Heading off to college is one of the biggest events in a person’s life. It signifies the beginning of a new phase in life; one in which independence reigns, and responsibility is key.
But getting to that point is going to take more than just a dream of what could happen — if you want to get into the school of your choice, you have a lot of legwork to do.
From the college admissions essay, to the SAT’s, to the application, there is enough to do to keep you busy for several months. Here are few other things to add to your college admission checklist.
- Visiting College Campuses. No matter how many brochures or pamphlets you look through, or the number of virtual tours you view on a website, nothing will tell you more than visiting a college yourself. You will want to make sure that you make a list of several colleges that you and your parents make a trip to. Once you have stepped on the campus, you will be able to feel the atmosphere, see the dorms, visit the classrooms, and decide if it would be the right fit.
- College Counselors. Picking the right college is a major decision, and you will want to talk to the college counselor at your high school about what you are looking for in a school. The counselor will be able to help you narrow down your choices, and tease out what kinds of programs you want to pursue. Then, depending on the institution that has what you want, you can make a more informed decision.
- Overnight Stay. Many colleges offer programs where they welcome potential students on campus for an overnight stay. These visitors are placed with existing students in a dorm, and they are given the chance to shadow a student for the entire day. By doing this at a few of your favorite colleges, you will be able to see which one appeals to you most.
So, by adding plenty of college visiting, some research, and a little conversation to your college admission checklist, you will be a few steps closer to freedom, and one of the most exciting times in your life. Read this for more.