What’s The Best Way To Approach College Admissions?
Applying for college can be a very challenging experience. Not only do you want to be able to get into the first school on your list, but you also want to be able to maximize the amount of scholarship money that you receive.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed about the entire process, the good news is there’s more than one way to be successful at it. Even if you don’t have a perfect GPA or thousands of hours of community service, you can still get into a great school and secure a substantial amount of scholarship money.
The Best Way To Approach College Admissions
Since you’re probably wondering how to make that happen, let’s go over three proven techniques right now:
Take the ACT and/or SAT More than Once
According to the official ACT website, more than half the students who retake this test increase their composite score. The same is true for juniors who retake the SAT as a senior. As a result, it’s almost always worth taking either test twice. Since you’ll have a better idea of exactly what to study after taking either test for the first time, you’ll be able to really focus on the areas with the most room for improvement.
And if your nerves got the best of you the first time around, that’s far less likely to happen when taking either test for the second time. It’s also worth noting that even if your second attempt isn’t a huge improvement from the first, a small increase can be quite beneficial for both your college and scholarship applications.
Do Something Outside the Box
Standard high school activities are great. But if you really want to make an impression on admissions officers, taking the initiative to complete a significant project on your own is the best way to do it.
Although it’s great if you can get started when you’re a sophomore or junior, already being a senior doesn’t mean it’s too late to utilize this technique. The key is thinking about the special interest(s) you have, and then putting the unique knowledge amp; skills you’ve acquired to work in the form of an interesting project.
While it’s great if you can do something that has a positive impact, trying to change the world for the better isn’t an absolute requirement. Instead, whether you write a software program or conduct an aquatic research project, you just need to think outside the box and do something that will set you apart from the hundreds or thousands of other cookie-cutter applications.
Aim High (But Be Sure to Wear a Harness)
If you have one or two dream/reach schools, it’s absolutely worth your time to apply for them. Just be sure that you don’t let your ambition blind you. By also applying for at least a few schools where you’re 99% sure you’ll be accepted, you can ensure that you have options when the time comes to decide where you’re going to go.
Susan Smith is a blogger for American Educational Guidance Center where she blogs about information on colleges and scholarships.
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