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College Planning Calendar: November 2021

Stay on top of the college planning process with our monthly College Planning Calendar for counselors, students, and parents. Happy November planning!

When did November happen? This fall seems to be flying by so fast; before you know it, it’ll be Christmas break and the start of a new year. But before that happens, there are some things students should be doing this month to plan for college and set themselves up for the future. Happy planning! 

General monthly planning

  • High school freshmen: If they haven’t already, November is a good time for ninth graders to meet with their school counselor to start planning out courses for the coming year that will challenge them and set them up for college success later.
  • High school sophomores: 10th graders should be spending this time finding additional extracurricular activities if they didn’t find their niche during freshman year. It’s also time to start studying for the PSAT if they’ve already signed up!
  • High school juniors: November is a good time for juniors to really buckle down on the things that will help boost their future college applications: good grades and extracurricular activities.
  • High school seniors: Any students applying to college Early Action or Early Decision should be finalizing their applications before the deadlines sneak up. This month is also the time to make sure that scores have been sent to colleges of interest if they’ve taken the SAT or ACT.

Month-long observances and celebrations

  • Career Development Month: Teach students about the importance of career prep this month to help them prepare for a bright future.
  • Native American Heritage Month: Educate and celebrate Native American heritage by visiting nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov or sharing our Native American content.
  • National Diabetes Awareness Month: Diabetes affects way more people—way more students—than you might think. Learn more from the American Diabetes Association about how you can help and spread awareness.
  • National Novel Writing Month: This is the perfect month for students who are aspiring authors to brush up on their writing skills and bust out that novel they have within them.
  • National Scholarship Month: Encourage your students to apply for as many scholarships as they can this month (and every month!). They can start looking for awards with our handy Scholarship Search tool. 

Monday, November 1

Dia de los Muertos (All Saints’ Day)

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday to honor and remember loved ones who have passed.

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via GIPHY 

Tuesday, November 2

US Election Day

Encourage students who are eligible to get out there and vote today! Remember: State elections are equally as important to participate in as presidential ones.

5 Reasons Every Young Adult Should Vote: If your students are on the fence about voting, give them these five good reasons to show up to the polls. 

Thursday, November 4

Free virtual financial aid webinar

Moon Prep is hosting a free virtual webinar this month on “Top Tips for Getting Financial Aid, Even for Higher-Income Families.” Students can sign up for this event on Thursday the 4th from 8:00–9:00 pm.

Free SAT Bootcamp

Students can sign up for a free Kaplan SAT Bootcamp session on Tuesday the 9th from 7:00–8:30 pm.  

Sunday, November 7

Daylight Saving Time ends

Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before you go to sleep on Saturday night! 

Thursday, November 11

Veterans Day

Today is a US federal holiday honoring military veterans.

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Animation Domination High-Def via GIPHY

Saturday, November 13

World Kindness Day

Celebrate and inspire kindness today! You can find resources on how to participate and celebrate today on Inspire Kindness’s website. 

Scholarships for Kindness: Did you know students can win free money for college just from being kind? A great example is the annual TrophyCentral Sportsmanship Scholarship Award, which is awarded to high school seniors who “have demonstrated a unique or special form of sportsmanship, kindness, or compassion.” Being kind really does pay off!  

Monday, November 15

Free ACT Prep Class

Students can get ready for the ACT with this free prep class from Kaplan on Monday the 15th from 7:30–8:30 pm.

America Recycles Day

Help our planet by learning more about recycling and how you can really make a difference.

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Bhumi Pednekar via GIPHY 

Tuesday, November 16

International Day of Tolerance

As designated by the UN, today is a day to “foster mutual understanding among cultures and peoples.”

Thursday, November 18

Free virtual college advice webinar

Moon Prep is hosting another free webinar this month. The “Ask Me Anything—Get Advice From an Experienced College Counselor” webinar will take place on Thursday the 18th from 8:00–9:00 pm.

Sunday, November 21

Free SAT Bootcamp

If they miss the first session, students can still prep for the SAT with Kaplan on Sunday the 21st from 2:00–3:30 pm. 

SAT Word Game: After they finish the webinar, students can brush up on their SAT vocabulary with our fun SAT Word Game.

Thursday, November 25

American Thanksgiving

Eat some turkey, take a long nap, and—of course—give thanks. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Monday, November 29

First day of Hannukah

Also called the Festival of Lights, the eight-day Jewish holiday begins on Sunday evening at sundown. Have a happy, happy, happy, happy Hannukah!

Tuesday, November 30

Free ACT Prep Class

If your students need another day to prepare, Kaplan has a second free ACT prep class to finish out the month on Tuesday the 30th from 6:30–7:30 pm. 

CollegeXpress easy scholarship deadline

Today is the last day for students to enter the CollegeXpress Search Is On Scholarship Contest for a chance to win $2,000. Share this easy-money opportunity with your students now! 

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Have your students joined the CollegeXpress community yet? Refer them here! They can also check out our Ultimate College Search Guide series on YouTube for quick college planning videos covering all four years of high school! 

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