By Christine Baker, TSB Staff
Underclassmen, take note. Here are a few tips for high school school students to remember when applying for college:
1. Have a Few Schools Picked Out: By the time senior year rolls around there is always so much to do that picking a college isn’t something you have time for. If you have at least 3-5 schools in mind it will make everything go a lot smoother.
2. Take Your SAT/ACT EARLY: This is a mistake almost everyone makes, because with most college deadlines being November 1st taking your test in the fall is cutting it close and if you’re not happy with your score you don’t really have the option to take it again. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good to take each test twice but they say that usually after the third time your score will go down. Just buy some review books from half price books or amazon.com and run a few practice problems before you take the real thing.
3. Go to MISD College Night: I know its always packed but there’s a reason for that. Talking to college representatives and picking up brochures can help you decide where you want to go and this is usually where most people get a general idea of what school they want to go to.
4. Apply EARLY: This is probably THE most important thing you can do for yourself mainly because it is so time-consuming. The majority of colleges will require multiple essays and although they may seem dumb, they really do pay close attention to them so you need to take the time to write them and review them before you send them off. There are many ways to apply. But for organization and time’s sake applytexas.org is the best way to go. Once you have filled out your basic info for one application, it will automatically use that info for every other application you start.
5. Keep Your Mind Open and Apply for EVERY Scholarship There is: Don’t apply to just one school or only be set on one place. Although public schools are what most people lean towards, the private schools are the ones that usually will offer you the most scholarship money. Universities can all be really expensive by the time you consider room and board, classes, meal plans, etc, so community college is always a good option to get your basics out of the way without breaking the bank. Also, search the internet and ask your McKinney Education Foundation about scholarship opportunities. The more money you can get the better, because no one wants to force their parents to live in a cardboard box after paying for our college.