College Tips for a Stressful Year

As you enter your junior year of high school, questions about college will start pouring in. Trying to balance college applications, school work, extracurriculars, and so much more can be extremely difficult. That’s why these tips are very helpful in order to lead you towards a successful path to your college dreams.

The first part of your college application process that is most necessary is your SAT/ACT score. Getting a head start with these tests will benefit you more than you think for your senior year. Between December to January of your junior year is a good time to begin. Most schools require this test but there are some that don’t so keep a look out for those very beautiful test-optional schools. Since these tests are very different, you need to make a decision on which one you will be taking. In order to find this answer, most students take both practice tests and see which one they would do better on. Once you have picked which test you will be studying for, it is important to choose a method of studying for it. There are many different routes to be taken like tutoring, classes, workshops, or just out of the workbook. It just all depends on how you study best.

The summer going into your senior year, is when you will begin to look into colleges. Although it can seem terrifying, it’s the start of a whole new chapter into your life so get excited! Before you start applying, you should decide what kind of school you are looking for. Do you want a big or small school? Location; how far away do you want to be? What kind of weather are you looking for? Do you want a sports team? This list could go on forever, but it’s important to have an idea of what you want, so you know what to look for. Another factor is any programs for your major or other things that interest you. This can be a deciding factor for some students, so make sure the school you are applying to has what you want. If it’s possible, it’s an amazing experience to visit the schools, but it can get very expensive. Most of the school’s website offers virtual tours which are extremely helpful.

When it comes to applying don’t waste your time applying to a countless amount of schools that you know you have a less chance of getting into. It takes up a lot of time and it can get expensive. Once you know where you are applying to find out all of the school’s deadlines and make a schedule for yourself so you don’t miss anything and you are able to keep on track. Focus on the schools that speak to you, and have everything you are looking for. All in all, this process is very overwhelming at first but in the end, all the stress is worth it.

Written By: Amanda Lewitt ’18

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