they arrive, suitcase in hand, to their new university accommodation excited to begin a degree.
So how can you help your students navigate the transition from school to university? And, perhaps even more importantly, how can you support the students who want, or need, to make last-minute application plans or changes?