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CREATING YOUR LIST OF COLLEGES

During the summertime rising Seniors will begin or continue to create their list of colleges to apply to. While there are some obvious factors to consider like money, majors or location, there are others that are often overlooked.

WEATHER

Often students who are looking to go away to school will examine locations of schools. What they sometimes overlook is the weather that is associated with those locations. Students who go away to school and end up transferring back home or close to home often cite weather as a major reason why they transfer back. It can seem exciting to go away to school on the East Coast with major cities and different ways of life, but if the weather is drastically different from what you are used to it can have a huge impact on your experience as a student.

Many students aren’t prepared for travelling to and from class or the grocery store or going out and about with snow on the ground. Even windy conditions can have students re-thinking where they attend school. Some students end up having to deal with depression as a result of going through long periods of time without seeing sunshine.

While East Coast and Mid-Western weather can be challenging, so can weather for schools in desert or dry areas. Schools located in desert conditions may have reputations for having a great social atmosphere, but being in hot weather on a consistent basis can make students become unmotivated to study or work hard. Of course you know yourself better than anyone else and if you believe that you can handle any conditions then be courageous when creating your list of colleges.

SIZE OF SCHOOL

Just as there are various sizes of high schools, there are different sizes of universities. The big difference is that the universities with the largest student bodies are enormous compared to the biggest high schools. Colleges like the University of Wisconsin or Ohio State University have student enrollments in the range between 40,000 – 50,000, meanwhile some small schools will have student bodies as low as 2,000 students. Each university reports what their average class size is which will give you a better understanding of what it’s like to attend a school with that enrollment.

The size of a university presents a lot of different factors to consider as students are creating their list of colleges. Larger schools will have more social opportunities as there will be more student organizations, a larger Greek system most likely and athletic teams that create a buzz on campus. So while a larger school can create more social activities, but is also more likely to present challenges such as larger class sizes or difficulty in getting the classes you need for your major or program. Some larger universities are aware of these challenges and make a strong attempt to address these challenges. Part of your research should be focused on finding out what different schools can do for you.

Smaller schools can provide lower class sizes and greater access to professors and staff. At the same time the opportunities for growth may be limited. Social circles may be difficult to navigate with everyone on campus knowing each other. Your list should reflect what you’re comfortable with and how you feel it will benefit you the most. In your research you will probably come across the connection that most private schools are on the smaller size, while public universities tend to be larger.

PUBLIC VS. PRIVATE

Many students have perceptions about private colleges and public ones based on the school systems of education from kindergarten to high school. The reality is that those characteristics don’t really apply at the university level. The major difference between private and public schools is funding, cost and financial resources.

Private universities receive no funding from state governments, therefore they have to raise their own money and generate funds for their school. Because of this reason, private universities spend a considerable amount of time and energy fundraising so that they can provide excellent resources. Seeking donations from Alumni, corporations and other donors often gives private schools more financial resources than public universities. The top ten fundraising schools every year are mostly private schools, with some even raising a billion dollars in one year!

So while private schools may cost more than public schools, they often have the financial resources to provide more financial aid to their students. Never rule out applying to a university based on the cost of tuition. You won’t know what kind of financial package that you will get from a school until after you have been admitted by that school.

Public schools can be far less expensive than private schools, especially if you are a local student. Staying in town or in state for many public universities is quite an advantage as most states have lower costs for in state students. They may also have special scholarships or grants designated for in state students. Between getting an in-state grant and having lower costs as an in-state student, you may end up with quite an affordable price for your college education.

Public schools also tend to admit more students, so you have a better chance of getting accepted just because of the number of spots available. This is the case even if you are an out of state student applying to a public university. Being from out of state and applying to a public school can be quite advantageous because many universities want to have a diverse student body with students from all over the country and with different backgrounds. While there are some public schools like UC Berkeley or UC Los Angeles who have stringent entrance standards, most public universities have acceptance standards for a wide range of students as they seek to provide as many students as possible the chance of getting a college education.

As you begin creating your list of colleges, keep in mind these factors as well as some others on our Your List page.

 


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PICKING A MAJOR

As Seniors enjoy the relief and joy of graduation they will head off to a summer filled with fun and relaxation. However, soon they will face the prospect of picking a major. Rising Seniors (also known as Juniors) may face this situation as they begin to work on their list of colleges this summer as well. Here are some do’s and don’ts to consider:

MISTAKES

When it comes to picking a major, there are some common mistakes that students make. One is panicking. It’s ok for students to have some doubts or be unsure of certain majors. The last thing you want to do is rush into a degree program, because you might end up unhappy with your choice. Rushing to pick a major usually ends with an unpleasant experience AND more work to recover from. Remember, college like high school is a marathon, not a sprint! Don’t be influenced by those around you who are highly confident about their major or others who are constantly asking you about your choice.

