My husband helps evaluate high school seniors applying to MIT. He routinely meets awesome young people. Most of whom have strong academic records. Many have other aspects of their backgrounds that make them above average applicants. From his experiences over the past many years he believes that too often young people and their parents fail to develop an early stage strategy that will enhance their child's chances of gaining admission to the college of their choice. He believes that by time kids enter high school they should have a strategy and plan for how they will be spending the high years positioning themselves for the college application process. Waiting to think about these things until they are high juniors or seniors is way too late.

At a minimum young people entering high school should:

Jack's experience has been that high school guidance counselors are often overwhelmed trying to provide exceptional advice to all their college applicants. As a result, parents and their kids have to assume the basic responsibility for gaining admission to the right college.