If you are thinking about applying at a college, you need to prepare yourself for the application process.
The college application process can be overwhelming, tiring and stressful. There are a lot of documents and paperwork to collect and work through. How you present your documents and forms also plays a big part in whether you will get accepted or not.
Here are a few tips to get you through the college application process:
Start early – Don’t wait until the last days of school to begin preparing your college applications. Remember that your school reports will be the primary feature of your application, along with recommendations from your teachers. You should therefore start thinking about your college career long before you finish high school.
Ensure that you choose subjects that will give you the best possible chances of getting accepted into your programme of choice. Ask the most influential teachers for their support and guidance when it is time to apply at a college.
Do research – There are so many colleges to choose from, and each and every one of them has their own application process to follow. You can’t approach the college application process with a “one size fits all” mindset.
Do a bit of research on colleges and the courses that they offer, and research the specific course that you would like to study. This will help you to decide on a college. You will then also be able to start compiling the necessary documents and preparing the necessary forms and essays for your application.
Ask for help – If you’re not sure which college to choose or which course you would like to sign up for, schedule an appointment with a guidance counsellor. A guidance counsellor can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, and offer advice regarding college applications.
Write it down – Once you have decided on a college, create a detailed list with all of the application due dates, as well as everything that you are required to submit for each application. Keep this list in plain sight so that you can stay on task on a day-to-day basis, and know exactly what your next step should be.