5 Steps To Ensure You Don’t Get Overwhelmed

So, you’ve decided to go to college. This will be one of the most important decisions you make for your future. To help you stay positive, we’ve prepared 5 main steps to ensure you don’t get overwhelmed.

  1. Know Yourself – List #1. In order to choose the best school, you will need to list some career paths you may be interested in pursuing. First, create a list of your interests and talents by thinking of inspiring topics that intrigue you. This writing exercise will help you find corresponding majors or areas of study. To get some ideas, take a look at the areas of study we’ve listed here for you on our site.  Your choice of major sets a path toward the degree that can ultimately place you in that field of interest after graduation. Be committed and excited about your career goals by following trends in careers that interest you. This will keep you focused and motivated throughout your educational journey.
  2. Build A Support Network – List #2. It’s important to connect with people who will support your decision to go to college. Seeking advice and guidance from people in your circles will lead to discoveries and information which can’t always be found on the Internet. A Relative, Guidance Counselor, College Advisor, Coach, Mentor, or Employer are all people that you can turn to for help. Voicing your interests will also lead you to introductions of people outside of your circles. You never know where and whom these conversations may lead you to. Get that list of people together and start communicating with them.
  3. Choosing a College – List #3. There are more than 4,000 accredited colleges to choose from. Don’t let the number overwhelm you. Concentrating on different aspects each college offers that match your interests from list 1 will help you sort through and narrow down the list of colleges you find.  First, search for colleges that offer degrees and programs that relate to your area of study, major, or field of interest. Check out our popular programs here to help you along. It is important to ensure your career goals align with the college of your choice. Second, you should narrow it down to exploring colleges that are within your preferred location. Some colleges are located in a busy city where others are in more rural areas. Distance from your hometown or job can also create limitations to your college choices. Finally, your economic situation should also be a part of your weighing your options and qualifications. On average, your state college will be less expensive than an out of state or private college. Take your time and make the list personal to your profile. Remember, anyone can go to college so take time to look into scholarships and attainable goals you can set to help you feel comfortable in applying to the colleges of your choice.
  4. Visit the College for An Interview or Tour – Once you have a list of the top colleges of your choice it is time to sign up to tour each of these colleges. It is good to get a sense of the community in and around the college. Visualizing yourself on the campus or in the buildings should help to give you a connection with the school. If you are able to set up a one-on-one interview with an admission advisor and meet with other students, this will provide you with a more personal experience at the school. It’s time to schedule some interviews and maybe plan a road trip!

Apply for College – After narrowing your college list down to your top favorites your next step is to apply. You should be more confident in knowing you are ready to Start!

Check your preferred college websites for early admission dates and application deadlines. Make sure to note these in your calendar. Begin filling out applications on the college websites of your choice. The CommonApp.org gives you the opportunity to apply for 700 colleges with one application. Be aware that each application will cost a fee. There may be personal questions and an essay that you will need to write for some college applications, so give yourself enough time to prepare and meet all deadlines. Request your High School transcript to be sent to each college. Gather up recommendation letters for your application, and finally submit your FAFSA to see if you will be eligible for financial aids and scholarships. Then sit back and wait for the acceptance letters!

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