By Raygan Hall
Now that you're a Senior, you’re probably wondering what the next step is. The pressure is on to maintain your GPA and not let the notorious “senioritis” kick in, to make phenomenal ACT and SAT scores, to finish strong in your extracurricular activities whether it be a sport, art, club, or theater, and to decide where you want to spend the next 4 years of your life. It’s very easy to get overwhelmed by everything that people demand of you, but it’s not as daunting of a task as it seems. Don’t get so caught up in the next chapter of your life that you miss out on your last year of high school.
You have to be proactive though. Start by coming up with a list of potential colleges. First, decide whether you want to go to school in state or out of state, close to home or far away, and go from there. Then, do some research. There are so many colleges out there you may have never heard of, and you don’t want to miss out of an incredible school just because you have never heard about it. I didn’t hear of Gardner-Webb until my senior year of high school, and here I am a junior at the best university out there! Once you start finding some schools that interest you, put them on your list and write what you like about them. Also, don’t forget to already look into all the scholarship options the school may offer. Many of the major scholarships at schools start taking applications early on in the fall.
I would encourage you to apply to the school and try to schedule a tour if you have any interest at all. Going to the campus and getting a feel for what it would be like to go there is the best way to figure out if it is the right fit for you. Many colleges will also let you stay overnight with a student to get the full experience, so if you are comfortable with that, go for it! So for now, just focus on researching schools and getting some applications in. Also, go ahead and get registered for the ACT, which is in October and the SAT as well.
A really great resource to use for all of this is a website called Big Future. It not only helps you to research a college that is perfect for you, but also gives a lot of helpful resources with the ACT and SAT.
Good luck as you continue your college search!
Raygan Hall: Junior. Psychology Major. Young Life Leader. CMU Athletic Coordinator. Chaco lover.