The reality is that most students change their major at least once during their time in college. See the Your List page for more details and some examples of this common practice.

Another potential trap when picking a major is prioritizing the paycheck instead of passion. Many students believe that by making more money, that they will live a great life that is full of happiness. Often, this is not the case. One of the worst things that can happen is to end up with a job that requires 10-12 hour workdays, great pay, but a lack of happiness. If you don’t enjoy your job, the amount of money you make won’t matter to you as much. Find a career that feeds your passion and then research the financial opportunities that exist in that field.

Along the lines of finding your passion, do your research to learn what kind of commitment is needed to achieve your profession. Can you handle four years of undergrad work plus another two, three or even four years of Graduate school? Often students get burned out or lose the passion they once had if they have to continue on in school. While the profession seems appealing, staying in college for another few years and having to possibly take out student loans to get there may not be as appealing!

GOOD CHOICES

Those who take advantage of their resources will be far ahead in the game. Talking to Professors and Career center personnel will get the insight of what many professions are like and what they require. You may even get some advice on how to get ahead by skipping some requirements that aren’t necessary. Taking a class that fulfills two requirements at the same time is a huge bonus in the world of higher education. Gaining knowledge of potential internships that can increase your chances of getting a job immediately right out of school or in the field earlier are a huge advantage over others in your profession. The more you know, the more you can grow!

When you get the opportunity to talk with people of your profession, make sure you ask the right questions, which is ALL QUESTIONS! Don’t be afraid to ask any type of question, because even the slightest bit of information may make the difference for you when picking a major.

As you gather all of this information, try to be open minded and flexible about what you want to major in. In many cases, the degree you get may not be the one required for other professions. If you can find a major that opens the door to many job opportunities, you’ll be ahead of the game later on. Just remember to be flexible and explore different interests at the beginning of your college career!


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WHAT’S NEXT FOR UNDERCLASSMEN

As the school year winds down faculty, staff and school communities get wrapped up in events and activities surrounding graduating Seniors. They of course have earned this sort of attention. However, that still leaves seventy-five percent of the student population wondering, what’s next for underclassmen?

JUNIORS

What’s next for Juniors? The most honest answer is: A LOT! Juniors have just come off of the most grueling academic year for them, but it’s not over yet! They need to finish strong with their finals exams to have the highest grades possible. Of course as school is letting out in June, hundreds of thousands of Juniors across the country will be taking the SAT or ACT. This is the test that they really want to do well on, so they can avoid having to take the test again in the Fall of their Senior year.

After grades and admission tests are complete, Juniors can relax for a bit. But sooner, rather than later they need to start and finalize their college list by visiting schools. It really is important to have your complete, so that you can start to create your calendar of deadlines for each university. Visiting a school and getting a feel for a campus goes a long way in helping students narrow their list.

July is also a good time to start working on your college essays. Since the Common Application prompts are already accessible, it’s good to start the process and take your time with it. If you wait until school starts in August or September, you will find yourself rushing as you deal with applications, classes and Senior activities.

Lastly, Juniors should continue to be involved in some sort extra-curricular activity or have an internship that helps distinguish their application from thousands of others. The Applications page (under the More+ heading) addresses these and other questions you may have.

SOPHOMORES

What’s next for Sophomores? To begin with if you are looking at certain schools like the UC system in California for example, you should be registered to take a SAT II subject test. For those Sophomores who took A.P World History, you would be well prepared to take the SAT II test in World History. Doing research about university requirements beyond grade and test scores is a good way to prepare yourself to start creating your school list.

Next, you should begin to visit some local campuses to see how they differ. This will put you ahead in the game as you start doing research on schools that may be out of town or state. Every college campus is different and knowing how you feel about the different types. Our Things to Know page gives some details and examples to be aware of.

Lastly, this is a good time for Sophomores to become involved with some organization that can provide unique opportunities or experiences. If these organizations can provide possible leadership opportunities, that is even better! While some students may want to pursue internships, you must know that the field will be challenging to overcome. Internships usually go to College students, then High School Seniors and Juniors. So instead of trying to compete against a difficult field, it might be a better use of your time to find an organization. Remember, colleges want to see some example of a long term commitment and becoming part of an organization now throughout your Senior year will show just that.

