Once the second semester for a high school senior commences, it is certain that the thought of graduating becomes very anticipated, yet very unreal. It is critical that throughout all the prom talk and other senior craziness, one remains focused and optimistic towards furthering their education.
By the beginning of 2016, some seniors may have already been admitted and committed to colleges, while others may be awaiting their acceptance letters. Others might still be figuring out what their future after high school holds. There is absolutely no rush in this process because it is better to feel secure in your mind that what you reach for will benefit you greatly in the end.
Barnard states that the first resolution to a successful college admission search is to explore your own boundaries. Go a bit outside your “immediate sphere” when searching for the perfect college. In contrast, he also suggests to not totally disregard colleges within your state. Although the idea of going far away may be exciting, in-state universities can provide you with the same experience, educational and social wise, but at a much cheaper price.
Barnard also imposes that one shall not set themselves short, because they are afraid of rejection. Go ahead. Apply and apply and apply. It won’t hurt. Be aware of your credentials, although, just so you can remain between your boundaries.
One not-so harsh command Barnard states is to let go, and have fun. Looking into colleges should be interesting, and exhilarating. Take road-trips to these campuses, explore your future college town, and most importantly, do not stress yourself by thinking you must find the absolute perfect college, when more than one college can have the ability to provide amazing opportunities within itself.
In the words of Barnard, “ Carpe diem”. Do not procrastinate when it comes to researching and applying for colleges, scholarships, etc. If you start early, you’ll be better set once all your fun senior activities begin and it will lift a weight off your shoulders. The college-hunt process shouldn't consume you, if you plan accordingly.
Lastly, Barnard stresses the importance of communication and authenticity. Being open to teachers, counselors, admission officers, and parents will assist you in discovering more opportunities than you ever knew you had. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and most importantly don’t overwhelm yourself. Don’t feel pressured to alter yourself into a particular
“image “ in order to grasp the attention of admission officers. Be yourself. It’s all about originality and showing colleges what makes YOU the best candidate for their university, without having to change anything about your persona.
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