College Prep 101

For those of you who don’t know, I am getting ready to start college at the University of Central Florida. I will be majoring in journalism. Makes sense, right? With this in mind, I have just gone through the experience of college preparation. This post is definitely catered towards upperclassmen high schoolers. If you are a parent of a high schooler in either 11th or going to 12th grade feel free to continue reading. Great now that we’ve got our demographic set up, let’s get to the real tea. The college application and preparation process can be quite overwhelming. I hope that you will learn and gain something from my experience to help you with that process.

  1. Start Early. I cannot stress this enough. Procrastination is the devil. For example, I had a friend that was rejected from a university because they applied after the registration deadline. For all the colleges that you will be applying to make sure you know the deadline. Besides the actual college process, start early on scholarship applications. Scholarships can be allocated to individuals as early as sophomore year of high school. It is important to do your thorough search and research on what scholarships you are eligible for. The more you apply to the more likely you will be awarded them. Continuing on with this “no procrastination” streak, I’d like to say that you should start studying for the SAT as soon as possible. It will save you a lot less strife and stress knowing that you have had a long time to prepare for that crucial exam.
  2. Don’t Be Discouraged. As I mentioned above, your likelihood of receiving scholarships is higher when you start early. However, you may even start the scholarship application early and still not receive any scholarships. I know how frustrating it is. College is expensive. Nonetheless, stay encouraged. If you have to retake the SAT to qualify for state-based academic scholarships such as Bright Futures, then take the darn test. Or in  the scenarios where you are not getting into your dream school don’t lose faith and hope. You will most likely get into SOME school. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. If you didn’t get into one school, that’s because God and fate didn’t want you there. Also, if worse comes to worse, you can always spend two years at a community college then transfer to a major university.
  3. Perfect Your Essay. A lot of college applications require an essay. A lot of times the question/prompt is asking you to describe certain aspects of yourself. In order to get inspiration, I recommend going on different websites and reading over sample essays. Additionally, use your resources. Ask teachers or tutors to look at and help you revise your paper. It’s better to have a skilled professional help you in this process.
  4. Get involved. Colleges do not want to see you only excel in your academics. Yes it’s great to maintain a high G.P.A.. However, G.P.A. alone just won’t cut it. Colleges want a well-rounded individual. They want someone that is involved in extraccuriculars and leadership positions. Therefore, it is imperative of you to join clubs and organizations if you are not in anything right now. Sports also help too.
  5. Maintain your grades. Senior year can get hectic. There will be times when you just want to skip school. That’s not ok. Yes, many people do it. Nonetheless, even when you get into your college, make sure that you stay on top of your grades. There is definitely a possibility of getting a rejection from the college you were excepted in if you fail a class. I know personally some one who this has happened to. You don’t want it to happen to you.

Well, that’s all I have for today. If you have any questions, feel free to comment. Also please share this with others. I love hearing back from you.

Stay Focused,