FRESHMAN

What’s next for underclassmen, includes Freshman of course! One of the best things a Freshman can do is to seriously reflect on their academic performance from their first year. If you struggled in certain subjects, now is a good time to research how to get help in those areas for the next school year. Being able to identify your weaknesses and coming up with a plan to improve them is essential. You have to be aware that school is only going to get more challenging your Sophomore and Junior years. Even your Senior year can be a bear if you continue to take classes in subjects that challenge you. Going from Algebra I to Geometry or French I to French II is going to be hard. Come up with a plan to deal with those or research for help so that you’re ready for next year.

What’s next for underclassmen? Plenty as the road ahead changes and gets difficult. You can manage it, but it helps to be prepared, organized and get things done earlier! Yes, you should enjoy your Summer with family and friends, just know that there is still plenty waiting for you to get done.


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Mistake Seniors Make

As we head into June, it is that special time for Seniors. It is the end of a four year journey for Seniors. While this is an exciting time, make sure that you stay organized and avoid a mistake Seniors make.

Finishing Classes

Some Seniors make the mistake of thinking that since they have been accepted to college and have submitted their intention to enroll paperwork that they are all done. That is not true. To begin with, you MUST pass your classes to graduate from High School. Failure to graduate means that a university will drop you. Now this rarely happens, but the other academic pitfall is getting a “D” in one of your academic classes. If your final grade is a “D” in English, Math, Science, Foreign Language or Government/Economics, your university will rescind your acceptance, meaning they will take away their offer of you to enroll at their school. Universities have the right to do so.

If you read the fine print of your acceptance paperwork (a good habit to start getting into with ALL official paperwork), it clearly says that you must maintain good academic standing throughout the completion of your high school term. You also have to submit a copy of your final transcripts from your High School to your university so that they can verify that you have maintained good academic standing. So while a “D” grade will let you graduate from High School, it won’t let you into College. Every year, a small percentage of Seniors make this mistake and it costs them what they worked so hard for during their four years of school.

Poor Behavior

Some Seniors get lazy towards the end of the school year, given all of the Senior activities like Prom. Grad Night, etc. This is a dangerous trap to fall into. They may get behind in their classes and in an attempt to get by, they may be tempted to cheat on their Final exams. Getting caught cheating on a Final exam can cost you your enrollment as well. Of course, cheating may drop your grade to a Fail, but your teacher also has the option to report your behavior to your university. All universities will rescind their offer if they find out that you have cheated. This does happen, so avoid this mistake Seniors make.

College To Do List

Remember at the beginning when we said, “stay organized”? Just because you have graduated doesn’t mean that the work is all done. There are still a few things to stay on top of during the summertime. 1) Don’t blow off placement tests. Some universities require you to take a placement test for English, Math or both. If you don’t prepare for it or take it seriously, you may end up having to take more classes to graduate than you wanted to. This is a mistake Seniors make as they just want to have fun after graduation. And of course remember that YOU are paying for those extra classes.

2) Remember to be prepared for your orientation session and the scheduling of your courses. You don’t want to get stuck in classes that you aren’t interested in or aren’t at optimal times. If you need more information about this, check out our Understanding College page.

3) Have a calendar with deadlines for payments or submitting paperwork. If you wait too long to pay for a parking permit on campus, you may not get one. Don’t forget about on campus housing paperwork and other deadlines. All of these are important as you begin to take care of yourself and become independent. You wanted your freedom and these are the responsibilities that come with that freedom. If you are intrigued or apprehensive about what experience is in store for you, check out of Things to Know page (under the More+ heading) and look at the Resources section!

 


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SENIOR YEAR PLANNING FOR JUNIORS

While Springtime can be a hectic time for High School Juniors academically, it’s important that they don’t forget about senior year planning. It’s never too early to prepare for your senior year, especially when it comes to classes!

CLASS SCHEDULES

Often Juniors don’t want to think about their senior year classes because they are focused on finishing this semester strong with their grades and SAT or ACT test coming up in June. However, most high schools have their counselors start setting up preliminary class schedules in April and May for all returning students. This means that Juniors MUST think about their classes for their senior year. It’s important not to have a noticeable drop off of rigorous classes from your junior to senior year. If you have a solid mix of AP and Honors classes currently then your senior classes should be relatively similar. If you choose to go from 3 or 4 AP classes as a junior to 1 or none as a senior, then “reach” or “target” schools may view this negatively. If you have a schedule full of electives, some universities may take this as a poor reflection of you as a student. See our Applications page for more details on Reach, Target and Safety schools.

