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What is the bestthing to do when applying to college?

As a student that is graduating a year early and also doing dual enrollment I just want to be as prepared as I can be going off and applying to different schools

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Michel’s Answer

One of the most important things is seeing where you are going to school. Any of the pictures that are posted online or sent to you are going to show the nicest aspects of the college. Get to the campus and see what the area is like. How does it feel to walk around the surrounding area is it safe to walk around. Will you be driving to campus or will you be staying on campus some cities are really only pedestrian friendly make sure to understand that. Get out there and see them. It sounds like you are already doing amazing. Congrats on doing so well already. You are going to do amazing. Best of luck.
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Annie’s Answer

Hi Isabella,

Try reaching out to the admissions counselors at the school you're interested in attending. Make a list of questions for when you talk to them. Having a relationship with someone at the school can be really helpful. They can give you great tips on what to include in your admissions essay. Basically, stand out and get their attention, engage with them. When they are considering whether or not to admit you they can also see if you have done a college tour there. If you aren't able to talk to an admissions person you could try talking to a student who currently goes there or has graduated from there and include that in your admissions essay.

Good luck, hope this helps!
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Daniel’s Answer

Great question Isabella!

First things first - if you don't know where you want to go to college that's ok! Most people do not know what they want to do the rest of their lives and it can be stressful to think about. I felt the same way a couple of years ago right before I graduated high school. My suggestion is to go to a community college to obtain your basics. This will help you have time to try some different jobs in completely different fields. Also, by going to a community college you will be saving money and giving yourself more time to decide on a career/job while making progress on your degree. Don't let people put pressure on you that you have to decide now on the rest of your work life. I had a teacher in high school tell me that I would be a failure if I did not know what degree/career I wanted by the time I graduated high school. Well, I did not by graduation but decided a year later on what I wanted to do and absolutely love it! (fraud & operations)

Lastly, I know it may be easy to get discouraged but just know your not the only person that feels this way. Many other people are going through the same process. You are not alone!
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Cassidy’s Answer

I think one of the most important things to do when applying to college is to visit the school. If you are going to be living there and spending the next four years of your life there, you should go while school is in session and look around. See if the people who go there are people that you would want to spend time with.
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Gabriel’s Answer

While I appreciate the academic aspect, I just want to throw out there...for the sake of financial aid and PAYING for college...make sure you fill out your FAFSA (if eligible) and include your prospective schools so you can compare offers. Many schools won't make you an offer unless you do so. And check in with admissions to make sure they have all the transcripts/test scores, etc. That could make a difference.

Apologies for being unrelated...I just lacked a support system when it was my time...took me many years to recover....
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Sarah’s Answer

Hi! I would say stay true to yourself. This is quite cliche, but it's true. You may think that a university wants to accept a certain type of student or that you need to fit a persona they want. While it's true they look for certain attributes, it's also true that they look for unique and diverse perspectives. So when answering the essay section, be unique and don't feel the pressure to mold to a certain persona. Best of luck!
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Delaina’s Answer

Identify the most important aspects of why you are going to school and what degrees center around this. Have at least one to two people look over your application before submitting. Consider both your academic, personal, and professional background when writing essays to tell the story of where you have been and where you would like to go. Once you complete your application, take a day or two to reflect on what you've filled out and written before submitting as well to see if anything comes to mind that you may have forgotten. Reach out to your teachers, tutors, mentors, and others who may be in the career you are looking to go in and ask their advice for applying as well. Hope this helps!
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