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Stop the Stress of the College Admissions Countdown
January 29, 2013Irvington High School
By Anne Tsoedi
Searching and choosing the best college can be a bit difficult for high school students and their families. It involves knowing when to apply, deciding whether to apply early, essays and interviews with admission counselors.
Your high school guidance counselor should become your best friend. Make regular appointments with your counselor, and keep him/her updated on how you’re plans for college are going.
The challenge of the college application process can take many forms. First and foremost, there is your academic performance, but that’s not the only thing the colleges are looking for. A college application is more than strong grades or high test scores.
In general, you should submit your application sooner than later. Students interested in particular schools should think about early action or even early decision.
Financially, one of the most important things to get right is the FAFSA; make sure your parents have completed their income tax forms and get this form in as quickly as possible.
A big part of a college education is developing critical thinking and problem solving skills.
The college interview is a great place to make a positive impression on the administrators and demonstrate some of the skills you have acquired. The interview allows you to show off your character and show your positive attributes.
During your college interview, you might be given the chance to explain a bad grade or weak semester. They can question you on anything, for instance "Does your high school record accurately reflect your effort and ability?"
After applying to the colleges of your choice (don’t forget the “reach” schools and “safety” schools as well as the “target” schools) do not forget to take some time and concentrate on your studies. Colleges get copies of your grades so do not give them a reason to second guess your academic status. Keep in mind that it’s never too late to apply for scholarships or go on college tours.
Most importantly, Keep Calm! Do not stress yourself too much during this hectic time in your life. If you planned well and worked hard, you well end up in the school that is right for you.
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