Advice For Applying To College

Alesha Hanna-Kotula, Opinions and Advice

Seniors not knowing where to begin when applying for college: you have come to the right place. The thought about the college application process can be overwhelming and stressful. This article should point you in the right direction.

The most helpful tools for applying to colleges are the Common App and Naviance. Both are very easy websites to navigate. Getting familiar with these websites will make you feel more comfortable when trying to apply for colleges. Within these websites you will be able to find scholarship opportunities, colleges that may be the right fit for your academic abilities, and careers that might fit your interests.

The Common App will allow you to apply to multiple colleges with the same application. Some colleges may require additional information such as test scores or a personal essay. The Common App lets you add your information right into the website. Naviance will help you organize your applications and help you create a plan. You can compare colleges and see which one is best for you. It is important for you to connect these two websites together so that all your information can be in one place.

If you are ever feeling lost in these websites or still overwhelmed, the counselors at Lakewood High School are more than willing to help. They understand many students need assistance when it comes to all things related to college. An email or a stop in the counseling department to schedule an appointment with your counselor will make the college application process so much easier.

Try to make a plan for yourself for the next couple of months. This includes application and scholarship deadlines. Spacing out these deadlines and making small goals for yourself every week or month will ease the stress you may feel.

It is best to take small steps forward and ease into applying for college. Every other senior is just as stressed as you are. You are not alone in this and there are so many resources that can help you. It’s best to get started now!