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Completing a college application can be confusing. It can be time consuming to complete one set of college admission paperwork, and many education experts recommend that seniors complete several college applications to maximize their chances of acceptance. However, many high schools will work with you to make the college admissions process a little less intimidating.
Lake City High School in South Carolina is one school that aims to help students complete their college applications, according to the Lake City News and Post. Officials from the school will help seniors complete at least one college application during a special event which will be held on October 26 as part of a statewide initiative to encourage all high school seniors to apply to college.
According to a GoLocalProvidence article by Cristiana Quinn, a college admissions expert, seniors should start filling out their college admissions paperwork as soon as possible. Students should be careful to use proper grammar in their college application, and to emphasize academic achievements and awards.
Quinn also recommends that seniors pay special attention to personalizing their college admission essays with details specific to the school they want to attend to add a personal touch to their college applications.
Although it varies between schools, a good GPA is important for many reasons. Not only does it demonstrate that you're serious about your studies and academic achievement, it also proves to college admissions officials that you have what it takes to keep up with more demanding coursework and assignments.
Under the new federal Satisfactory Report Progress legislation, maintaining a solid GPA could be also be a deciding factor in whether your financial aid payments keep coming. According to The Sophian, the student newspaper of Smith College, new regulations would require students to maintain a GPA of 2.0 in order to continue receiving funding. Students will also have to achieve steady attendance rates to keep receiving financial aid payments.
Currently, schools across the country are working to spread the word of this new federal legislation to students.
"We are doing everything we can to make students fully aware of the new regulations and encourage them to talk with their advisers to make decisions about their best course of action," Misti Adams, director of student financial aid and scholarships for Northwestern State University, told The Town Talk.
In light of the new guidelines, it's even more important to maintain a good GPA and attendance record. Many schools and universities offer societies after-school clubs to help students who are struggling with a particular class to improve their grades. If you're concerned about your GPA, discuss the situation with your student adviser or college admission officer.
Filling out a college application can be a very important decision. Once you have used a college search engine to find a list of potential universities and degree programs that interest you, applying for scholarships and financial aid should be your next step. Unfortunately, the process of applying for financial aid can be one of the most complicated aspects of the college application process. However, with some planning and a little help from your advisor, it doesn't have to be as daunting as it might seem at first.
The first step you should take is to discuss your plans with a student advisor at your high school. They will have considerable experience, and can assist in helping you find the right college for you. Although the college application process can seem complicated, breaking it down into stages can often make it simpler and more manageable.
You should also talk with a college admissions advisor at the school or university you are applying to. If, like many students, you are applying to multiple schools, sending an email to the admissions department can often be a great way to get the ball rolling and get answers to some of your preliminary questions. College admission advisors can often point you in the right direction, and provide you links to useful information on the university's scholarships.
Above all, try to remain calm. Ask lots of questions and take it one step at a time.
It’s June already, which means the school year’s over already, or you’ve got just a couple more days or weeks left. Juniors, in a few months you will officially be seniors and knee deep in the college application process.
Right now you’re in the eye of the storm–so things look nice and dandy with blue skies and beach weather–but, the whirlwind of college essays, 20-page applications, teacher recommendations, ACT and SAT scores will hit you full on come September.
To keep you on track and help ease the unrelenting storm that is the college application season that brews in the fall, we’ve put together a simple to-do list for you:
–Finish your school year off strong
–Register for the October SAT if haven’t taken it or want to try again
–Choose which colleges you want to visit during the summer
–Use the easy Campus Visit Planner to help organize trips
–Request information and application materials from colleges
–Schedule an interview for when you plan to visit campus
–Review applications so you know what you’ll need
–Visit college campuses, take tours and interviews
–Narrow down list of colleges you will apply to
–Start rough drafts for college essays
–Register for September ACT if haven’t take it or want to try again
–Contact friends, or friends of friends, at the colleges you’re interested in to ask questions
–Create a organization system to keep track of the colleges you’re applying to and the materials that correspond
–Keep working on college essays
–Have in mind a couple teachers you would like to ask for recommendations
If you keep up with these things, you won’t be as stressed when you head back to high school as a senior.
Do you have any steps we should add to the list? Comment and let us know!
As rising seniors, there will be certain things you’ll get excited for over the summer, like getting to hang out in the senior courtyard, take the classes you’ve been waiting to take or any other perks that only seniors get.
The one thing you might not be prepared for is the question that most students wind up dreading:
“So, [insert name], where ya heading off to college next year?”
Why does this question get annoying? Well, for one, you might not know the answer. And for another, any question that is repeatedly asked by anyone and everyone you happen to come in contact with will make you feel like you accidentally stepped into a never-ending inquisition.
So here are 4 ways to repeatedly answer the most dreaded college question:
As soon as you notice the words forming in your podiatrist’s lips, hop off the chair, and run out the door–you can send a pigeon for your shoes later.
If you are not a good runner, or you haven’t trained your pigeon to carry heavy objects quite yet, the next 3 options might be for you.
2. I’m Still Searching
You might have zero clue where you’re going. In fact, depending on the time of year someone asks you the question-that-shall-not-be-named, you might only be in the beginning of your college search. If this is the case, be honest. Let the inquisitor know you’re really not sure. You can tell them about the schools you might apply to, or which schools Cappex has introduced you to. Keep your answer short and sweet.
Don’t underestimate your magician-like skills as a conversationalist. Utilizing the magician’s method, you can make it seem like the question never existed by artfully changing the subject. This takes skill, but, hey, David Copperfield didn’t just make the Statue of Liberty disappear one random morning–he honed his craft (and had a big crew).
4. Bore your listener
If you really want to teach the person who asked the dreaded question a lesson, give them all the gory details. They’ll realize how much is behind the question–the hours you spent studying for the ACT/SAT, the conversations where you asked your favorite teacher to write you a recommendation, more hours you spent studying for the SAT II’s, asking a teacher you didn’t like that much for a recommendation, figuring out what to write your college essays about, joining the 10 different clubs that all raise money to help children–the list goes on!
The more you elaborate, the less likely that person is to ever assault another high schooler with the question:
“So, where you going to college?”
Bonjour! Hola! Ciao!
Fewer and fewer undergraduate students are saying “Hello” to the Romanic Language majors. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education college undergraduate majors in German and the Romance languages have been vanishing from American higher-education:
In the 1970-71 academic year, Romance-language majors were offered by close to 76 percent of American four-year colleges. But by 2005-6, only about 59 percent offered them. German programs saw a similar decline: In 1970-71, about 44 percent of colleges offered the major, but in 2005-6, just under 27 percent did so. Leaving aside “secretarial science,” those are by far the largest relative declines discovered by the Riverside scholars.
Would you ever study the romantic languages?
Crazy College Stories: College Professor Sticks A Camera in His Head Only to Find Camera is Not Wanted
It’s time for, drum roll please, a crazy college story! College and university life is definitely the time for trying new things, but where does it go too far? Would sticking a camera in your skull suffice to say the experience has “gone too far”? At New York University, arts professor Wafaa Bilal, recently implanted a camera in the back of his head only to realize his body did not want it. According to The Huffington Post, “[Bilal] underwent surgery on Friday after his body rejected one of the titanium posts anchoring the device to his skull.” The article goes on explaining:
Late last year, Bilal had the digital camera inserted into a two-inch hole drilled into the back of his head. According to The Chronicle of High Education, the body-modification artist who performed the surgery also installed three posts between Bilal’s skin and skull to root the setup in place.
The troublesome post has been removed, but the other two remain. “I’m determined to continue with [the project],” Mr. Bilal said, according to The Chronicle.
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