College Access Newsletter

January 2016 Edition

Junior Students: Now is the time!

This edition of the College Access Newsletter is dedicated to our juniors -- the graduating class of 2017. This coming semester is a crucial time in you educational life. It is time to start making some of your most important decisions regarding your post-secondary education. During this semester you should: 1) Prepare for and take the SAT, 2) Continue to build you academic resume with good grades in challenging courses and by taking leadership roles in extra-curricular activities, and 3) gathering information on prospective colleges.

Remember, your future is too important to leave to chance. You need to plan now!

The Junior Timeline.

What should I get done before my senior year?

  1. Take the SAT
  2. Prepare for a challenging senior year. Choose classes that will help gain you access to the school you want to attend.
  3. Start you scholarship search. There are many scholarships out there; you just need to spend a little bit of time and effort to find them. Use online scholarship search tools like to find a wide range of scholarship options. Just remember, these tools should always be free. Do not use those that charge.
  4. Contact your recommendation writers. You will be needing at least two letters of recommendation for college applications and scholarships. Let them know early so they can prepare.
  5. Apply for a summer job or internship. The right position look great on a resume.
  6. Set up appointments at your top college choices. You should try to visit at least two or three of your potential colleges during the summer.

Merrill Community Early College

Most Merrill Students can save thousands of dollars by committing to our Early College program. In fact, someone who is planning on attending Delta College and then transferring to Saginaw Valley State University could save over $16,000 in tuition!

In addition, students will receive extra-support from our Early College staff and help in obtaining the all-important work experience and/or internship.

If you haven't yet committed to join our program, be sure to seek out more information by asking Mrs. Mager or Mr. Kitzmiller.

Preparing for the SAT

For the first time ever, the creators of the SAT have given Khan Academy exclusive access and advice to build a personalized practice program for anyone, anywhere. These tools are free and available now for every student to take ownership of their learning and their future.

Features of this free resource include:

  • 4 official full-length practice tests
  • study and test taking tips
  • 8 diagnostic quizzes to pinpoint top areas for practice
  • thousands of practice questions
  • video lessons and hints
  • instant feedback

More information available at

Upcoming Events

Junior Trip to Central Michigan University

Friday, Jan. 29th, 8:45am-1:15pm

1200 South Franklin Street

Mount Pleasant, MI

All juniors are invited to attend CMU for a campus tour and lunch.


Tuesday, April 12th, 8am

555 West Alice Street

Merrill, MI

All juniors in the State will be taking the SAT.

Junior Trip to SVSU

Friday, April 15th, 9am

7400 Bay Road

University Center, MI

All juniors are invited to attend SVSU for a campus tour and lunch.