Applying for college is extremely stressful, especially at this time – you go from deciding what you want for lunch to deciding you own future and career path. Making a college decision is extremely important; you want to make sure it has everything you want and need for your future as well as having the campus being in a place you truly love. Factors include: the class and campus size, acceptance rate, academics, cost, and financial aide, dorm life, athletics, distance from home an first impressions of the campus; these are very important and everyone should do detail research on each of these items. Let’s get the inside scoop, and take a look at what advice the senior class has for you regarding applying to colleges and your future college experience.
Celia Hare describes her college process and says, “I looked at all the schools with the majors I wanted, and I decided on which location fit me best. I regret not doing enough research on other colleges earlier, so I recommend that. The meal plan was also a major deciding factor for me.” It is very important to look at all the factors, including the meal plan for example. You will be spending abut four years or more at this college and you should make sure all aspects fit you perfectly.
Robbie D’Amato specifically says that it’s really important to go over with your parents on the cost and application fee cost. He states, “If you apply to eight colleges that’s about 400 dollars. Use your parents’ help and try to narrow down the list prior to applying. Also, if you contact the college by phone call or email they can possibly waive the entire fee – there are many ways to go around it. Stay on top of it, start the application process the summer before senior year and don’t fall behind. Lastly, try to visit the campus, you can’t get the campus feel unless you’re there, and it’s always different in real life.” The application process is expensive, but with using Robbie’s successful tips you’ll be sure to skate by easily.
Jennifer Paolini suggests starting soon on the college application process and also states, “I was turned off by private schools at first – there’s a lot of good stuff to be found there and they give you a ton of scholarships. Also if you can, visit the campus and try to get a tour. I would recommend using the College Board and Naviance because that;s also really helpful. I also filled out a little chart of pros and cons of every college I was interested in, so I had a reference sheet which helped a lot!” Making a chart with important deciding factors is a neat tool that Jenny mentioned. Narrow it down to a couple of colleges and start listing different items and number it one through ten – or do pros and cons like Jenny!
Michaela Sanchez says her most helpful tip is to have an idea of what you want to do ahead of time, so you will have a major in mind. She also states, “I think the most important thing, I’d have to say, is don’t wait until the last minute to press submit on the college applications. I also think campus safety is important, so make sure you live in a safe town where the crime rate is low. I also suggest doing early admission because you will have a higher chance into getting into the college and greater potential for financial aid.”
It is very important you find the perfect-fit college for you. Take time to look into colleges, and thoroughly look at every aspect of them. you will be less nervous and scared if you understand where you are going. Make sure that you can picture yourself going to that college for possibly four years or more. SLV Claw staff wishes you the best of luck on your college applications and experiences!