From High School to College: 8 Useful Tips
Posted date: Oct 16, 2018
Studying at school may be great, but studying at college is even greater! Just believe us. If it is your last year at school - go on reading! Many surveys claim that a lot of school graduators face plenty of problems when they start looking for a desirable college. Thus, we have analyzed and summed up the most frequently asked questions and issues. We have also gathered the most efficient tips and tricks, which every first-year student should know!
Many students do their college searching too late. Thus, they cannot gather all the necessary information and examine all possible college variants. We highly encourage you to look for your college even before your final school year. Pay attention to such items as location, size, district, city, students' and graduators' feedback, college rating, professors list, religious affiliation, college traditions, dorm rules and conditions, transport system and network, graduation opportunities, number of scholarships, student cultural exchanges, inner sport and scientific college life, etc. Use different ways to find out more - ask friends, mates, parents, visit the college website and attend their college "open day." Order all this information using Excel, Word, or other planners to be sure you take into account all essential things. Furthermore, this college list will help you to compare them and choose the best one for you. Try to find out both advantages and disadvantages. Be ready that it might take some time to gather all this information and sometimes it might be annoying to google it. However, remember about your final aim - to choose the best college. Thus, you take responsibility for your future and create it.
2. Scholastic Assessment Tests
Every year a couple of different tests become the worst thing for all school graduators. They aim to check students’ knowledge level and define the final student graduation score before entering a college. Many schools have some preparation SATs courses. However, if you are not lucky just do not be a study shirker. Study regularly during at least your graduation year. Furthermore, define the core subjects, at which you are good, and pass your exams. Remember, that most failures happen because of the anxiety and doubts. Students feel a lot of pressure, and not everyone can cope with his\her fears. Be confident and do not allow your nerves to control you. Of course, these tests are a little bit complicated, but be confident and responsible for your results. Never give up and good luck!
3. Visit different colleges
We have mentioned that one of the ways to find out more about your college is to visit it. Many colleges lead special tours for high school students, in which they show the college and tell everything about college life. It means you have an excellent opportunity to explore the things you are interested in by yourself. Do not be shy: put questions, get acquainted with the current college students, and ask to tell more. Such tours will help you to define the college you are looking for and, as a result, be satisfied with your final decision. Therefore, do not ignore such open meetings. Remember that they aim to help you to clarify things you cannot find on the net.
We highly recommend you to get familiar with all the application forms, which you need to enter the college. Usually, you should have a personal essay, your SAT scores, and a recommendation letter.
The easiest thing is to get your SAT scores. As we have mentioned, every high school student should write it at the end of a year.
Be more attentive to your personal essay. Follow college updates on the common application requirements. Be sure you have enough time to write your personal statement and can answer all required questions. One more thing to remember is to ask your school about application waivers until you pay the fee. It may save you hundred dollars.
The last but not the least is your recommendation letter. You should have your recommendation letter in advance, at least a month before you will need it.
Apply to several colleges to be sure you will get a positive answer.
Keep in mind that this process sometimes may be painful, exhausting, and even stressful. However, go ahead!
5. College responses
Many students argue that waiting for college responses is the most terrible thing. They are not so nervous even when they pass their exams. What is the reason? We asked many students how to survive during this time. The most efficient answer was just to do something else. The worst thing you may do is to sit and wait for your results. Keep calm and remind yourself that you have done your best. Keep on doing what you like: have a walk with your friends, go to the cinema, and just be happy! According to the latest research, almost all high school students enter college successfully. Therefore, if you are a hard-working student, follow all the tips above, gather all the necessary documents and write your personal statement properly, you may be sure that your attempt will be successful. However, you should also be ready for different answers and be able to choose the best variant. Therefore, it is highly crucial to stay confident and calm, since you may need to make a proper decision any moment.
6. Making a decision
When you have received all college responses, it is high time to make your final decision. Of course, compare all offers and define the pros and cons, but sometimes it is not enough. Do not follow only your mind, but also follow your heart. Many times a lot of students accepted great college proposals. However, it did not make them happy because they were not ready to study far from home, etc. Also, do not choose the college only because it offers you a scholarship. Maybe it is worth to enter another one without a scholarship but which will make you a happy and successful person. As you see, it is not enough to compare all criteria and follow your mind. Making a decision is something more complicated; it is a point when you should listen to yourself to make a proper choice. Do not be afraid. Just spend a few thoughtful hours alone or with close people to decide what you want.
7. First college preparations
Congratulations! You are on board. You have made a right decision, and your college is waiting for you. First of all, confirm your desire to study at a particular college via email. You will also get the list of the first college requirements, for example, different types of fees. Also, do not forget to mention whether you need a dorm or you are going to rent a flat. Clarify transport fares, meal prices, etc. You should know how much money you will need to live there. Besides, you can find your future college mates via social networks, get acquainted with them, express your feelings, discuss some issues, etc. Moreover, some colleges have a tradition to discuss the favorite film, book, etc. on the first meeting to know you more. Be ready for this and try to be open-minded.
It may be necessary to get the immunization list and other official papers related to your health peculiarities. The best way to be sure you have all the needed documents and blanks is to make a to-do list. It will help you forget nothing. Never mind that it may be too long, it will be useful, just believe us!
Usually, students need to buy some new things before moving to college. Now, you can make a list of the things, which you need to purchase, and go shopping being proud of yourself because you did it!
8. It is over!
These few years will fly very fast. Of course, your final score does matter. However, ensure that you have enough time to enjoy your college student years because studying is not only about learning, but also about having fun. Many students argue that college time it is the first period in life when they feel like adults. They make life-long friends, fall in love, get married, give births, divorce, etc. These few years will be full of different events and new meetings. Remember that you will never have a chance to live these couple of years one more time. Therefore, try to make them memorable. At last, you are a graduator, and only you can decide what to do next!
Now, you know all the peculiarities and issues of the college entering process, which each of us may face. Today we go through these hard eight steps of applying to college together and examine the most efficient answers to the questions of how to cope with our nerves, emotions, different official papers, and tests, etc. Finally, we will be able to graduate from the college with strong hard and soft skills as well as with a lot of positive memories and experience.
Our experts wish you only the best! Be the best and believe in yourself! Dreams come true! Good luck!