Forget New Year’s Resolutions, Set Goals Instead


  • By now, you have submitted all your applications and essays. Waiting is the most difficult part. Unless you elected Early Decision or Early Action, you will have to wait until March or April 1st to hear the good news. Share the good news with those who wrote your letters of recommendation.
  • Follow your high school’s local procedures for sending Mid-Year Reports to colleges that require them.
  • Start filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). An estimate may be sent and later finalized after parent and student taxes have been filed.
  • College notifications will arrive between January and April 1. Some colleges will “announce” decisions via an email or a website and then follow up with a formal letter.
  • In his poem, “A Psalm of Life,” Longfellow advises us to help someone else along the way:

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;

  • From Ben Franklin’s Autobiography: At the beginning of each day, he asked himself, “What good shall I do this day?” At the end of the day, he asked himself, “What good have I done this day?” What a great contribution each of us will make if we plan and reflect daily.
  • Go do something fun this weekend!