Repeat after me. It does not matter what college I go to. College does not have the power to validate me as a person. Period. Senior year is one long, obnoxious, drawn-out conversation about college: where everyone is applying, where they got in, where they really want to go, where they can afford to go,… Read More Why the College You Attend Does Not Validate You as a Person
College in America is off-the-charts ridiculous when it comes to cost, and financial aid is a very common way of relieving some of the weight of college tuition. There are generally two types of financial aid for which you can apply. FAFSA Provided by the federal government, FAFSA stands for “free application for federal student… Read More A Simple Guide to Financial Aid
Once you hit junior year, the idea of college starts to become more real every day. Junior year is a great time to start preparing for college so that you are on schedule, and possibly ahead of the game. This post outlines some of the steps I took during junior year that can help everything… Read More Preparing for College: What You Should Be Doing During Junior Year
If you are in your junior or senior year of high school, you definitely need to be thinking about the SAT. For me, I chose to take it first semester of my junior year, when it was still the old SAT which is on the 2400 scale, to get it out of the way. It’s… Read More How I prepared for the SAT
When your senior year comes, you have several different options for how you want to approach applying for college. Besides just the schools themselves, you can choose from up to three different application programs. Not all schools may offer all three (about 450 colleges in the U.S. offer Early Decision or Early Action programs,) but… Read More Applying to College: Early Decision, Early Action, or Regular Admission?
Insider Information Many schools offer an information session when you schedule a tour, and if you are going to be on campus anyways, I highly recommend taking advantage of that opportunity. Someone from the faculty, or a current student, will speak to you for usually no more than an hour, and from my experience, you… Read More Why Touring Schools Is Important
AP stands for Advanced Placement, and these courses are generally considered to be at the “college level.” The point in taking an AP class is to get college credit for the class after taking the AP exam at the end of the year. Are you up for the challenge, or is it just not worth it to… Read More Are AP Classes Worth It?
When applying to any college directly out of high school, you will need an SAT and/or ACT score report. Most schools accept either, but some schools prefer one or have certain requirements such as SAT subject tests. Use this guide to help you decide which is best for you, but don’t forget to check with… Read More SAT vs. ACT
College is an opportunity for change, a chance to start over. Your academic record starts all over, as does your personal and social record. Unless you are infinitely satisfied with your life the way it is, I suggest taking this opportunity to make some changes as you begin considering where you might like to find… Read More Building a College List
In my case, watching Gilmore Girls with my mom had me motivated to go to Harvard at age nine. Even as I got older, and realized that there was more than Harvard (and that they have a 5% acceptance rate), I was still focused on college. I began reading things online and finding information about… Read More Where Do I Start?