Best Part of College

The Best Part Of College

Let’s face it, many high school students are fed up with school and they cringe at the idea of looking into another book or listening to another teacher talk about when an assignment is due and how it should be done. It is almost like college is just another way to imprison the youngsters; and although it may sound pessimistic it may be a fact for some (not all of course). Trust me when i say it, college life is going to better than high school.

 

You Can Make Any Schedule You Want

You practically have the freedom to choose when you want to go to school. You can literally chose to go only two days out of the week and dedicate the rest to either studying or spending time with friends and family. You are not pressured with a redundant neverending schedule that  takes up Monday Through Friday. Now of course you can fill up your week and even weekends with school, but that is the beauty of it: you do not have to!

 

Your Professors Are Only There To Help And Guide You

Unlike your high school teachers; your professors will not hold your hand! They are there to give you the lecture of the day and send you off with an assignment. Now I am not telling you to not pay attention to them or to disregard the services they provide; but I am saying that you have even more space and freedom at college. You are treated as an adult and will be viewed as one as opposed to your high school teacher who threatens to call parents. In college you are your own boss and you are responsible for yourself! So be wise.

 

No One Is Cooler Than You

High school was all about cliques and what is popular but in college the only thing that is cool is graduating and getting a high GPA. No one is worried about the other and people do not interfere in the business of others. Those who attend college are there to perfect their skills and achieve their goals. College is a whole new environment and i barely scratched the iceberg. There is still so much to see and I guarantee that if you dedicate yourself to furthering your academic career you will be a wonderful place in a few years.


Scholarships

Let’s Talk Scholarships!

Scholarships are the way to go for students seeking opportunity. They can definitely lift you up to the point you need to be financially in order to get into the college of your dreams.Here is a list of easy-to-do scholarships that you can apply for now!

 

 

  • Liasion’s Data Inspired Future Scholarship

 

This scholarship’s deadline is May 31, 2018 and it is catered to high school seniors and it awards $5,000! In order to qualify you must  You must submit a 30 to 60 second video that discusses, explains or demonstrates an important aspect of data in today’s or tomorrow’s society and also includes one interesting fact about yourself.

  1.        Learn Between The Lines Scholarship Slam

This scholarship is available to students who are 13 to 25 years of age. The deadline is 7-11-18 and in order to qualify for this scholarship you must write a poem describing what poetry has taught you. The award amount is $1,000.

  1.       $1,000 Financial Freedom Scholarship

Available to high school seniors and college students and with a deadline that is 8-1-18, you must submit an essay that has a word count in between 1,000 and 2,000 words describing what financial freedom means to you and why it is important. The catch is that you must describe how you will gain financial freedom in order to be considered to achieve this award.


College Visit What To Take

What To Take on Your College Visit

You have set up your college tour and you are more than excited to visit what can potentially be your future school but in all the hustle and bustle you forget to sit down and think about what exactly is it that you need to pack for this visit.

 

Pack Some Comfortable Clothes

This has definitely got to be one of the first things that pops into your mind. You need to make sure you are dressed in accordance to the weather of the city in which the college is located. So dress appropriately and enjoy the trip!

 

Pack A Backpack With Provisions and Necessities

You are going to want to have a pack with either snacks or phone chargers. You are going to want to take notebooks for notes and perhaps even a list of questions to ask the tour guide. A backpack can be very useful since if there are any hand-outs or items that are given to you you can easily put them away and not have to carry so much with your hands.

 

Take A Partner

This may not be an item you can easily pack but by having a buddy with you the experience may be even better since you can have someone to co-op and share the experience with. Ultimately the final decision will always be yours but it is always good to have a second opinion.


How to Research for College

How To Research A College

Now searching for a perfect college may be difficult since you might have a long list of different universities or institutes that you would be interested in; but don’t worry we have compiled a small list of ways to narrow down your search while doing great research!

 

Look It Up!

As obvious as it may sound simply looking up the colleges can definitely help you out. But do not just stop at one website; search on several. Here at College Prep Consultants we can help you out with the research for specific colleges, but sometimes going at your own speed can be great! Search for acceptance rates and what the school specializes in when it comes to majors and minors; look up the campus and see how the day to day life is. There is really room for  any question when looking up your college choices.

 

Self-Evaluation

Now as you research your colleges think about what it is you have a passion for. When it comes to going to college it is very important you are going there to chase your dreams and also perfect your skill set. So ask yourself if you are good at music? Is it reading and writing? Maybe science or performing arts. Figure out what it is you do best and find the right college that fits you.

 

Schedule Some College Tours

The best way to see how something works is to go straight to the source and experience it yourself. Set up a college visit and get ready to see what the school is all about. This can be a great and fun experience as you get to witness all that the school has to offer as your tour guide takes you through the campus.


