Congratulations for getting accepted Early Decision (ED) to the top college of your choice. You deserve knowing that you have found your match college so early. YET, every year I work with students who lose their ED spot, because they enter what I term the “black hole of senior year.”Students: Truly, keep working hard. Mild senioritis is normal. Extreme is not. Enjoy your summer after graduation. Stay committed to high school.Parents: You need to keep a keener eye on your Early Decision child than ever before. Contact the school once a month to keep track. Contact teachers and ask for any notifications of lower grades or conduct.

Accepted Early Decision?: Five Dangers to Avoid

Johanna made sure to let colleges know she has surmounted major challenges to make it to college. She spent significant time writing her essays. She told powerful stories to help convince major top colleges to accept her.

Tell Your Story in Your Application Essays.