Attending college is like a transition from teens to adulthood. This is where we decide who we are going to be in life. Although we change throughout our lives and events may change our perspective on many things, college is a place for preparation and exploration. A big part of this is choosing what college to apply for and getting into your dream school. Some of us might have decided what college we wanted to go to when we were ten years old. Others might be trying to follow in our parents footsteps, and some may be keen to make their own way in the world. But whatever path you take, first you need to get through the door.
What does that involve?
Getting The Grades
All colleges have cut off grades that you need to achieve to be even considered. For this reason, it is important that you don't slack off in your final years of school. They say school is the best years of your life and maybe that's true. But, it's also the time when you have to work your hardest to get the life you want. You should try to slip into a constant routine of studying. The average school student preparing for college should be completing around ninety hours of studying per week. Some schools even make teens sign a contract to say they are going to complete this level of study. But remember, when you are studying you need to take a twenty-minute break every hour. Otherwise, you are going to get too stressed.
Writing The Letter
When you write to the colleges you want to attend or in some cases, send a video, it's about selling yourself. You must not sell yourself short. Think of the traits in your personality and the skills that you have that make you unique. Then hone in on them and market yourself based on what makes you different. Colleges are not looking for students that fit in. They are looking for the ones who were born to stand out, to make an impression and become the next big thing. It's all about showing who you are and why you would be a good addition to their student body. These are just a couple of tricks for college admissions.
Look The Part
Eventually, you will be asking to attend a meeting or an open day. You might meet the head of the college or an entire board. You may even be introduced to some of the lecturers that will be teaching you in the years to come. When you meet them, you must dress to impress. Individuality is great on paper but in person, you have to make a good first impression, and that's all about looking professional.
You also need to show that you have confidence so be sure to shake their hands with a medium grip and make eye contact. Body language says a great deal about you so don't slouch. You need to trick them into thinking that you are no longer a teenager. You are an adult, ready to enter the world of professionals...