Here’s a list of questions I have been answering for the past few days…Those very questions you don’t know to ask when you are beginning you college search…
About the college search
- How can I get my college search and selection done faster and better – and have some fun?
- Does my guidance counselor really know me and have the time to work with me effectively?
- When should I start really looking at colleges?
- What are the parts of the search and selection process?
- How important is it to plan? Do I really need to treat this like a long term project, can’t I just complete the paperwork (that the guidance counselor gives me)?
About the right matches for you
- What do I need to know best?
- How do I learn best?
- What type of programming/curriculum do different colleges offer?
- Which scholarships are a good match for me?
About using resources during your search (people, websites, books)
- Who should I be connecting with throughout this journey?
- How much should I listen to others?
- Should I listen to the media?
- What’s the difference between a guidance counselor, a college advisor, and a coach?
About the admissions process
- How can I guard against making bad choices?
- Why can’t I wait until I am accepted to visit colleges?
- I was wondering if interviewing really makes a difference to my application
- What do I do if I’m rejected from everywhere I’ve applied?
- If I’m a good writer, won’t just one draft and a revision be sufficient for a great essay?
- Do I need to prepare any information for the teachers that I am going to ask for letters of recommendation?
About your last year at home and thinking ahead to college
- How do I want to spend my senior year in high school? What can I do to make sure that happens?
- How do I manage myself/time at college – workload, time management, social life, etc.?