From High School to College

There comes a point in every young adult’s life where we have to choose what we’re going to do with our lives. For many of us, the answer is simple, but if you’re anything like me, it’s one of the hardest decisions you will ever make.

I know what I want in the future; I think we all do. The problem is how we’re going to get there. One thing that I always tell freshmen is that it’s never too soon to begin looking. You really have to do some soul searching when planning out what you’re going to do for the next four years of your life (after high school of course). And, well, soul searching takes a lot of time. If you’re a freshman, you should have at least 15 potential schools on your list. As a sophmore, there should be 10. You should keep canceling out schools as the years go by, and trust me, they go by fast. As a senior, at the top of your list should be that one school that you’re just dying to get into. However, you should apply to at least six colleges.

According to an article from about.com, you should apply to 3 reach schools, 3 match schools, and 2 safety schools. Reach schools are schools that have highly selective admissions. Your grades will be slightly below the average for these schools. Match schools are schools where your grades are in line with the averages, and finally, safety schools. Safety schools are schools where your grades are above the average.

Why should you apply to so many schools? Well one reason is because for most people, rejection is inevitable. But that doesn’t mean that you should give up. Really research the schools that you are interested in and spend time learning about their preferences and the academic record of students. If you’re grades aren’t up to par, you have to really crack down on them to bring them up, because like I said before, the years go by fast. Even if you’re grades are good, then you should still work on bringing them up. There’s nothing better than getting that acceptance letter knowing that you worked hard for it! You will not only feel great about your grades, but you will feel great about yourself as well. Ah, the sweet smell of success and confidence!

Also, you should check out these junior and senior timelines from cappex.com. It’s a great way to make sure that you’re on track for college!

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About Sierra

I'm an accounting major at Texas State University with a passion for all things international. I'm going to learn Russian, Portuguese, Italian, and possibly German one day. I've been speaking Spanish for 8 years and my dream is to one day travel across Latin America. DREAM Act 2015!

Posted on January 22, 2012, in School/College and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. GREAT JOB! I USED THOSE TACTICS IN SCHOOL AS WELL..AND YOUR RIGHT IT DOES WORK!…WINK

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