Seniors return in the fall with tangible questions about what they will do after they leave Midland. They must think critically about who they are, and they must be able to articulate whether and why they want to go to college. Armed with the necessary tools, the seniors focus on completing applications and finding the best ways to communicate the essence of who they are to colleges. Once-per-week group meetings provide space and time for filling out applications in a setting where students can ask questions and get immediate answers. Ideally, students will have written college essays during the summer, but many aren’t ready to write until the academic year begins. Students utilize many Midland resources to write and rewrite essays again and again. Standardized testing continues as needed. Each student meets individually with the college counselor as often as necessary, generally at least twice.