APPLICATION ESSAYS

While the Common Application prompts haven’t been released yet, you can still get an idea of what they are going to be like from this year’s prompts and the past couple of years. Simply making an outline for some of them can help lighten your load come application time. Often students say that they will work on their essays during the Summer time when they don’t have school and have more time, but quite often students don’t like to do a lot of writing or school related work during this time. It’s too easy to put it off and get distracted. Working on them right now while you are still in school mode can be quite beneficial for you in the long run.

SCHOOL VISITS

Senior year planning wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t start to make a list of schools to visit during the summertime. If you are going to travel by air, the sooner you book your flight the cheaper it is likely to be. Hotel rates may also be less expensive too! Making time to visit schools that you are interested in can help you narrow down your list of schools before you start working on college applications. College applications are tedious and time consuming. The less you have to do during your senior year, the less stress you will have to deal with. Some universities have class through the third week of June, so if you get out of school before then you can still visit the campus to get a feel for what it is like when it is in session. Remember to take advantage of students being on campus by asking them what they like and don’t like about the school. Of course if you can’t make it to any campuses this summer then take advantage of our Gallery page to see pictures from over 100 colleges around the country! Good luck with your senior year planning!


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College Orientation for Seniors

High School Seniors should be aware that there are some universities who have their freshman orientations starting in this month. College orientation is important for a number of reasons, but the biggest one of all is that you will most likely be registering for classes in the Fall. Students who are unprepared may not get the classes that they are truly interested in.

Signing up

For those high school Seniors who have already chosen their school and returned their acceptance letter and documents, they should be researching when freshman orientations begin. You want to sign-up for the first one if possible or some of the earlier ones offered. If you wait until the last orientation session during summer time, most of the freshman classes will be full or the ones with the optimal class times will be full. It’s always great to avoid 8 am classes if can (remember the Understanding College page)! You want to have as many choices as possible when it comes to choosing your classes.

Know the requirements

Before you go to orientation, you should be aware of: 1) majors that you are interested in 2) the prerequisites for those majors and 3) all General Education requirements. Every university is different and has different requirements. Often pre-required classes for a major will fulfill some sort of general education requirement. You should have an idea of what classes can do that for you, so that you can knock out a GE requirement AND fulfill a pre-required class for your major. If you are interested in several different majors, you can take a prerequisite class to get a feel for what that major might be like. This can help you narrow down your choice to one major to focus on. If you aren’t sure what a major is, check out the Understanding College page for more information.

Know Yourself

When you are registering for class at your college orientation, you’ll most likely have an advisor there to help you with the process. They can provide help with navigating the school website portal for the schedule of courses. They may also be able to provide insight into some of those classes that you are interested in, however it is important that you choose the courses that you take. On many occasions, student advisors will guide you to courses based on their experience. The problem with this is that everyone is unique and different, so the type of instructor that you prefer, may not be the style that they enjoy. You might be interested in taking classes later in the day, while they may have been a morning person. You might want to take only a couple of classes a day, while they liked going to school all day for only a couple of days a week. If you know what you like, stick to your instincts, because if you aren’t happy with your schedule, there are no refunds in college. It’s better for you to experiment with different types of schedules, because you know yourself the best.

Make sure that you get the most out of your college orientation by asking all the questions that you have and getting as much information as possible. Don’t feel like you are being pushy or naïve by asking lots of questions, because not only are you now paying for school (well, most likely your parents are), but you only do college once! Check out our Things to Know page for college tips and resources to help you come up with questions.


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ACT SAT AND COLLEGE VISITS FOR JUNIORS

As we head to Springtime and the weather changes you must make some changes to your focus for going to college. In the next few months you should start to prepare for AP tests if you are taking AP classes and hopefully your second try at the ACT or SAT. In addition, Spring Break is the perfect time for some college visits for juniors.

THREE FOR THREE

As you begin your final three months it is important that you focus on three areas for your college application process: grades, test scores and college visits. If you haven’t already, you should be taking the ACT or SAT sometime soon! There are some notable differences to be aware of between the two tests as you decide between which one to take. To begin with, the SAT is comprised of English and Math questions, while the ACT is made up of English, Math and Science questions. It is often recommended that if a student isn’t very strong in math, then they should take the ACT because the science questions tend to be easier than the math. So, less math means that you should perform better right?

