Looking back on my education process, I wished there was someone to remind and clue me in on the important steps in college applications. I remember feeling overwhelmed and unsure. Even with my own research, it was a lot to tackle. Here are some reminders for those beginning their applications for college or have family members that do!
You Can Do It!
✨ Good luck to everyone in the college application process and to those who have family members that are currently applying! It is not an easy process, but you got this! While many of these tips may seem obvious, for those who don’t have family members or others to support them through the process, here are some tips and reminders.🤗:
📚 SATs/ACTs are incredibly important standardized tests because it maximizes your chances of getting into your intended school of study. Many schools have a specific minimum requirement for these exams. While some schools also take students that have scores outside of these ranges, your chances tend to be greater with higher scores. I highly recommend learning the format of the exams and reviewing the topics with practice questions/tests. These can be found at bookstores, libraries, and some teachers at your school may have books for you to borrow too! Also, certain states and schools also offer test fee waivers (check online for your city/state to see if you qualify).
Beef up That Report Card
📝 Academia isn’t for everyone but if you’re struggling in classes reach out to your teachers, tutors, peers, and Google! There are so many resources on the internet. It is never too late to ask for help!
Talk to Your School Counselor
👩💼 If possible, schedule time to speak with your school counselor. They can be a great resource in providing guidance for you and deadlines. Some might even know of test prep classes, waivers, scholarships, and other resources they can recommend to you.
🖥️ Do Your Research
Think about what the most important factors are for you when applying to college! Don’t just pick one because you heard it’s “great”. Is location an important factor? Look at how much financial aid the school offers. What is the overall vibe of the school? Do they have an active campus community? Do they provide certain perks? Do they offer your field of study? What is important to you and does that fit in with what the school offers?
Cultivate Genuine Relationships
🍎 Build and maintain relationships with your teachers, school counselor, coach, etc. that you feel have a made positive difference for you on your education journey. For applications, you will need letters of recommendations. Think about who you want to ask to write your letter. Be selective about who you ask because the person needs to know you enough to represent you and vouch for you as a student.
🚨 Start as early as you can! Even if you are just a freshman or sophomore in HS. Time flies and you don’t have to wait until junior year to get started!
This is a brief list of topics that I felt are important to stress based on my own application experiences. If you have questions about specifics, let me know in the comments!
Until next time,