As a senior in high school I know this time of the year can be very stressful. College applications, transcripts, SAT’s and the feeling of wondering if you’re good enough. The idea of going out into the real world can be very intimidating. And of course a large step to having independence and starting this new chapter in your life is college.
Now I understand that college isn’t for everyone. It is possible you can be very successful without college. But since I am someone going through the stress of being accepted into college I thought I’d make a post that hopefully could help someone out there.
Here are some of my tips for applying to college, interviews and more…
The first step to applying is deciding where you want to apply. Over the past year I have been navigating different career choices that I felt might best suit me. At first I was considering becoming an Ultrasound Technician but after shadowing decided it just wasn’t for me. It wasn’t until my mama told me to look into Occupational Therapy that I found something I really thought I would like as a career. The skills and day to day requirements are a great fit for my interests and it’s a career I feel would be both rewarding and challenging.
If you’re unsure of what you want to do consider taking an aptitude test to help determine or at least narrow down choices. Even if you think the test won’t help it could at least give you some suggestions, if nothing else.
After you decide when you want to apply to you should look into what is required for each school. Some schools want you to have a certain GPA or specific SAT scores, so be sure you meet or can meet the requirements. Applications can be done online. There is often a fee required but sometimes the fee can be waived. Answer the questions honestly and to the best of your ability.
Most schools don’t require an interview or an audition, but be prepared in case they do. When I was applying to my school of choice I was scared when I discovered there would be an in person interview. I was nervous, but prepared and after the interview realized I shouldn’t have worried so much.
Here are some tips for an interview:
- Be yourself- Seriously, they want to get to know who you are.
- Listen to the interviewer carefully
- Make good eye contact
- Dress appropriately- When I went to my interview I saw a lot of people dressed way too casual.
- Don’t be too serious- Take the interview serious but lighten up, it will show that you are personable.
After an interview send a thank you note to the person who interviewed you. This will make them remember you when it is time to decide.
Essays and Personal Statements
This the part when you can really shine and show the admissions counselor what you’re made of. Don’t be afraid to talk about past experiences and moments that made you- you. Write about something that you’ve overcome or got through that made you stronger. Be real, you don’t need to make up some story to get their attention.
While this time can be very scary and nerve racking please understand that everything will be alright. Maybe you won’t get into your top school, don’t let that stop you from doing amazing things. This is a critical period in your life; its okay to make mistakes…you are young! The key is to learn from each mistake and move forward, each step guides you to being a better person.
Whatever you do, work at it with your whole being, for the Lord and not for men.