High School - College Action Plan
By Carly D'Angelo
Applying to college can be an intimidating process. Luckily, with the help of this timeline, you can feel confident once application deadlines draw near. If you follow this schedule, you’ll be more than ready when the time to apply rolls around!
Involve yourself with extracurriculars in and out of school. There are so many options. Whether it’s finding a part-time job, joining a sports team, or trying out for the school’s musical, there is always something for everyone. Colleges are interested in students who are well rounded and committed to their school. Being able to commit to activities in high school shows that you will most likely commit to activities in college as well.
During your sophomore year, you should begin to research schools that may interest you. Talk to your guidance counselor because they have a lot of free resources for you to use. When choosing a college, always consider location, price, and available majors. Look at the requirements for each school and see where you line up.
Begin preparing for standardized tests such as the SATs and ACTs. These tests compare your level of preparation with that of students from all over the country. You can usually send one or both of your SAT and ACT scores to prospective colleges. Most students decide to take these tests more than once, which will always improve your scores.
Pay close attention to your spelling and grammar when filling out the required materials of the application. Applying early is your best bet. A huge weight will be lifted off your shoulders once you turn everything in early. The hardest part is being patient when you’re waiting to hear the decisions from each school!
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