Anonymous Advocate: College is Calling
Q: What tips do you have on preparing for college?
- Make sure to plan ahead of time, like middle school ahead of time.
Trust me, it’s not as bad as it sounds. Planning ahead will help you sort your life out, so that you can decide which colleges that you might be interested in going to, instead of wasting time later.
Failed step one. Focus on trying to get the best grades through ALL FOUR years of high school.
Most people seem to think that they only need to get good grades in the last year of high school, but the longer you wait to clean your act up, the harder it’s going to be to find a college that’s going to want to accept you. On top of that, high school is supposed to prepare you for college, so don’t slack off.
- Take AP courses. Even if you don’t get an A, it still shows that you’re capable enough to handle the work.
Yeah sure, they’re hard, but trust me they’re worth it. They look great on your college application and they show that you tried. And once again, they’re preparing you for all those tough classes that you’re about to take in college.
- Teachers are your friends.
From what I’ve come to understand, they want to be there about as much as you want to be. So put their time to good use and ask them questions. Don’t think that you’ll just wing it, that won’t help you at all. There’s no winging it in college. Ask.
- Practice ahead of time for both SAT and ACT.
And by practice, I mean practice. Take courses, study study study
study. And try to get the best scores as possible, it’ll pay off in the long run when you’re applying. The higher the score the better the impression.
- Spend sufficient time on your college essays.
You have all this time, don’t do it last minute. You’re writing about yourself, so be as narcissistic as possible, within reason of course. Write, rewrite, have your teachers or parents review it for you. Basically, make it worth their time and your money.
- Extracurricular activities are your friends.
Whoever said that sports and other after school activities weren’t important was lying. They show that you can work with other people and your ability to do other things other than schoolwork. Plus scholarships too!
- Get organized.
It takes 21 days to either make or break a habit, so fix your disorganized and messy lifestyle early on. Getting organized can alleviate the stress that comes with preparing for college. Not only organize your stuff, but organize your life so that there’s less improvising and more success.
- College fairs
- Apply early.
Don’t wait till the last minute to apply for college. Most people start applying December of their senior year, and rush to finish. Don’t be those people. If you already have a clear decision, consider applying for early decision, the deadline is usually in November, so start now.
- Make sure to pack accordingly.
You’re no longer going to be at home. Learn how to do your laundry, learn how to cook, pick up your dirty socks, nobody likes a dirty roommate, and nobody likes someone whose always asking for things. Bring what you know you’ll need (hair products, bed sets, snacks, clothes, etc.) there’s tons of websites with ideas on what you should bring with you, go check them out. Make a list, check it twice, then after you check it twice check it six more times, just to make sure.
This is literally your last chance. You’re leaving your friends, your family your life, behind, and there’s no crying in college (
jk there’s a lot of crying). So cry while you can but put on a brave face when you get to your final destination, remember confidence is key.