Applying to college may seem completely petrifying. Relax! You’re going to be fine. Here are helpful tips on how to get through the college admissions process without breaking too much of a sweat.
Join extracurricular activities that you’re passionate about. Even better is if you take on a leadership role (founder, President, etc.) in a club or activity you’re really into.
Get involved in volunteer work. Admission officers prefer to see commitment over a long period of time rather than just one exotic service trip over spring break.
Figure out three teachers that you may want to ask for a recommendation by the middle of junior year. Engage with them outside of the classroom. Even after they’ve agreed, keep up the good behavior because teachers can always withdraw their recommendations sometime down the line.
Acing the Tests
Despite contrary rumors, you can study for a standardized test, you just can’t cram. Make sure you’re practicing over a long period of time.
If you don’t do well the first time around, have no fear. You can take the SATs or ACTs again and possibly improve.
Take some SAT II tests. Even if it’s not required by your dream college, it will show off your strong subjects.
Picking Your Dream School
Make a list with two columns - which things you must have in a college and which factors do not matter to you. Then, place these options in either college
size (both of the school and class size)
type of student body
facilities (awesome dorms, state of the art science labs)
It definitely helps to visit the campus and take a campus tour.
Compare the financial aid packages when you get accepted. The amount of debt you have when you graduate is definitely something to consider.