Congratulations on your college acceptances! As you continue to receive them, start signing up for campus tours. Attending campus tours is the perfect way to “seal the deal” and really decide which campus is the best fit for you while learning fun facts about the university and gaining more than enough information about your intended major.
While you are visiting the campus, try and meet with somebody in the department you want to study in. This may better enhance your understanding and awareness of programs offered to you during your next four years. They may also be able to introduce you to a few current students in your major, so that you can gain a student’s perspective of what the campus will be like.
Many colleges and universities look at your SAT scores. The Scholastic Assessment Test (formerly the Scholastic Aptitude Test) can be used on college applications to help universities determine your standing and competitiveness. The new SAT is now three hours long with an optional allotted time of 50 minutes for students who choose to write an essay. There are three components to the SAT:
- Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
- Essay (optional)
Although your GPA is an important factor on your college applications, your standardized test scores are also a key component. Make sure to take the SAT prior to applying and send out your SAT scores on time. It is also important for you to study for this test so you can obtain a high score and stand out! You can find more information about the SAT including, test dates, registration, and access study materials on College Board.
Take advantage of the resources College Board has to offer and you will see that the time you invested was worth it!
CSU Channel Islands offers opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills, such as the leadership certification program. I attended the 10th annual Back to Basics Leadership Retreat, the first level of the program, which teaches students the basics of leadership including communication, teamwork, professionalism and motivation.
Through the retreat, I learned important skills and characteristics of a leader. Delegate tasks, especially the ones that you are already good at. Hold onto those that are difficult because that is how you grow; you won’t know what you are capable of until you challenge yourself. Higher education is a place to try new things. Before college, I was so shy and insecure about interacting with others. College put me in a position to explore and step out of my comfort zone, and it changed the way I view myself.
I also learned to do everything in such a way that everyone can see I am honest, clear and thorough. I need to be bold rather than worry about “looking good.” Sometimes, we are so worried about how we look that we forget to hold ourselves with integrity. The most important aspects of being a leader and simply ourselves, is living life with integrity and transparency.