College resembles a full-time job, based on the time and effort you need to complete all the necessary steps before heading out to the campus. It begins by making yourself an attractive, signing up for and preparing for the requisite standardized tests, saving money for tuition and miscellaneous costs, and narrowing your list of college options. When the application process begins, momentum will pick up. Fortunately, while you are on the campus, the college prep and organization skills you honed so well in high school will simplify your next round of decisions, like choosing a major and classes, and deciding the college life that appeals to you most.
Start Planning Early
We cannot stress enough the importance of seeking scholarships and grants to help fund your higher education ambitions. Much of funding is already distributed by the end of your senior year, and college-based awards are often given on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply for early admission if possible, so you can compare awards. We do not want you to suddenly find out that you cannot attend your dream school because you missed the financial deadline.
Depending on your priorities, you may already be set on your intended major, or may pursue a new avenue in a high-need field. If you have made that decision already, your course loads will correlate substantially to the requirements for your major. If you have the time, consider classes outside your major that might add to your skill-set. Though the economy may stabilize by the time you’re ready to graduate, it is appealing to have a plethora of experience and studies outside of your field. You’ll look versatile and savvy, especially if you decide to switch careers late on- you’ll already have a good idea of other optional fields based on your past curriculum.
Last Edited: July 2015
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