College Planning Tips for February

Posted by Alyssa Pascarella on Feb 2, 2018 11:04:00 AM

February is here and we can't help but wonder how we are already here. One month into the new year. If you are like most of us, you probably set a New Year's resolution or two to improve your life. Have you stayed on track when it comes to your New Year's resolution? Maybe you wanted to workout three times a week or you wanted to come up with a new strategy for studying. Regardless of your resolution, it's important to keep your goals in sight, your motivation high, and resolve to follow through.

If you fell off the wagon, then let February be a fresh start for you! Set some goals and devise some tactics that will help you achieve your goals.


Hopefully, by this point, your college applications and FAFSA have been submitted and now you're just waiting to hear back on the schools' decisions and financial aid awards. Just because all of the hard work is done doesn't mean it's time to kick up your feet and relax. There are still things that you can be doing!

Revisit Schools

If you still find yourself liking two schools exactly the same, plan a second visit back. Do all of the things you didn't get to do initially that could make or break your college experience. Eat a meal in the dining hall to see what type of options there are, sit in on a class or two to experience the teaching styles, and even spend a night with a current student if that is an option. Getting the whole experience, academic and social, is important. You want to make sure that you are going to be happy with your investment.

Apply for Scholarships

Continue to apply for scholarships that can help you pay for college. College is a big investment and saving money anywhere you can is a good idea. Start your local scholarship search at RIScholarships. If you're not sure if scholarships are worth the effort, this blog might change your mind.


Students should begin to identify teachers they want to ask for recommendation letters. These teachers should know you and your work well. It is ideal to find a teacher who may also be a coach or advisor. Coaches and advisors tend to know students a little bit better outside of the classroom and can speak to your personality, leadership capabilities, or overall persona that an in-school teacher might not be exposed to. It is always a good idea to have a backup teacher in mind in case one teacher unexpectedly cannot produce your letter of recommendation.

Juniors should start preparing to take the March SAT. You can register for the SAT on College Board. There are plenty of SAT prep courses online and in person that can help prepare you for test questions that you may see on test day. College Board has a helpful SAT Guide for Students. The guide includes tips, strategies, sample questions, and more!

If you find yourself needing any sort of college planning advice make an appointment with the RISLA College Planning Center.

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Topics: College Planning