It will soon be time to ask your teachers and your counselor for letters of recommendations. But before doing that it helps to have done some self-reflection. Think about your three favorite classes on campus. Answer the following questions about yourself and how you have performed in each class.
What have you demonstrated in class that this teacher could praise?
Describe ways you have made learning in class better. Focus on specific contributions, including:
What positive character traits have you displayed in this teacher’s class?
Which of the following character traits have you demonstrated in class?
Describe ways you have demonstrated your love of learning in this class. Can you describe how you have demonstrated each of these...
How do you get to know your teachers or counselor better? Here are 3 tips to building relationships with your teachers and counselors.
Speak up! Make your voice heard by asking questions in class. Share thoughts and ideas. Be an active participant in class or on campus. Don’t be afraid to voice your thoughts or opinions.
Stand out! Make yourself known. Be involved in a club or student body activity. Each activity has a faculty advisor. Get to know that faculty advisor. It is not recommended you do everything. Pick 1-3 things you are really interested in or passionate about and commit your time and energy to those...
Do you have what it takes to play sports in college? Many students do - either at the varsity level or in clubs and intramurals. Each athletic division has their own athletic and academic eligibility requirements. More competitive divisions may want to see videos of your events. It’s a good idea to keep a record of all your stats, awards and accomplishments. Fill out the athletic questionnaire on each college website & call or email the athletic director/coach. Game on!
Have you considered studying abroad? What if you could study abroad for your entire college experience rather than just one semester?
There are several advantages to studying in the United Kingdom:
As you explore which colleges are the right match for you, consider the size of the student body. How many undergraduates attend the college? This can make a big difference in your experience on a college campus. Think of college sizes in these four categories (based on undergraduate student attendance only).
Boutique Size (<2000)
Over 500 colleges in the U.S. enroll fewer than 2000 students. These schools are ideal for students with a strong participant learner approach to college. You get to know your teachers and fellow students very well. This provides opportunities to maximize your involvement in activities and construct your own learning experience. Most boutique size schools are private, examples include Julliard, Amherst, Pomona, California Institute of Technology, Davidson, and Haverford.
Liberal Arts Size (2000-5000)
Over 300 colleges in the US fall in the Liberal Arts size category. Some of the...
You got into the top three schools on your list. Each has sent you a financial aid award. One offer looks better than the other two, but is it really? It’s important to compare financial aid offers. Here are 6 questions to ask:
Use your spring break to visit colleges but be aware of spring break schedules for the colleges you wish to visit. It's best to see a college when students are on campus. Here are a few tips to prepare for your spring college visits.
How can you ace the SAT? Here are 7 tips for you:
Don’t fall victim to these myths!
1 My family makes too much money to qualify for financial aid.
This is one of the biggest myths out there. You may not qualify for aid at one school, and qualify for lots of money at another school (see blog - How Do You Get Money for College?).
2. It costs more to go out-of-state than to stay in-state.
Not so. With increased tuition rates in many states, it is not always cheaper to stay in-state. There are out of state tuition waivers available for many students. Also, colleges offer scholarships to students for athletes, scholars, certain majors, leadership, and other categories. Don't narrow your list of colleges to just in-state schools.
3. It cost more to go to a private school than a public school.
Not necessarily. Each family situation is unique and you may find it will...
Did you get started late on applying to colleges? Got your December test scores back and you're reconsidering what colleges you are applying to?
Don’t worry! There are many colleges that you can apply to in January and after (even some through August). Here are a few tips for finding colleges/universities with open applications:
Learn the secrets on how to attract colleges that will offer scholarships and compete for your student.
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