EDITION OF ASK A GRADUATE: PREPARING FOR COLLEGE Welcome to my new Ask a Graduate series!
I’m responding to several inquiries I received regarding getting ready for college in this post. This subject is so crucial!
because getting ready for college is not simple. In fact, some students devote their entire high school career to preparing for college, including choosing the best institution, selecting the appropriate courses, obtaining scholarships, and much more.
You can find my responses to three reader questions below.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO GET READY FOR COLLEGE WHILE STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL? This is a really good query! It’s never too early to start getting ready for college, in my opinion. I believe there is one area where I could have performed significantly better in high school. For instance, I probably would have enrolled in more AP classes or any other courses that would have granted me college credit. My senior year, I only managed to earn eight credits, but I feel that getting 15 would have been great (thats about a semesters worth of courses).
I also would have set myself up with a better study schedule. In high school, I didn’t have to do much studying, but once I entered college, things suddenly changed. A totally different universe existed there! Even if it was for subjects I already felt like I understood quite well, I would have spent more time studying if I had known then what I know now.
Other non-academic ways to get ready for college in high school include touring different campuses, submitting applications early, conducting extensive research on the characteristics of your ideal school (such as location, enrollment, majors offered, etc.), submitting scholarship applications, and learning about your financial aid options. At some point, you’ll also want to write a strong college application essay.
WHAT CAN I DO TO FINALLY MAKE A DECISION ABOUT MY COLLEGE COURSE? This is a question that I believe many students ask themselves. It is a truth that many college students eventually switch their majors because they discover new interests or come to the conclusion that their original choice wasn’t the best one for them.
I believe that taking a range of classes during your freshman year can really help you identify what interests you and help you become more open to different options. Additionally, joining a couple of groups (no more than three; you don’t want to overdo it) and taking on a part-time job or volunteer position in the neighborhood can be beneficial. You’ll start to discover the kind of employment you prefer and dislike as a result. I advise making notes of your favorite and least favorite experiences as time goes on. You can definitely use this to find your path through life and education!
Keep in mind that you won’t have all the answers straight soon. Heck, once you graduate, you’ll probably end up changing your mind a few times as well. That’s okay. Consider everything as a lesson to be learned!
WHICH DAY SHOULD I BEGIN MY COLLEGE CAMPUSE VISITS? Sincerely, I don’t think it’s ever too early to start exploring colleges. Before your final year of high school begins, you should ideally tour every campus. Why? because September and October are when many college application deadlines fall. You should give yourself enough time to assess the advantages and disadvantages of each school you’ve visited.
WANT ANSWERS? Your inquiries on getting ready for college are welcome. Please feel free to leave them in the section below.