Preparing for college can seem like a difficult process but the earlier you begin planning for college the easier it will be to go to college. I first began thinking about college in 9th grade and met with my school counselor to discuss what classes to take in order to meet college admissions requirements. I also went to my school’s College and Career Center to learn more about different colleges. My advice would be to start preparing early!
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!
The best way to prepare for college is to learn how to be self-sufficient. When you get to college, you’re an adult and the professors treat you like one. If you can learn how to stay organized, meet deadlines and study all on your own (without your parents telling you to!) then you’ll be in good shape for college life. I recommend a weekly planner and actually using it. Plan out your semester in the first week and you’ll thank yourself later.
High School to college is a huge stepping-stone and it is very important to be well prepared for it. High school students can prepare by researching different schools both in state and out of state to branch out. They should look at school locations, programs, degrees, and housing. Once you have a list of schools you should always check out the campus. Usually schools hold preview days, information sessions or personal campus tours for prospective students. Organization is the key for college applications; it’s crucial to have all the important dates written down and completing all the required documents. Other than preparation, students should be engaged in the high school and build relationships with teachers. They give great advice and become good recommendation letters.
Senior year can be one of the most stressful but memorable times of our lives. From applying to different colleges, maintaining high grades to senior events, it is one hectic year. Utilizing our time to organize and refresh ourselves can be achieved through breaks such as winter or spring breaks. This is a time where you can think about organizing your summer into a productive one. You can look for different volunteering opportunities around your community. Or use this time as an opportunity to look into the different clubs, organizations or sororities you plan on joining. Extra time like these breaks can help balance out the stress, so use your time wisely.
This is probably the most heartfelt ceremony for you, your friends and your family because it means “goodbye high school, hello college.” You know what school you are going to attend, but thats pretty much all you know; you have no idea what to do, where to start or what to ask. But don’t worry, you are definitely not alone. High school is a different experience for everyone, but it is a vital part of everyone’s life because it is the phase that influences what life will have in store for you. Graduation is a very important day because it represents your struggle for the past 4 years and it is also initiates the adult life you are about to pursue. I suggest planning for graduation on the first day of school. Complete those 4 years strong knowing that you gave it your best. Do well so that when you receive your diploma, you know you are being rewarded for your hard work. Graduation is an indication that you are ready to move on to bigger and better things so cry, but cry of happiness. It is a very special day so make it worth it. After that, only great things are ahead of you.