Education is the Passport for the Future
Reported By: Jaquelle Quenan
Among the many stresses of graduating, is not only figuring out what college to attend but also applying. In order to take some of the pressure off this process, here are a few things to know before applying to college. Colleges do look at your entire high school career. So when studying seems unbearable, remember that it will all pay off in the long run. Start researching early. Early can mean freshman or sophomore year, which may seem crazy but it really is not a bad idea. Having a solid list of schools to apply to by the end of junior year is the ideal situation. Therefore, college visits and the entire application process may not seem so scary. Once you have the list of schools you potentially would like to go to, setup a visit prior to applying. This will allow you a glimpse into not only the campus but also the college experience you will receive. Doing this can really help in narrowing down schools. Consider taking both the SAT and the ACT. Most schools will accept either test, so taking both of these won’t hurt. Along with this, take each test twice. Statistically, students do better the second time around. Lastly, get in touch with an admissions counselor at the school(s) you’re applying to. There is typically a list of admissions counselors by region on a school’s website. So email them, introduce yourself, and ask a question or two. Don’t be afraid to talk to them, they want to see that you are interested in going there. The applying process can be extremely intimidating, but following these tips and being prepared can really help in reducing the stress.