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Between 30-40% of incoming college freshmen are undecided on a major when they enter college. It’s also estimated that between 75-80% of students change their majors during their college careers.
Is it good to be open minded about your studies or does jumping around majors hurt you in the process?
Leave your answer in the comments below or tweet at @Cappex to chime in (we’ll post your answer below)!
When freshman enter high school, college is probably the last thing on their minds. There are just so many other important things to think about, like, where it’s okay to sit in the cafeteria, and which teachers check homework every day and getting from X hall to J hall before the 3 minute bell!
It’s a crazy world in those high school halls, especially for a newbie. What’s even crazier is that it’s actually not that crazy to start thinking about college once you catch your breath. It may seem unnecessary at the time, considering you still got 4 more school years to go, but in the long run, it will actually ease the stress your college search.
Here are 6 things college-bound high school freshman should keep in mind:
1. Start Early
Freshman year of high school seems early to to start your college search. But, it’s more about mental preparedness than anything else. The college application process is like a 3-ringed circus that you have to run while keeping up with your high school classes. The more you can prepare yourself for it, the smoother time you’ll have.
Sit down with your high school counselor. Make sure you’re on the path to graduate on time and that you’re taking classes required for most colleges. Discuss your future with your parents so you can all be on the same page about your goals. College is a big deal–financially and academically–and will have a huge impact on your life. So, how could it hurt to start thinking about it?
2. Find a Passion or Hobby
There are too many students out there who just phone-in volunteer hours so it will “look good” on their college application. Yes, extra-curricular activities, leadership and volunteer services will make your college application appear more well-rounded. But, college admissions folks weren’t born yesterday. They can tell the difference between surface-deep involvement in an activity and a heartfelt one.
A passion or a hobby can be anything. Sports, birdwatching, an after-school job, tutoring, etc. Find or continue doing what you love and what interests you. It will be easier, and far more fun and motivating to grow and find leadership positions doing something you love versus something you think will look good on a resume.
3. Reach Out to Teachers
Your teachers are probably the most underused resource you have. If they’re teaching at your school, they went to college and can offer up words of wisdom. Ask questions about how they discovered they wanted to become teachers or if they know any field of study that you’d be interested in. Just because it’s not on the syllabus doesn’t mean you can’t ask.
It’s also great to keep up a healthy relationship with a couple teachers because you might need a letter of recommendation in a few years.
4. Every Year Counts
Certain colleges will tell you that they disregard Freshman year from your transcript and GPA. For the most part, this is not the case. Do not throw away your freshman year out of the belief that “it doesn’t matter”. All of your grades go into your GPA, so keep up with your schoolwork.
Also, if you get involved in activities your freshman year, you’ll have more flexibility to move up and take on leadership opportunities that a person who starts in a club their sophomore or junior year won’t have.
5. Plan Your Summer Smartly
The summer going into your sophomore year can really set the pace for the rest of your high school career and college search. Think about your priorities. What do you want to be able to tell colleges when you apply to them? If you want to show them your work ethic, perhaps taking on extra hours at your summer job is key. If you want to show them you’re passionate about volunteering, volunteer! Apply for an internship at a local charity. Use your time in the summer not only to have fun, but to keep yourself growing as a college-bound student.
6. Keep an Eye Out for Scholarships
Paying for college is no small feat. In fact, if it were feet, it’d be huge feet. There are tons of scholarships out there. Some are small. Some are huge. The earlier you start looking and applying for scholarships, the more likely are you to acquire some scholarship money before you head off to college.
The sooner you start, the more ahead you’ll be in your college search.
Do you have tips for high school freshman about beginning their college search early? Comment and let us know!
For all you college-bound seniors on the brink of graduation, get ready, because we’ve found 7 great college scholarships that you should apply to today!
You may have already fallen ill with senioritis, but paying for your college education is not an option, and here are 7 easy scholarships to help you start chipping away at that big tuition number.
1. Ayn Rand “Atlas Shrugged” Scholarships
84 scholarships between $50-$10,000 will be awarded to applicants who submit an essay on the book Atlas Shrugged. That much money is definitely worth a book report.
2. Directron.com College Scholarship
If you’re a tech geek, this scholarship should be easy as pie for you. 6 scholarships between $300-$1,000 will be awarded. Deadline’s approaching, so start this one ASAP.
3. The Big Dig Scholarship
Can you think of one item sold in stores today that will be immensely valuable in 200 years? We have a feeling you’ll be able to think of something for a $3,000 scholarship…
4. Share Your Story Scholarship
Got a story to tell? This program is giving away $1,000-$9,000 to 6 applicants.
5. Cardonors.com Scholarship
Looking for an easy, no-stress scholarship to apply to? This $500 scholarship has a super easy application you could complete by the time you finish reading this description!
6. Healthy Lifestyle Scholarship
This $5,000 scholarship is designed to award students who embrace healthy lifestyles. So put down the Funyons for this scholarship.
7. C.I.P. Scholarship
The College is Power scholarship is here to help students pay for tuition, books, room and board, computers or anything else related to your education! With a straightforward application and a deadline approaching, you should apply today!
And juniors! Don’t worry, here are some scholarships that could work for you!
Seriously though, do you have trouble waking up?
So many college students sleep through their classes after pulling all nighters on assignments and papers. Perhaps a phone call from their dean would help them get up for class?
Well, one high school is preemptively attacking this college problem. At one Massachusetts high school, chronic over-sleepers receive a robo-call from their principal telling them to wake up and get to school. In recent years, the robo-call has mostly been used to notify families with students if school is cancelled or not due to weather.
Now, forward-thinking high schools are using this technology to boost their attendance rates and get kids in school learning, and hopefully, applying for college eventually.
Would you want an automated wake-up call to get you out of bed and in class on time?
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