This post was written by Alex Khurgin.
Beware the “senior-spring” fallacy! It is NOT the case that you can “stop working” after submitting your college applications or even after being admitted to a college early-action or early-decision. Remember that almost all colleges do request your final transcript before you ship off to campus in the fall. And sometimes, the college will rescind an offer of admission based on this final transcript. A report published by the National Association for College Admission Counseling reveals that in 2007 over one-third of colleges and universities rescinded some offers of admission, and two-thirds of those schools did so in response to falling—not just failing—grades.
An engineer at Knewton relates the cautionary tale of a friend and high school classmate: “Timmy—not his real name—got into Williams College early decision, and had his life planned out: major in history, go to law school, then sip cocktails from a porch in Westchester into his golden years. But not wanting to burn out, Timmy decided to take a nice break, enough of one that his grades dropped from A’s to C’s and D’s, and Williams revoked his admission. He was forced to attend a regional campus of a much less prestigious institution.”