Your life as a high school student has come to an end, but now you can begin your next adventure in college. Starting a new life chapter is always a bit overwhelming but we’re here to help. By following this 13 part ‘Road to College’ series, we hope to take some of the stress off your shoulders. Happy reading!
As you enter your senior year of High School, you’ll get closer and closer to choosing a college. It can be overwhelming to think about all of the effects of your choice on you, your family and your friends. Which is why we hope that this series provides a guide for you to follow as you apply and head off to college.
If you’re highly competitive, find out your class rank. As you apply to college, admissions officers will look for your degree of success in high school. This is usually measured by your grades and your standardized test scores.
While it’s possible to achieve success with poor SAT scores, remember not to take this step too lightly. Standardized tests are used to predict your “learned intelligence,”. This includes your grades, ability to learn, and willingness to work hard. These tests are also used as a predictor of your perseverance and grit.
In addition to grades, colleges also look at which and how many extracurricular activities students get involved in. Colleges favor students who get involved during High School because it suggests engagement and achievement.
Participation in clubs and sports is also a huge advantage on your college application. If you were a varsity starter on a state championship football or soccer team, be sure to include that on your resume. Likewise, if you were first chair in the orchestra, that’s also prime application material.
It’s important to think about how you appear as a college applicant. Colleges are looking for well-rounded students who did well academically while also contributing to school life. By joining sports teams and clubs you’re well on your way to finding your talents and passions. By getting to know what you’re good at, you’ll find it easier to articulate what you can contribute to colleges.
As you’ve read thus far, the best methods of achieving success after high school is to maintain a decent GPA and be involved in activities at school. Often what helps students determine their future path is extracurricular activities.
Extracurricular activities often encourage you to be active in your class and can act as a microcosm of real life. The more you stand out in one or more activities, the more a selective college will want to include you in their next class of students.