Every student’s journey is different, but there are some guidelines that can help every student prepare for taking the college leap. First of all, it is never too early to start preparing. As long as a student has the desire to go to college, they can start looking into the different colleges to choose from. There are over 5,000 colleges nationwide and tens of thousands of colleges worldwide. Sorting through all of those will take a ton of time, so why not start early? Some of that can be narrowed down right away by location preferences, but that will still leave plenty of college choices to sift through. Once students narrow down their choices, they will need to research their top picks more in depth.
Students also might like to tour their top picks. Setting up tours can take a while; students have to make sure they have free time, coordinate with the schools, and then spend a day exploring the campus. Yes, you should spend a whole day, or as much of the day that you can, exploring the campus. Bring someone with you and walk around, get a feel for the energy of the students, and even enjoy a lunchbreak on the campus. Most campuses are large enough to have classroom buildings and student service buildings, like the cafeteria. On top of that, many of the larger ones also have dorm rooms and even mini cities on the campus where students can get some minor shopping done. More importantly, spending a day wandering a campus will give students the feeling of what it would actually be like to be a student on that campus. For the coveted schools like the UC’s, there are endless things to explore and you might even feel the need to comeback on another day to get done everything that you want.
No matter what interests you about certain campuses, it is going to take a lot of patience and time to sort through that haystack looking for the college that is perfect for you. For those of you looking for an answer as to which college you should go to, there isn’t a right or wrong campus to pick. Every student will pave their own path depending on what their interests are and will hopefully find the campus that fits them and their situation the best. The qualities that interest one student aren’t necessarily the same qualities that the next student is looking for. Some students may want to stay close to home while others may want to travel and study abroad. Students aiming to be lawyers aren’t going to aspire to go to the same colleges as students of the arts. It is up to the student to know themselves well enough to know where they will fit in and which opportunities will help them grow into the best me’s they can be.
After touring your favorite campuses, you’ll need to set up appointments to meet with counselors or student advisors at your potential colleges. Speaking with someone directly who represents the school will give you a better idea of what is expected from you as a student as well as ease any uncertainty you have by answering all of your remaining questions about the school. More than likely, you’ll want to visit a couple of the campuses more than once as they are final prospects you’re considering.
Finally, select your top picks. Make a list of ALL of the schools that you are willing to apply to – keeping your favorites at the top of the list and schools that you will “settle for” at the bottom. Then, when it’s time, apply to ALL of these colleges. Just because you are accepted to a school does not mean you have to go there. Wouldn’t it be ideal to have MULTIPLE acceptance letters rather than only one or even none? By applying to all the schools you WOULD consider, you are opening doors to many possibilities. You can always hold out until you hear back from your number one pick to decide which offer you want to take, but wouldn’t you rather have other schools to fall back on if your number one falls through?
At the very least, students will need a couple of months to get all of their college planning done, but why put yourself through that stress? As a freshman, sophomore, or even younger, start researching colleges and get an idea of all of the types of higher education there are to choose from. Then, over the years, you’ll gain a real sense of what colleges offer. By the time you are ready to start filling in applications, you will be well-prepared with a clear sense of direction rather than panic and chaos. You can’t be too prepared, but you can be unprepared. Which would you rather be?
Punctually practicing tangling tongue twisters can help develop superior speech habits. Rapid, repeated pronunciation is proven to strengthen and develop distinguished skills in presentation, which may help you get through a sticky speech or an intellectual interview when your tongue gets tied up on its own. Have fun with this week’s featured tongue twister!
I had a steel slinky that would sit on a sticky sill, but the stinky slinky would get too sticky to slink even though it was made of steel.