Many high school students dream of moving out of home and going off to college. Not only is it the best way to get a well-paid job, but you will also have the time of your life there. So you can see why so many kids always put so much effort into achieving their place at college. Worried you might not be able to make the grade? Here’s what you need to do.
Save, Save, Save!
You will need a lot of money to get you through your college years. Tuition fees get more and more expensive each year, and you will also need to find the money to pay for rent and general day-to-day expenses. To help students cope with the price of college, there are many loans and grants available. All students can apply for a loan from the government. Depending on the course and college you apply for, there might also be bursaries and grants available for you.
Pick A College
There are various factors that students use to help them decide on their chosen college. When thinking about how to pick a college, consider whether you would rather stay close to home or not. You should also research the course you want to do. Different colleges perform better in certain subjects. So it always pays to try and find out which is the best college for your subject of choice. If you aren’t too sure which college is the best for you, speak to your teachers or your school’s career guidance officer.
Don’t Panic If Things Go Wrong
If you don’t get the grades you need, there is still a chance that you will go to college. All’s not lost! Some colleges will still accept you if there are extenuating circumstances as to why you didn’t make your grades. Maybe that is because you have been ill recently, or have suffered a family bereavement. Even if your first choice of college doesn’t accept you, you might be able to get a place at a different one. If you are right on the cusp of good grades, some colleges might let you enroll on a conditional basis. And don’t forget, there’s always community college.
Offer Something Other Than Good Grades
Good grades count, but they aren’t the be all and end all of getting into college. Colleges are looking more at students as a whole, and will always prefer well-rounded students who have a variety of hobbies. So you need to offer something as well as just your excellent grades. The best way to show your range of interests is to join as many clubs and societies during high school. These can be sports clubs or art societies. It doesn’t really matter which you sign up for; the willingness to be part of a community will help your college application shine.