While it's been years since I graduated high school back in 2007, my first-hand experience with the college application process remains vivid in my mind. Between the AP courses/tests, taking the SAT/ACT and the pressures to maintain a competitive GPA, the life of an ambitious high schooler is no doubt, stressful. In the years since I was accepted into College, acceptance rates (on average) have continued to decline. In 2012, my alma mater had an admission rate of only 12.4%.
My name is Daniel Black and I graduated from Claremont McKenna College in May of 2011 as a dual-major in Economics and Government. I was fortunate enough to spend time working as a "Senior Interviewer" for the Admissions Office which provided me with the opportunity to interview a large number of prospective students. I know what colleges look for (and what turns them off), but more importantly, what steps you can take to distinguish yourself from the crowd.
When it comes to back to school shopping for freshman students there's no need to make a list with the obvious items like notebooks, pencils, erasers and pens. You probably have a whole drawer stuffed full of school supplies like those that you can re-use. Within this article we'll be mentioning 5 supplies every freshman student should buy and we want you to focus on items that might not have immediately come to mind. If you can't think of any off of the top of your head then all you have to do is read the rest of article to find out what they are!
Going to college can be expensive, especially after the four or five years it takes you to finish your undergraduate degree. The average American student graduates from college owing $20,000 in debt. However, there are ways to make your college experience less of a financial burden, and applying for scholarships is a fantastic way to do so. Not only will you receive financial rewards, but winning a scholarship can also help you gain stable employment after graduation or help you out if you're looking to apply for grad school.
As you're deciding which colleges to apply to and considering which college you want to be a student at, it is important to consider these three factors before making your decision. The social prestige of a college, the graduate school placement of a college and how employers view the college should all impact where you decide to study. With the economy the way it is now, it is imperative that you do your research in order to find out which college will present you with the best opportunities after graduation.
Applying for the college of your choice can be somewhat tricky. Each college has their own set of rules, regulations, and guidelines concerning the application process. It is vitally important to know what you're getting into before you begin applying. Submitting an application that is incomplete, or incorrect, is a waste of everyone's time. Colleges want to see that you can do the research and complete the task properly. In effect, they are testing you before you even get accepted.
If you are a senior in high school that is getting ready to graduate there are some things that you are going to need to keep in mind. It is really important that you put together a checklist of things that you need to do in order to make sure that you are taking care of everything that needs to be done. If you fail to put together a checklist there is a chance that you will miss a few things that are really important- the end result could be some pretty negative consequences. Avoid all of this by being mindful about the responsibilities that you have to take care of.
College is expensive these days- there is now two ways about that. In an era where the cost of everything is on the rise it is important to realize that you may be able to get a better deal on the price of schooling- you just have to know how to ask. Getting a lower price is always something that you should look into. While it is not possible at times, it is important if you want to make sure you are getting the most value for your money. The fact is that the college may not have made you the best offer- when you suspect this it is time for you to take a proactive approach.
When you are applying for college you need to keep in mind that you only have one chance to make a good first impression. That said, it is very important to make sure that the application you send in is adequately filled out and that it highlights all of your strong suits. In short, there is no reason to hold back on your college application. It is a place where you can brag about your past accomplishments. Think about it like this- other people are doing it and you do not want to get left behind.
The bottom line is that you cannot tell everything about a school just by looking at the college publication. In fact, you cannot tell near about a college just by reading this material. The best thing for you to do if you are interested in a college is to set the time aside and go take a visit. Now, I understand that this is usually easier said than done. What if I play a sport in high school and we are in season? What if the college I want to attend is 500-miles away? These are all things that come up- you cannot let them stop you from visiting.
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