College life isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. Although there’re plenty of great stuff and campus parties, lovely girls, good friends, rich extracurricular activities, quality material base, fraternities and sororities, there also lots of hardships such as heavier workload in comparison to what you had in school, living independently, minding your own finances (or at least finally beginning to), first broken heart, demanding professors, living away from family and old friends, college major choosing ordeals, etc.
As you just saw, college life might be tough at times, so you’d better be ready for what’s there planned for you. From choosing a college to weighting in proper career choices, planning for college starts two years prior to sending out application forms. Here’re the things to get busy doing prior to become a college student.
Junior high school year
- Decide on what would you actually like to do for a living, what major you potentially might be interested in
- Look up educational establishments which would best serve your career goals and expectations, learn of their application requirements
- Decide on whether you’re ready to move to another town/state, or would you rather stayed closest to the home possible
- Tailor your assignment writing skills to be ready for what more difficult college tasks prepared for you
- Keep your high grade point average (GAP) as high as possible to live up to the requirements of the application committees in chosen colleges
- Learn about scholarship programs and what are those you could possible apply for
- It’s a good idea to attend open days and selected venues to learn what is what and how college life actually looks like
- Consult with parents regarding your college tuition fund, will getting a student loan be necessary?
- Get involves in extra-curricular activities and community services, as admission boards prefer such students other those doing little or none social work at all; collect all the virtues you can to then cast a good impression and beat competitors who don’t put too much work outside the classroom
- All in all, on your first high school year engage in preparatory work, test the waters and generally study the options
Senior high school year: first half
- Narrow down the list of colleges to 3-5 you’ll most definitely try to apply for
- Take the ACT or SAT test, make sure to score well in order to hold a higher ground against other applicants as well as to enjoy higher chances of getting a scholarship
- Study essentials of college term paper and coursework writing in advance
- Attend chosen college campus tours, attend lectures, if possible, as well as join tours usually help by senior college students around the campus, most colleges let high school students to do that
- Fetch the list of scholarship you could possible apply for, learn the requirements
- Attend college and city libraries for seminars regarding student financial management and details on how the student loan thing works
- Filling in Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) form hasn’t hurt anybody yet, so why not do it?
- Once again, have a more detailed conversation with parents regarding the college tuition fund and how long could the support you financially while at college
Senior high school year: second half
- Make your final decision regarding what college to attend, what scholarship program to apply for and whether you need FAFSA
- Inform your school authorities regarding your decision, file all the required documents
- Start working on your admission essay, take enough time to prepare a hands down compelling piece
- Get professional homework help in can’t live up with the current schedule
- Gather any testimonial of your educational successes and social work participation to forward with a college application form
- Seek to re-take at ACT or SAT test to match admission requirements of a selected college
- Send out your applications, wait for the answer to come back
- Start packing, next fall you’re a college student!