A College Planning Guide Part-2

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Continuing from our earlier post, we look at some of the other factors that make transition from high-school to college beneficial and easy for the young aspirants.

Enhance your profile

Colleges are more likely to look for a student who has strengths beyond the academics. An all-rounder will always have an edge in comparison to their academically oriented counterparts. Strengthen the talents that you already have, whether it is playing an instrument like the guitar or drums, pursuing football as a hobby or even cooking in your free time. Every certificate or news of these co- or extra-curricular activities you mention can be very helpful in getting you those extra points why applying for a college/university, especially if you are applying abroad.

Colleges appreciate innovative and passionate students, so try to convince them you are motivated to achieve your dreams and targets. You can use the summer break after your Grade 10 exams as the ideal time to pursue your field of interest – for instance, if you want to be a teacher, teach young children, who cannot afford to go to school, in your locality. This will give you a valuable experience of teaching as well as become a brownie point in your résumé. If you aspire to be an architect, brush up your artwork, make sample drawings, and get them evaluated from professionals.

Shortlist Your Preferred Colleges

You should shortlist the colleges you want to apply to well in advance by the end of 11thgrade. There are innumerable ‘matchmaking’ websites for colleges, such as Global Educates, that help you in finding a college based on various criteria like – your financial status and location preferences. You can do some online research on these colleges, send enquiries, and talk to former students to see if these colleges meet your requirements.

Application Process

The application process can be very taxing on the student but an important process nevertheless.

 Tips for Filling an Application Form:

  • Be original, formal, and polite and stick to the character or word limit.
  • List your recent achievements, starting with the most recent.
  • If asked for a ‘personal statement’, use it to tell the college why YOU are the one they need to choose among all applicants. Show how you fit into the college culture and its requirements.
  • Read all the sections of an application form thoroughly and understand what information is needed.

Prepare for the Change

 Although admission in a college of your choice can be quite thrilling, the fun and the hard work are just the beginning. The academic life in a college is quite different from the one you might have witnessed until now. It is true that college is a time for having fun and widening your social circle but for the serious achiever, it is also a time to excel in their field. In the midst of all the socio-cultural activities, do not forget that college is also a place to learn new things and build on your concepts. In most colleges, the lecturer or professor will not make you stand outside the classroom for incomplete assignments and bad behavior; rather they will be friendlier than those who taught you in school. Essentially, this means that you are responsible for your own academic results.


Getting the most out of College

 YES, college is so much more than just academics – cultural events, student club activities, and parties. The best way to increase your social circle is through participation in everything that college has to offer, while balancing out your work load. You will never again have the same opportunities offered in college at any point in life. You will be in a position of enviable stability, once you have checked all the boxes in this checklist. Enjoy this phase of your life, as you will never be as carefree again.

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