Everyone knows that a college application process is stressful. You have to write motivation letters, do the most exciting extracurriculars, and fight for the best grades. There’s this enormous pressure to get into a perfect school, but very few people actually understand what “perfect” means in this context.
After you’ve sent out the applications, all that is left is to wait. It is a period in which you can either be beside yourself with worry, or try to develop an action plan that would incorporate things you need and want and will lead you to success.
You must understand that some schools will reject you, but it doesn’t mean that you have to sink to the depths of despair. You just need to think more on the subject of your insurance schools. Here are 9 steps that will help you get into a college best suited for you!
STEP 1: FIND YOURSELF
You can’t make a decision without knowing what your criteria are. Are you going for the whole 4 years? Does co-ed education appeal to you? Would you prefer a religious school? How about living arrangements? And how far from home would you like to travel? Answer honestly to narrow down your choices.
STEP 2: FINANCES
Determine what your budget is. If your parents don’t have a no expense spared college trust set up for you, then you’ll have to look into college aid, scholarships, and grants. Avoid college loans if possible. Those things can affect your life long after you graduate.
STEP 3: THINK ABOUT YOUR MAJOR
It’s no big deal if you’re not sure about what major to choose yet. Almost no one is at first. However, you should be aware that a school you’ve chosen might not offer a major that you want. Research a department that matches your general interests to see if you’d fit.
STEP 4: APPLY EVERYWHERE
You can’t get accepted if you don’t apply. I understand that rejection is painful, but it’s a part of life, and more applications raise your chances of acceptance.
STEP 5: VISIT CAMPUSES PERSONALLY
No brochure can provide you with the same level of authenticity as an actual visit. Imagine yourself walking these halls and alleys, studying in the libraries, fooling around in the dorms. Additionally, think whether the climate and surrounding area will be comfortable for you.
STEP 6: ACTIVITIES
Whatever you’re interested in now, you’ll probably continue to be in the future. If you play sports, find out whether a preferable college has a team. If you’re into a theater, see whether the school’s drama club is any good.
STEP 7: TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS
Sometimes all it comes down to is your gut. If you honestly believe you’ll do good in this school and feel comfortable, then go ahead. And remember that whatever decision you make, it will not make you happy unless you work on it!
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