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What Should a Junior Be Doing This Year?

Meet With Your School Guidance Counselor.

Check your class rank and GPA. Determine what classes you need to graduate from high school and get into your first-choice college.

Plan Your Senior Class Schedule.

Challenge yourself by reviewing possible honors and AP/AICE/IB or dual enrollment classes. Colleges pay attention to senior year courses and grades, so set yourself up to stand out.

Explore Possible Careers and Majors.

Complete several online questionnaires and tests that have been developed to help you figure out a possible major and career choice. Seek advice from your parents, friends, and teachers.


      • Take the PSAT in October. When you take this test in the 11th grade, a high score can qualify you for a National Merit Scholarship.
      • Practice taking the SAT or ACT Test. Use an SAT/ACT prep book or online program to experience what it’s like taking the tests from beginning to end. This will help you focus on improving your weak areas.
      • Register for the ACT, SAT, and/or SAT Subject Tests. Decide when and where to take the test(s) and make sure you register by the deadlines so you don’t have to pay late fees.

Narrow down your College List.

Search online. Go to college fairs. Talk to college representatives that visit your school. Visit local colleges to get a feel for what you like and dislike: Large or small school? Public or private? Close to home or out-of-state?

Visit your Top 3-5 Colleges.

Take campus tours. Speak with teachers and students. Talk with the school admissions counselors and financial-aid staff. If you can’t visit in person, look for virtual tours and college forums online.

Discuss Financial Aid with your Parents.

Have a frank discussion with your parents about the costs of college and what they can afford. Of course, scholarships and financial aid can make a huge difference. Attend a financial aid meeting at your school.

Participate in Extracurricular Activities.

Colleges like well-rounded students who participate in more than just academics. Become a leader, play sports, join a school club or get involved in community service. It look good on your application, and offer you an opportunity to learn and grow.

Ask for Letters of Recommendation.

Reach out to counselors, teachers, mentors you want to ask for a letter of recommendation. Why wait until the last minute.

Work on College Applications.

Download applications to the colleges you want to attend. Compose rough drafts of the essays you will need. Review them with an English teacher or counselor. Your essay should be flawless and error-free.

Maximize your Summer Experience.

      • Seek out volunteer or internship opportunities. Demonstrate your willingness to serve others and make your community a better place. These are traits that your college admissions officer look for.
      • Take Summer Classes. Attend a summer program (academic enrichment, dual enrollment, travel) that can enhance your chances of getting into a competitive college.

Check off the boxes: College list narrowed to 3-5 top choices. High GPA. Great test scores. Letters of recommendation completed. Resume with all your extracurricular and community activities. Now, you’re ready to start your senior year with a bang!

Don’t Be Overwhelmed!

Let me help you find the answers. Get Knowledge for College can simplify the process for the entire family. Choosing to work with Mr. Mastroianni will :

  • Encourage your child to believe in themselves and meet their educational goals.
  • Help relieve the stress between you and your child in this time-consuming college search process,
  • Save you money by helping select the best-fit college and increase the likelihood of a positive college experience.

Imagine This…

  • Your child knows which careers and majors will fit his/her personality and interests.
  • You know how to navigate the financial aid process and understand merit and need-based aid.
  • Your child knows which college they will thrive at.
  • Your child completes college applications, essays, and financial aid forms well before they’re due.

Sound impossible?

It’s Not!

It’s what we do at Get Knowledge for College.

College Planning Service Options

The primary mission of Get Knowledge for College is to help your family through the confusing college search and application process. No one can guarantee your child will be accepted at your first-choice college. It’s up to the student to maintain a high GPA, take a rigorous curriculum, and be active in leadership, volunteerism, and extracurricular activities. We are here to help your child make the best decisions for their future. Personal coaching will occur via one-on-one video conferencing (Skype, Webinar jam, or phone).  Sessions typically last 60 minutes. Prior to our conference, I will ask you to complete a Student Information Form so that valuable time isn’t wasted gathering information.



Getting Started
College Bound Strategy Session (no cost)

Give me fifteen minutes so we can determine if working together would be a good fit. It’s an ideal opportunity to ask questions, clarify your goals, and discuss service options. Consultations will occur via phone, Skype or Webinar jam. Click on the button below and let’s get this show on the road!


Services NOT Provided

Get Knowledge for College believes the qualities that make a student a competitive candidate for the college of his or her choice are:  the rigor of the academic curriculum, test scores, weighted GPA, essays, leadership positions, community contributions, and extra-curricular activities.

In accordance with the rules of the Principles of Good Practice which all IECA members adhere to, we cannot and will not:

  • Guarantee admission to any institution
    Promise any form of financial aid or scholarships
  • Write or substantially revise application essays.
  • Knowingly misrepresent a student’s credentials.
  • Accept compensation based on offers of admission.

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