Don’t take it easy after submitting your college application

Your senior year can be a challenging time. After you've submitted your college application, it can be tempting to take it easy until you start your degree. However, according to an article in The New York Times, slacking off after submitting college applications can hurt your chances in the long run.

Martha Merrill, dean of admissions at Connecticut College, wrote that many schools will want to see continued effort between submission of your college application and the end of your senior year.

"We expect the students we admit will continue to demonstrate the traits that distinguished them during the admission process throughout senior year and during the years spent on our campus," Merrill wrote. "If you can’t maintain that level of success during your senior year, you cast doubt on your ability to succeed in college."

As well as jeopardizing a potential offer of acceptance, slipping grades can hurt financially, too. According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, some schools such as Wilkes University in Pennsylvania offer merit-based financial aid packages based on class rank.

It's hard to keep pushing yourself after submitting your college applications, but the hard work can really pay off. Don't give up, and strive to achieve the very best grades you can right up until graduation. 

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