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what is the best way to get to college


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Lindsay’s Answer

Hi Tony,

There's no one perfect way to get into college! Everyone is different, and different schools consider different things. I'd say that if you really want to look good on your applications, get good grades! Try and be part of your school's honor society and also do AP/IB courses if you can. Also, focus on your SAT score. A great SAT score can get you very far!
Make sure to get involved in a lot of extracurriculars, like community service, clubs, sports, music, leadership, etc. All of these things show that you're a very well-rounded student who can succeed in all aspects of university. It definitely helps if you have a website/social media or a business that you're doing on the side to generate income! Don't be afraid to include all of the activities that you've done on your resume and application when you apply. More is better when you apply college! Another thing to consider is your personal statement/essay. This can make or break your application. I know students who had perfect grades, but didn't bother to edit their personal statements and got rejected from schools that they thought they'd get into. Just make sure that someone looks over your application and be well-rounded (:

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Simeon’s Answer

The best way to get into colleges that you'd prefer is to do well with your grades and choose a few volunteer groups or clubs. Make sure that you have a list of colleges in mind to choose from that cover a variety of options. Also, make sure that you apply for the scholarships offered by each of the colleges to see which is the most affordable as well.

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Edwin’s Answer

Hello Tony,

Great job for thinking about what makes an ideal applicant for college!

I would recommend:
Being involved in extracurricular activities and gaining leadership experience.
Also, volunteering and this could easily be an essay for some college applications.
Showing that you are passionate about things outside of school. For example, did you start your own business, podcast, etc.
More importantly, you should try your best with classes and get the highest grades you can because most colleges look into this!
Remember you got this and if you have any Communication Major questions, you can ask me because that is my major.

Best,
Edwin

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Fernando’s Answer

First narrow down the field of study you wish to pursue. This helps to narrow down the college selection. I recommend speaking with your school's guidance counselor to help with finding the right college or consult a family member that's well versed in college searches. Keep a good GPA and be prepared for an interview. Certain colleges like to interview applicants in order to gage if they meet their standards.

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K’s Answer

Hi Tony! I'm going to answer this two ways because I'm not sure which is the type of answer you need. If it's a matter of how to get accepted into a college, there's no "perfect" resume. I know kids who have been 4.0 GPA and leadership positions who didn't get into schools that people with less than stellar grades and no extracurriculars did. So the first thing to know and give you some peace of mind is that there's no guarantee of what school you'll get in but that you have to trust that you will end up at the right school for you and you'll make the most of it. That being said, most colleges look for good grades or improving grades (e.g.: freshman year might have had a tough grade or two, but by senior year, you've shown demonstrated improvement); extracurricular activities in usually no more than three (e.g.: sometimes colleges like to see prospective students really invest their time and energy in one activity and show growth); any activities outside of school (e.g.: singing at church, volunteering at an animal rescue) and strong references. College essays are really important so Google/study on those and what the colleges you're most interested in look for in those essays. They go a long way in "introducing" who you really are. In terms of affording college, sometimes starting at a community college and getting the core requirements out of the way at a lesser expensive might make sense. Achieving certain grade points will sometimes bring you scholarship opportunities, especially from out of state schools. Your school counseling office should maintain a list of community scholarship opportunities as well as websites you can review and submit for potential scholarships. The most important thing is to have some trust in yourself; don't define yourself by what others are doing or achieve and follow the path that makes the most sense for you. Best wishes.

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Tyrus’s Answer

Work with your High School Guidance consoler to make sure you have all classes set. The guidance consoler can also help direct you to scholarship that you can apply for. Also download Scholly it is an smartphone app that will help you find additional scholarships to pay for. The better your grades the better opportunity you will have to reach financial help in school.

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