College? That’s a Real Thing?

Kaitlyn Wilson, Writer

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If you are a senior or maybe a junior then you know the hassle of applying and getting ready for college. It is hard to step out of the comfort zone of CHS and to move on with your life. Between picking your favorite college and applying with the best application it is still stressful to worry about if you got in or not. The Chipper decided to give some helpful tips to surviving these times of pressure and give the college of your dreams the best version of yourself.

Get Ahead of the Game

It is best to think fast about which college you want to apply for. Early action is what gives people a better chance of getting into the college of your choice. Usually when you apply early action you get your results faster and it gives you time for backup colleges, or if you get accepted, takes the stress and pressure right off your shoulders. You also have time to send in your SAT and ACT scores later if you are wanting to get your scores higher.

Essays

A lot of colleges require you to write 1 or 2 essays in your application. Sometimes though they have the same kinds of topics to write about. A tip for this is to save your essays and not necessarily copy them on other essays for colleges, but use them as a reference to save time. This helps write the best essays and not have to worry about writing eight essays in all when applying.

Financial Aid

Make sure when applying for college you fill out your FAFSA. This helps with the cost of college and determines how much financial aid you will get according to your parent’s yearly income and taxes. This takes some of the financial part of college off of your family’s shoulders. It is a complicated process so make sure you read everything thoroughly and have your parents there to guide you. CHS actually offers a time to apply at school and have professionals there to help you.

ACT and SAT

Make sure you are getting these scores as high as you can before you apply for college. The faster you send in these scores the faster you get a response. To send them is around $12 so choose wisely about which colleges you are applying to. It is easier to take these tests early to avoid having to take them as a senior and stress about getting your scores back before deadlines.

 

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