Hey there Century Senior High School students! It is never too early to start getting ready for college. Graduating and taking the next step in your education is a huge deal, and you must prepare yourself for success. Be sure to check out these tricks and tips to make your transition from Century Senior High School to college a total breeze!
Everyone who is planning on going to college must apply. When you submit your application, the goal is to be accepted. But how can you ensure you will receive admittance to your dream school?
One way to accomplish this is to take challenging classes while you are a Century Senior High School student. Taking courses such as AP, Honors, and IB classes sets you apart from the regular track students. You show colleges that you could successfully take on a more challenging course load. This will definitely make you stand out from the rest of the applicants.
One of the aspects colleges consider when looking for students to accept is your GPA. Your GPA gives a good idea of what type of student you were when you attended Century Senior High School. Your GPA is not just one bad test or a difficult class; it shows how you can academically perform over all the years you were in high school.
Maintaining an above-average GPA indicates to colleges that you will be successful while enrolled in their programs, thus increasing your chances of being accepted.
Now that your academics are stellar, you will need to be well-rounded. Colleges like to accept students engaged in activities at Century Senior High School, as this shows that you will engage in more than just academics at college. Engaging in sports, arts, clubs, and student-run organizations will also set you apart from other applicants.
Say you and another student have the same GPA, and the college only has one spot left. They will choose the student who played softball and was active in student government over the student who was not involved in any activities. So do what you love, and choose something that you excel at. That way, you will be excited to be engaged and may continue that activity once you go to college.
In addition to an above-average GPA and taking challenging or advanced courses, the SAT and ACT are two tests that many colleges consider the score. As a Century Senior High School student, it is never too early to start taking the ACT or SAT exams.
You can get practice study books, go to tutoring sessions, and take practice exams to prepare you for the exam itself. You can retake the exam, so you do not have to worry about only having one chance, but make sure you start early to have the score you want before you start applying for colleges.
Many colleges require an application; part of this application can be an admissions essay. If you are applying to many colleges, it is important not to wait until the last minute to write these essays because colleges want to know what is special about you and what makes you an ideal candidate.
You can also have your essays reviewed by current teachers so that you can get valuable feedback before applying to your desired colleges.
Visiting colleges is key to narrowing your search for your perfect college. You can set up appointments in advance to take a tour with a college expert or a current student who attends the college. You can get the feel of the college atmosphere to see if it genuinely meets your needs.
It is a fun way to get your friends and family involved so everyone can be a part of supporting you in your continuing education journey.
College is a plan for many, but financials are one of the most significant barriers. Affording college can be very difficult and discouraging if you do not know where to start. Applying for scholarships is a great way to support you when attending college.
While you are still a Century Senior High School student, you can search online or ask your admissions counselor about the different scholarships available. You can find some unique to you with fewer applicants and a greater chance for you to be chosen to receive aid. You can apply for scholarships early and continue to apply and look for scholarships throughout your academic career.
With so much going on, you want to ensure you stay organized. Make a folder for every college you wish to apply to with a checklist, and start early. Get the big stuff out of the way, then focus on each application from start to finish.
Have the due date of the application deadline written on the front of the folder and prioritize what to complete first so you won’t miss any opportunities. Remember, once all this hard work is done and you get accepted to the college you want, it is time to have fun!
Whew! You did it! That was a lot, but if you take one step at a time, you will be more than prepared to leave Century Senior High School and begin your journey at your college or school of choice. Be sure to plan ahead, take this list one step at a time, and most importantly, have fun!
Now that your applications are all ready, it’s time for the fun part, Senior Photos! I love helping high school seniors and their families capture this incredible moment in time. So check out more helpful high school senior tips and work from my portfolio in the blog links below! But before you go, let’s chat about your dream photo session!