Don't Be an Ostrich
Do you ever procrastinate from starting on a project because you know it's going to be a lot of work? You just keep putting it out of your mind, doing other things, hoping it will go away?
Well, when it comes to college applications, if you wait long enough, they will go away.
But that's not a good thing! It means you'll have missed your chance to apply! College isn't an obligation; it's an opportunity. And you don't want to miss out on it because you didn't start early enough or get the support you needed.
The best way to get started is by doing some research. That will help you see what needs to be done in order to find the colleges that are the right fit for you, and it will also increase your chances of getting accepted.
I've rounded up some great resources so that you can jump right in. You can pick one area and go into great detail, or you can get a broad introduction to them all. But take action right now so that you banish that ostrich for good.
Paying for College
- 4 Places to Start Looking for Money for College, including scholarship searches and everything you need to know about loans versus grants
- National College Planning Services financial services
- Claim this Higher-Ed Tax Credit (from The College Solution)
- 5 Tips to Help Pay Less for College (from The Huffington Post)
Finding a Good Fit
- What to Consider When Choosing a College, including the degree you want, school size, educational climate, and student services.
- Beyond the Brochure: How to *really* find out if a college is a good fit
- Digging Deeper When Researching Colleges (from The College Solution)
- Student Positioning
- Test Prep
- Writing a Personal Statement that will make you stand out from the crowd, even if you’re not a strong writer
The First Step is a Dose of Reality
That poor ostrich sticks its head in the sand at the first sign of danger, so it doesn't even get a chance to find out what the danger is or whether there's any hope of standing up to it. I know there's a lot to do to be ready for college. But if you jump right in and start reading about how to do each part, you'll know what you're up against! You'll know where you need help and how to get that help.
If you're still feeling overwhelmed, how about starting with a big picture? Grab your FREE copy of the College Application Checklist, a comprehensive list of all the tasks involved, plus the info you need to actually start working!