It is almost August, and for almost every senior that means college application season! Although this time of year can be stressful it is important to realize there are many resources out there to help. One of the many great resources at SJCP is the counseling department. The counseling staff are trained to know the college application process in detail. They will guide you through what to do, how to do it, and be there for you every step of the way. The counselors have meetings with all of the seniors, conduct application workshops, and offer a plethora of other resources to help.
A great way to gear up for the college admission process is to research your college choices. There is a great deal of information online including Naviance, PrepScholar, The Princeton Review, College Consensus, and more. Every college has their own website for admissions, detailing the requirements for applications, acceptance rates, majors, and everything needed for the process. Do not be afraid to reach out to the Admissions Office at schools you are interested in! Colleges often track which students go out of their way to show interest and have initiative.
Another great resource on the internet is YouTube. There are thousands of great videos of students who have gone through the college application process. You can find detailed information from students either attending these schools or from students who applied. Many times, they give you thorough information about things you might not think about like dining hall food, dorm living, and other characteristics outside of just academics. YouTube channels like SuperTutorTV give tips, tricks, and advice about everything from SAT prep to essay writing from experienced professionals.
Another college planning tip is to try and visit schools as much as possible! It is still summer and there are a few more weeks left. Go on tours, explore the campus, try to talk to students if applicable. The feel of the school is, debatably, the most important aspect when coming time to choose your college. Choose a school that is the right fit for you and your interests. Most colleges have virtual tours set up for those unable to make visits. Colleges also have virtual sessions with their admissions department set up all throughout the summer and upcoming year.
Whatever you do as part of the college planning process, it’s important to try to keep your stress level at a minimum. In the end, colleges accept the people they think will be a good fit for their school, and with all the resources available at SJCP, you will find your perfect fit.
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