Students who are actively pursuing acceptance to a college should be sure to let colleges know they are interested.
Is it just me or does it seem that colleges are constantly raising their admission requirements?! ACT scores are higher, applications are longer and the competition is tougher for these high school students competing for that coveted acceptance letter from their dream school. If you're wondering how your child will ever stand out amongst the over-achievers and the National Merit scholarship winners, look no further than these quick tips we have compiled for you to share with your college-bound teenager.
Extracurricular Activities: Besides helping students socialize with their peers and contribute to the community, extracurricular activities are always viewed as a positive on college applications. Colleges are looking for students who are able to handle coursework while contributing to the community, and students who participate in these various activities demonstrate their ability to manage time and avoid distractions. Keep in mind that extracurricular activities are not limited to opportunities sponsored by a school; Activities that involve family or the community are also considered to be extracurricular.
Challenging Classes: A key consideration for college admissions is your high school record. If your child's grade point average is high but transcript shows weak classes, they most likely will not be considered a strong candidate. Colleges are looking for students who will be able to handle a rigorous class load— they want students who will be successful!
Job Shadowing: Not only is Job shadowing a way for high school students to learn about a career they may be interested in, it is also a great way for them to make a connection and gain a great recommendation from a professional in their interested field of study.
College Connections: College fairs and campus tours are usually the first steps students take to help them narrow down their college selections. Many colleges and universities record who visits their college fair booths, tours the campus and makes serious inquiries. Students who are actively pursuing acceptance to a college should be sure to let colleges know they are interested.
Picking a school to attend for four years can be a daunting task for any high school student and parents (trust me, I know! We are currently scouting colleges for my oldest son who is a junior!). But, it is important to remind your child that there are over 4,000 colleges in the United States, so even if their dream school doesn't work out, there is bound to be a school out there that is a perfect fit for them!
P.S. The January/February issue of Potential Magazine is out! Be sure to pick up your copy to see more tips and advice from experts and parents!