Some strong advice for high school students who plan to attend college a year from now: "Don't sluff off during your senior year."
Several high school guidance counselors stressed that during interviews with Channel 6 News.
"A senior should be taking challenging classes that are competitive," said Steve Werzberger, a guidance counselor at Creighton Prep for the last 30 years.
"College don't want to see a student sluff off that senior year."
Many colleges also require an essay or written recommendations from teachers.
Wertzberger said, "Don't procrastinate. Write the essay and have a guidance counselor look it over."
Students should also check with the colleges they're interested in to find out whether SAT or ACT scores are required.
Applications for college should be filled out during the first weeks of school according to Bette Norton Ball who is with the guidance department at Omaha Central High School. "The students resume should be completed at this time and three teachers should be lined up for recommendations if they're required."
In regard to applications, some schools, including Creighton University, are included on a website that is designed to help students apply to a number of colleges at once by filling out a single application. The website for The Common Application is: commonapp.org.
And for a complete college preparation guide that outlines what parents and students should do at certain times of the year, click on the link included with this story.