Planning your college education is as fun and exciting as it is necessary for your success. But preparing for college isn’t easy; unexpected bumps can come along the way.
These tips will help you stay ahead:
- Think about what you want in a school. The most exciting part about planning for college is picturing yourself on campus. As early as possible, think about where you want to be, the type of school you would like to attend (public, private, large, small, etc), and what you want to study. Having an idea about your preferences will be a big help in determining your fit.
- Discuss your college aspirations with the people in your life, even if you are still unsure. Your family, friends, coaches and other people are great sounding boards for your college plans. If you aren’t quite sure of your direction, ask them for advice. They know you best and can help you start and stay on the right path toward college.
- Talk to a guidance counselor. A counselor can help you plan what courses you need to take and give you recommendations on colleges you can check out based on your preferences and aspirations. Counselors are a great resource and talking to them early will give you a head start that will pay off later.
- Plan early for standardized tests. Procrastination is a struggle for many of us, and signing up and studying for the SAT/ACT is very easy to let slide “until tomorrow.” Make sure you sign up for these tests as soon as you can. You can even ask your counselor to help you create a study regimen or find a prep class.
- Never lost sight of your goal! The college planning process can be laid out into easy-to-follow steps, but it is not set in stone and isn’t the same for everyone. If life throws you a curveball or you encounter some problems along the way, the important thing to remember is that with hard work, you can make it through. If you’re feeling lost or unsure about your college future, remind yourself of why you started planning in the first place.
Starting college can be stressful, but luckily there are numerous on-campus resources available to you that can help. Before starting your first semester, make sure you take a few minutes to go online and browse the services and resources that are available on campus. Taking the time now to familiarize yourself with resources like the career center and academic advising office can save you an incredible amount of time once you enter college!
When I started at Cal State Long Beach, I was not aware of the resources available to me as a student. In fact, it wasn’t until a professor assigned a visit to the career center during my third year that I learned about the staff available to help me write my resume or to find local job fairs.
To get ahead and avoid missing out, browse campus websites for student services. It won’t take long for you to realize there is a wealth of information and staff on campus that are there to help you make the most of your college experience!
Best of all, learning more about your school will undoubtedly make you feel like part of the campus community. With your newfound confidence and the information you will have picked up along the way, you will be able to take on any challenge you may face in college.
Ciao everyone! Greetings from Italy. I am currently studying abroad with San Diego State University, taking two classes this summer in a whole different country.
Studying abroad is a program that allows you to study away from your home country and take courses at a different university across the globe. This year, I was able to choose from different programs offered at San Diego State. The great thing about studying abroad is that you can select your desired destination and the type of courses you want to take. I have always wanted to visit Italy because of my Italian origins, and thankfully I had the chance to do so with the help of my university.
You can do it too! When you are in college, you have the opportunity to reach out to advisers and inquire about how you can study abroad. At my campus, advisers at the International Student Center help you plan your trip logistics. Many campuses offer the same help, so the first step is to make an appointment to speak to an adviser about your options. Take advantage of this great opportunity and make your traveling dreams come true.