This is a sequel of first part about your college life. So, the next one tip is…
What can you afford?
Are your schools offering you scholarships? Does the government offer you any financial aid? Are you able to get student loans?
If you don’t have the money to get into the schools you’ve chosen, you’ll have to do some more searching because if you can’t pay tuition & fees, you can’t take classes. Period.
If you did pick schools beyond your means, are there other schools that offer decent programs you’re interested in and are cheaper?
Have you thought about doing your prerequisites at a community college and then transfering to a 4 year university? These kinds of things are all individual and different for each person, so choose wisely because student loans are killer once you have to pay them back.
Fill out the applications, pay the fees, write your essays, get your letters of recommendations and send them off with your transcripts.
There is a lot involved with applying for schools so be prepared and try to stay as organized as you can because it will get crazy quickly. The sooner you apply though, the greater your chances of getting in and the sooner you’ll get a response.
Don’t forget about your ACT and SAT…did you take those? Have you sent in your best scores? Will you have to take them again to do better?
Be successful while you’re there
College life can be fun…really fun, but how much fun can you have and also get good grades?
Learn time management, study skills and prioritize your time and tasks to do as good as you can. It can get tough to manage your life for the first time by yourself, so step up to the plate and take a swing.
Don’t forget about the fun stuff though…going greeks, getting involved, working and staying healthy.
In order to be successful you have to balance your college life between:
- your health (it makes you more productive)
- your social life (because it’s fun)
- your grades (because your career depends on it)
- and anything else that pertains to your situation
Like we said before, this is your time to make it or break it. Can you handle it? Don’t worry you’re not alone.
Sit down with your advisor and come up with a 4 to 5 year plan of your entire college life…all the classes you need to graduate and all the little extras you need to make a successful career (volunteering, shadowing, internships, etc.)
It’ll most likely be a loose plan and the details might change as you go from semester to semester, so modify as needed but always have a plan in the back of your mind.
(It’s the only way to stay sane really)
Your last two years of school will be focused on your hardest classes and all the extras you need to help you get your career started. Internships? Volunteer hours?
Spend your senior year finishing up and making a plan for when you graduate. Will you be looking for a job? Will you be going on to more school? What things will make you the most successful?
Start preparing and like before, have a loose and open plan you can modify as you go along.