It is the beginning of your senior year and the rest of your life is creeping up fast. While it may seem like you have all year, the deadlines are fast approaching. You may be focused on having fun and enjoying the last of you high school career, but there are decisions to be made and applications to be filled out. With all this in mind, here are some tips to getting this year off to a good start.
- Choosing the right college for you is very important, but is hard when there is very little you can truly learn from just websites. By the end of the first quarter you should have your list down to 5 colleges you will actually apply to. To come up with your list check out websites, talk to friends who are off at college, ask teachers and mentors about their alma maters, and ask the questions that are important to you.
- Ask about the programs you are interested in. Ask about the undergrad course you will have to take. Ask about professors and homework. Ask about student life, sports, and clubs. Ask about the area surrounding the school, restaurants, night life, movie theaters, and other forms of entertainment. These are all things that will matter to you in the long run.
- There will also be opportunities to tour college campuses with TSIC and other organizations. Even if you have gone before, go again. Things at colleges change constantly. New buildings, educational programs, and new students can make for an environment that you didn’t experience last time. Also take advantage of the college representatives that come speak at your school. Listen to watch they say and ask questions (Hey, even if you don’t end up liking the school you can get out of class for a bit).
- After you have made you list of 5 schools start looking into their admissions requirements. Make sure your GPA and SAT/ ACT scores are where they need to be, and if they aren’t figure out how to bring them up. Make sure your academic resume is diverse enough to grab the attention of the admissions board and if it is not figure out what needs to change.
- Your applications to the colleges or universities that you choose need to be filled out and turned in before the first semester of school is over. They will be accepted for a short time after Christmas break, but turning them in early gives you an entire semester to focus on getting extra scholarships. These will be important because TSIC will only cover your tuition. We do not cover books, materials, room and board, or transportation. These will all be costs that you will have at college.
Most importantly, I want you all to know that you will not be alone in this process. I will be there every step of the way, guiding you and keeping you on track. You will also have your parents, mentors, guidance counselors, and teachers to help anytime you need them. This is a big step and it can weigh heavily on you, but if you take it one step at a time and don’t put things off it will fly by and you will have plenty of time to enjoy your senior year.