When I was a kid, my parents’ attitude toward college degrees was, Jjust get one…any one.” In their youth, the simple act of completing college was a stand-alone achievement capable of propelling you into professional success. Vacillating between a handful of undeveloped ideas and lacking the fortitude to commit to a strenuous study plan, I picked one. It was the wrong one. The rewards of taking outdated advice and pursuing a (really neat) degree without a long term job plan have been slim. The reality of modern education has been a big departure from previous expectations. College today is more costly but has also become a standard prerequisite to almost any successful career. If you are thinking of attending or returning to college, here are five tips (learned the hard way) for choosing a profession that can pay back your efforts.
August 1st isn’t just the beginning of a month; it’s also the launch date of the Common Application. Last year, over 940 million college-bound students used the Common App to submit over four million applications. On its landing page, the Common Application organization states, “More than 700 colleges. Only one application.” But don’t think that you can fill out the Common App, upload your personal essay, and hit a button to apply to every college. When you add to “My Colleges,” look carefully. In numerous cases, there are additional essay questions.
It’s time to start your college search! But with the thousands of options out there, how are you supposed to come up with such a small list? It’s definitely tricky to do, but coming up with the perfect college list for you will make your college application and decision process go much more smoothly. Here are some tips to help you get started!
Doing a capstone paper is a very important part of your studies and it will determine how you finish your high school journey. There are many rules and requirements that need to be followed when writing this paper, and you should pay careful attention to these if you want to avoid mistakes. Your grade for this paper is vital and it is best to plan and prepare before you jump into it. Through the years, we have seen the same mistakes being repeated by students, and it is easily avoidable if you know what to look out for. Here are some of those mistakes that seem to always pop up.
A college essay, also known as a personal statement, is one of the most intimidating elements of the college application process, because for many students it is very hard to start. There are many things a student must take into consideration when writing their essay, from topic to structure, to word count and grammar. If done well, an essay can be the deciding factor between two applicants, and if done poorly, it can ruin a student’s application.
It’s almost time say goodbye to summer and kick off another school year. And while you may not be applying to colleges this year, there are many elements of the college process that you should be aware of, and should even start doing. Here are a few basic things to think about as you refresh your mind this fall.
You hear it over and over again from parents, teachers, and other adults, that your social media channels can determine whether or not you get into a college. But, is that really true? The answer is absolutely. Just a few months ago, Harvard University rescinded 10 students’ applications because they were found responsible for participating in an inappropriate conversation on Facebook. While not necessarily this drastic, there are many similar incidents that happen at colleges and universities across the US during admissions season.
Are you planning on taking the September ACT? Don’t forget to register today if you haven’t already!
Once you register, it’s all about preparing! The ACT exam may seem intimidating, especially if you’re new to the test. However, if you spend enough time studying and go into it with the proper strategy, you’ll have no problem getting a great score.
Today is the last day to register for the August SAT exam, so if you want to take it without the added pressure of the school year and college applications, now is the perfect time to do so! But, once you register, your work is far from over. A good amount of studying and preparation is needed to ensure you’ll get your target score.
High school underclassmen often hear from teachers and parents that having work or volunteer experience is a necessary part of college applications, and it’s something students should be doing as freshmen. But, do college admissions officers really feel the same way? And if you don’t have this experience by senior year, will that decrease your chances of getting into a college? The answer, in most cases, is yes. Keep reading to find out why.