The College Application Process Begins Freshman Year
When I met each one of you, I let you know how fast high school will go by and that everything you do/did from Freshman year on counted in your quest for college. Last week I discussed the college application process here, in this blog, and felt that I needed to continue with more information this week.
The process of discerning and applying to college will last from your Junior year through your Senior year of high school. To be successful in this process, you must spend a couple hours each week searching out information, scheduling visits to campuses, contacting College Admissions Representatives, and finally filling out applications.
The Senior class did a great job last year and this year to visit schools, listen to the College Representatives as they came to visit our school, scheduled college visits, and made final decisions as to where they would like to apply. The information was given to them each year, just as it is to the rest of you, and they acted.
The Junior class is starting to come aboard the post-secondary train now as well. Although many of you have just started to express interest in the College Representatives that have come to visit, some of you consistently have listened in hopes of finding that next institution where you will be spending the next few years of your life, your next home. Visit with the College Representatives, attend college fairs, and research the institutions you find interesting. SIUe will be hosting a College Fair in October, click on the link to the right to find information regarding that College Fair as well as others in the area. Check the College Representative Visits link to the right as well. Click on that to see when institutions you might be interested in will be on our campus and come visit. I encourage this class to start scheduling visits at campuses, come to the remaining College Representative visits, start the discerning process of where you will find yourself 18 months from now.
Sophomores and Freshman, it is not too early to start deciding what the next steps will be in your quest for education. Come listen to the College Representatives, come to my office to get literature, ask the Seniors what they are doing to prepare and search out the right fit for them.
Time does not stand still, it continues to slip by and waiting until you are 'ready' to start this process may not always provide for the best choices or options when it comes to the next step in your education.