While this aspect makes the ACT seem easier, many students note that one big challenge on the ACT is that the testing time for each section is shorter than the testing times for the SAT. So while students want to take their time and do their best in reading and answering the test questions, they really have to manage their test time. It is up to each student to know and decide which testing environment is best for them. Of course you can try both tests without being penalized by any university. For those students who have IEPs or 504 plans, be aware that you must inform each testing organization of your condition and that even though you still may not be granted different testing conditions such as extended time. For more information on each test, find the links on our Things to Know page.

COLLEGE VISITS

Spring time is a great time for college visits for juniors that have campuses they are interested in. If you can visit an area that has a few of those schools during Spring Break, you can get a sense for what the school and surrounding area are like. If you aren’t sure that you want to commit to spending money on school visits, then check out our Gallery page for a better idea of what the campus looks like. Trust me when I say that no two colleges look alike (except for Duke and Princeton, but that’s a little North Carolina inside joke). Regardless of which direction you choose, you should definitely visit schools that are close to you, just so that you get an idea of what college campuses are like. You may not be interested in going to those schools for other reasons, but your visit may give you something to think about in choosing a school that you hadn’t considered before.

GRADES

So I know what you’re thinking, “Of course I have to take care of my grades”, but the truth is that quite often students begin to struggle and have their grades slip after Spring Break during their Junior year. They get burned out of school, distracted by peers or relationships or just get a little lazy. It happens to everyone and its normal, so don’t beat yourself up or stress yourself out. Just be mindful of managing your time and setting up a schedule or routine that keeps you on track. No one expects you to miss out on a music festival with friends or a fun weekend with family or friends. You just need to plan ahead, so that you aren’t procrastinating on term papers, projects or cramming for final exams. Too often, Seniors will look at their transcripts when they are applying to schools and think back with a little regret that they didn’t try harder at the end of last semester or let that A slip to a B. Don’t let that be you!


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COLLEGE DECISION TIME FOR SENIORS

By now you have heard back from most of the colleges that you’ve applied to with an acceptance or rejection notice. Now begins the stressful process of deciding where to spend the next 4 or 5 years of your life! Even though you may have gone through some stressful moments about where to apply to, or meeting application deadlines, making your college decision is the one that you wanted. You may look at this decision as the ultimate one, but don’t worry because there are still some steps to go through to help you.

FINANCES

In addition to getting your acceptance letters, you also should have received the financial package from each school as well. These should have a complete breakdown of how much money you are getting and what type of fund the money is coming from. If you don’t remember the different types of funds, refresh your memory on the Financial Aid page. If you haven’t gotten your financial package yet and want to have an idea what it should look like, click on our link at the bottom of the Financial Aid page for actual examples. Make sure you understand the difference between aid money and loans and how that will impact your family’s resources over your time in college. Knowing how much each school costs should help you create a ranking list of schools that you have been accepted to.

YOUR LIST

Remember all of the different factors that you came up with to create your list of schools to apply to? Some of them may even be found on the Your List page. Now is the time to go back and see which factor(s) is most important. From your research you know how each school fits with your factors. Create a ranking system from 1 to 5, stars (1 star – 5 star) or A-C and give each school a score for each factor. Then total up the scores. This should give you an idea of where each school stands in comparison to each other.

VISITING

If you haven’t visited each school that has accepted you, it is imperative that you do before you make any final decision. How many people buy a car without taking it for a test drive first? Who buys a house without ever stepping inside of it first? For a major decision like this, you need to have as much information as possible. When you visited or do visit, what is your reaction? How do you feel about the environment or vibe of the school? Remember, you (not your parents or friends) are going to be here for the next 4-5 years. If it doesn’t feel right, then that is a pretty good indicator for you. Don’t worry about having time to visit, because remember you typically have until May 1st to return your acceptance letter. If you don’t remember what your schools look like from your visit, then maybe you can find them on our Gallery page with over 100+ school from across the country. Check out www.viewcollegesnow.com for more information.

DECIDING

It is understandable if you feel a lot of pressure in making such a big decision. You aren’t alone and you aren’t the first person to feel that way so don’t feel ashamed about it. Of course parents, friends and others are going to want to give their opinion on where you should go. You can always listen to them, but in the end it should be your decision and one that you are happy about or at least comfortable with. Don’t let anyone pressure you to make your college decision and don’t rush to make your decision. Take your time, because it is a major decision and there is no rush right now to decide!


