Posted by: Staff | 09.30.2010

College Column Week One: When Does it all Start

EMILY BELOWICH ’11

Dear Fellow Beaver Reader Readers,

This could be the start of something new.

No, but seriously. The Beaver Reader is starting a new college column, initiated by yours truly. The column will post advice every week about the exciting college process. Topics can range anywhere from SAT vs. ACT, early decision vs. regular decision, big school vs. small school, etc.

We hope that the column can be a source of reference for you as you go through this
process, but we also hope it can provide you with some good humor as well.

If you have any suggestions about what to write about, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me
and I’ll do my best to make your thoughts into one of the columns.

Week One: When do you have to BEGIN the process?

Many people think that the college process begins at a certain point in your junior
year.This is true in the sense that it’s not necessary to start thinking about specifics of college until then—where you think you might want to apply, if you think you want a big vs. small school, etc. But as someone who has attended several different college information sessions, the biggest advice I could give is start maintaining a strong, academic transcript FROM the getco.

Colleges want to see that you’re a well-rounded kid who does well in and outside the classroom. Think about what clubs you may want to lead when you’re a senior so that you can join them in your freshman year. Think about how you want to establish yourself as a student so that when you apply to schools, you can show them that you have a good head on your shoulders.

Lastly, begin the process when it’s right for YOU. If you think you may want to attend a specific type of school like art school, it may be in your best interest to be ahead of the game and looking into schools a bit earlier than everyone else. If you think you may want to play a varsity sport in college, make sure that you start contacting coaches of schools during your sophomore and junior years so that they can make it to a game or two.

This process is YOURS: not your parents, not your perfect older sister’s, not your tutor’s, YOURS. That means you should work at your own pace on your own time.

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