Greetings students! So happy you stopped by the HTGTC Blog! Going to college is a big commitment and with that comes huge rewards! As a student who has completed college and is now in graduate school, I am delighted to share my tips on how you can best prepare. The keyword I am going to stress to you is simple: PREPARE!
Here are a few tips you can all use on your journey to college:
Do your research—look into schools that interest you and explore their major options. Keep in mind how aligned each college and its majors are with your own personal, academic, and career goals. Visit college websites for starters and take a campus tour of any school that really jumps out at you. Also, note all deadlines for each school, not only for admission, but for scholarships and financial aid information. A good example of one tool you can use for college preparation, planning, and applying is www.CSUmentor.edu
Also, be responsible for yourself and stay informed! In college, you won’t always have mom, dad, and teachers staying on you about handling your business. You have to be responsible for you, and develop self-discipline. Take control of your education now and I promise you won’t regret it!
I go to Cal State San Marcos, and it’s great! It’s a small school in a small town and it’s been a great fit for me, but it’s not for everyone. I definitely recommend checking out as many colleges as possible because they are all so different. Create a list of things you want in a university and find one that fits you. Believe me, there is a college out there that is exactly what you’re looking for.
In California, there are four different categories of colleges. Community college, CSU, UC, and private/independent. Which is the best? There is no right answer. There are hundreds of colleges and each one differs in what they have to offer. I’m sure there is a perfect one just for YOU! All you have to do is research schools online. What interests you? Do you want to go somewhere with a large student population? A variety of sports? A school close to home? Somewhere affordable? Think about what your priorities are, what components are important to you, and browse around! Applying to college can seem stressful, but if you think about it you can pick and choose what you like, similar to a buffet!! So relax, take the time to research and visit schools, and have fun with it!