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Choosing Your Major and Defining Your Career Path

It is truly overwhelming to choose a college major, as many believe it locks you into a career path for the rest of your life during the college applications process. However, this will take you a lot of time to choose whatever subject there is. So, before committing to something you think is right for you, there are a few things you need to know about college majors first.

 

Career Preparation

 

Choosing to be undecided is not uncommon during the college applications process though many counselors will advise you to pick a major right out of high school. Before you even declare a specific major you want to pursue, it might help to take a couple of classes in the said discipline. You can also check out the syllabus for advance seminars and even interview students in your chosen department. With that, you can be ready for any coursework needed to pursue the career you wish to achieve.

 

Earning Potential

 

It is also important to consider the earning potential for the future. College is a huge investment, as it can pay you back in many ways beyond salary considerations. It can also be a major factor for students who pay their own way or take out loans. In a recent survey, the highest salaries are those that dwell in computer science, engineering, economics, government, actuarial mathematics, physics, and statistics.

 

Choose Subjects You Love

 

It is one of the priorities of some students when it comes to the college applications process. Choosing the subjects you love allows you to engage with your classes and your college experience. In this regard, you can get great relationships with others within your field and earn better grades.

 

Explore Your Interests

 

If you are still undecided about the major you are going to take up, then don’t despair. Take note that there are many schools that don’t require declaring a major until the sophomore year. This means that you will get four semesters to play that field. Make the most of any general education courses required and choose those that interest you. You might want to talk to advisors, department heads, professors, and other students regarding the college applications process. Moreover, you need to find an internship away from the campus. If you explore your interests, it will help you find the best fit, which can also be your ideal career.

 

 

Minors and Double Majors

 

If in case a single field of study doesn’t satisfy your appetite for learning, you may want to consider a minor. This is just the same as a major in the area of academic concentration. The one that sets them apart is that minors don’t require as many classes as majors.

 

 

Like some undergrads, you can pursue a couple of majors if you love learning and have the appetite for study. Having double majors will give you an understanding of a couple of academic fields. It will allow you to be familiar with a couple sets of values, vocabularies, and views. In this regard, you will be required to fulfill double the requirements and double the required classes. However, most students might find only one major to be more than enough.

 


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Ways to Stay Motivated Throughout Your Years in College

To become successful at the top colleges in the country requires motivation and some good, consistent habits. Some people achieve success in college by paying attention to what works for them best. In fact, even students who have bad habits can still do well in college. This may make it hard for you to sort out what will actually work for you. Good thing, a lot of tried-and-tested tips are there to help you out.

 

Well, successful students are able to feel in control of their education because they tend to practice mindsets and habits. Instead of studying harder, they will study smarter. Moreover, they tend to experience less stress compared to others even in the nation’s top colleges. For this reason, they enjoy the process of learning instead of seeing it just as a means to an end.

 

That’s why it is important to understand how to get motivated in order to become successful in college. Although there are times when you lose some of your enthusiasm, realize it is just a normal thing. You can actually turn those feelings around and begin moving forward with confidence this time. Here are practical tips that you can use to get motivated and become successful in college.

 

Explore Your Surroundings

 

If you want to appreciate the path that you are on then it is advisable to walk along a different one every now and then. Thus, you need to take some time to discover some hidden treasures around you. Such will include quirky cafes, fringe art galleries, as well as some walking and hiking paths that are less travelled. Stepping beyond your usual interests, exposing yourself to new kinds of music or art, and staking out your own corner to explore somewhere you haven’t gone before will be a great start.

 

Do It Anyway

 

It is normal for some to be afraid of failure, due to criticisms that accompany it. Some may become nervous due to the requirement of developing in top colleges and changing in order to reach it. Well, all of such fears are unnecessary, because you can defeat them. You only have to face your fears and chase them away by doing things you want to do in school. Some students call it the practice of stubborn persistence.

 

Do Not Wait For Permission

 

Steering your own ship is among the greatest things that you need to know about college. You don’t require permission in order to pursue things that will make you succeed. Moreover, you don’t need to seek the approval of others to become successful, particularly when you are studying in top colleges. In fact, the momentum begins with you and you alone.

 

Beware Of Overloading On Self-Help

 

It is always great to get some good advice, but only if you follow it by taking action. The problem with other students is that they splurge on personal development and self-help advice so much. As a result, it will burn them out and eventually they’ll lose motivation to do anything. For this reason, they end up not bothering to even apply any of it to their own lives. It should be good to take advice in small doses, but try to be skeptical of it as well.

 


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