Entering college is an exciting yet sometimes scary experience for students. This will be the basis of what your future career is going to be like. The school that you choose and the education you will have can make or break you. You talk excitedly with your friends and wish you can be accepted in the same place. Your parents are proud of what you have accomplished and simply awaiting your next move towards your dreams. You need to start early in finding a college application that would make this all come true.
On average, a college receives 100-1,000 applications. You need to consider a few things before sending in those applications.
- First, think about your career choice. What interests you? Remember that what you choose now will be the basis of what you will be doing for the rest of your adult life. Speak to a career or guidance counselor in your current school. Choose colleges that offer the particular course you are interested in. Can you relocate to the area? Are you willing to leave your family and friends to study at the school you like? Is this a popular college? Students' applications overflow at the best and popular colleges that you have to be realistic in the fact that you may not get accepted. Positive thinking is good but you need to protect yourself from extreme disappointment and save yourself from going into a state of depression. You need to apply to several schools otherwise you might be too late when you find out you unfortunately did not make it to the college that you have chosen.
- Think about the cost. Can you get a student loan? You must either have enough money or be set on working hard to finance your way through school. Scholarships can be an option. Some states offer a tuition application program where you can get a tuition waiver if you are a child of a police officer or firefighter killed doing their jobs for the government.
- When all of these are taken into consideration you can concentrate on writing your college application essay and getting application forms. You can check out College Board for information and even sample letters. You can ask a friend who got into her preferred college on how to phrase your essay. Be honest in your application. Some schools, even for graduate application, require an interview. You do not want to be caught lying through your teeth. Be prepared to be asked about your High School achievements and grades. Ready letters of recommendations from dignified people who have known you and can give a splendid impression of how you are as a person and as a student.
- Try the Common Application. You can check out Cappex. You just need to put in one application and it will be sent to numerous colleges and universities making your application easier. Colleges may contact you directly once they see your potential. Another useful site is Merit Aid where you can find out about merit scholarships available across the country.
College applications should be organized and well thought out. Prepare and submit as early as possible to get to the college that is truly meant for you.