Preparing for Finals at College

Preparing For Finals

The end is near when it comes to the semester! Finals are going to be fast approaching and I am sure you are stressing out and feeling as if the semester is crashing down on you. I compiled a list of things that you can do to prepare you for finals so there is no need to fret!

 

 

  • Study! Study! Study!

 

There is truly nothing more beneficial than to simply study for your tests even if it means studying in small increments in terms of subject or material. You are better of taking your time with studying instead of cramming it all in during one night. Remember to orchestrate your time intelligently and create a schedule that balances your academic and personal life.

 

  1.        Manage Your Time!

Now this is the time when you must arrange your time according to a specialized schedule. You do not need to dedicate all of your time to school! We are only human so it is healthy to plan nights out or sit back and relax while watching your favorite show on Netflix; but remember that you must also work around your study schedule and figure a way to hash out a perfect plan that ensures that you meet your personal and academic needs.

 

  1.        Talk With Your Teachers

Speak to your teachers about your grade and of any assignment that you might be missing. Make sure you are up to date about the current subject and of course be sure you are on top of everything that is needed to pass the class and/or classes. Now I am not saying that you should expect the worse but I highly advocate you prepare yourself and make sure you get as many points as you can before finals and if you are on top of things already then use this time as a way to get ready for the finals to come.

 

  1.         Do Not Stress

If you follow the above steps I will assure you that you will be successful during your finals. Just don’t stress yourself out by procrastinating or carrying out bad study habits.Here at CPC we are rooting for you and are wishing your the best of luck.


Summer Programs for College Admissions

Summer Programs for High School Students

You do not have to sit around all summer and wait for something to hit you over the head. More than likely if you are here reading this you are interested in furthering your education and taking the initiative to put yourself a couple steps ahead of everyone else. Below is a list of programs that you can look into to help further your education.  

 

Academic Enrichment by Westcoast Connection

With programs on the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles, McGill in Montreal, Barcelona and Florence, high school students have the opportunity to prepare for college by participating in a blend of interactive courses taught by college instructors. In addition to college preparation students can engage in exciting day trips and excursions.  

 

Visit https://www.westcoastconnection.com/ for more information.

 

California State Summer School For Mathematics and Sciences

Designed for students who have shown skills in STEM, California State Summer School For Mathematics and Sciences is a four week summer residential program that gives them the opportunity to venture beyond their everyday high school academic curriculum. Students will work in state-of-the-art labs alongside renowned faculty members, scientists, and researchers.

 

Visit   https://cosmos-ucop.ucdavis.edu/app/main for more information.

 

Columbia College Of Chicago - Summer At Columbia

Tailored to students who have completed their sophomore, junior, and/or senior years of high school but have not attended college yet are interested in art and communication, Summer at Columbia is a great program in which courses do transfer as electives to Columbia College of Chicago and to some other colleges or universities at the discretion of the particular school. Students can also live on campus like an actual college student and enjoy the meal plans for an additional cost.

Visit https://www.colum.edu/admissions/summer-at-columbia/index.html for more information.


Experiences While at College

Experiences You Should Have In College

College isn’t always about going to class and studying for the next exam. College can be a wonderful experience that will last you a lifetime if you chose to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities it has to offer.

 

Watch Plays

Look, maybe you feel as if plays are not for you but sometimes saying yes to something new might spark a new interest in you. In my experience during college I actually was reluctant to watch plays but when i did i never regretted it. I love to see what my peers are doing and i have never been disappointed.

 

Check Out The Clubs and Join One!

If you are going to school for business or simply feel as if you need more friends the join a club! It is a great way to have adventures and to try new things. You do not even have to commit to the club if it is not for you but at least you made some friends in the process. College is all about new experiences so take advantage!

 

Study Abroad

Now this one may seem like it is a little too far fetched but studying abroad can open up a window of opportunity for you as well as help you explore new cultures. There is so much more out there in the world. College is the perfect time to do this because your main focus during this wonderous time is to figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life and perhaps spending time in another country and gaining some new experience might help you figure that out.

 

Participate in Sporting Events

You don’t just have to be an athlete to participate in your intramural sports. Go and enjoy the games and immerse yourself in the crowd. Enjoy the school spirit and meet people. Cheer on your team and have loads of fun! College does not have to be a barren wasteland of homework and studying but it can be a brand new world full of excitement and experience.


Now That You Are Accepted To Your College?

What  To Do When Accepted To A College 

 

You have been accepted into the colleges of your dreams, what is there to do now? Obviously you celebrate and tell everyone while feeling proud of such an accomplishment. But like all celebrations there comes and end to it and eventually it is time to get back to business.

 

Find the Best Suited School

You have worked so hard to get to this point just so you can be noticed and accepted and much like any dedicated student there are going to be more than one college that you are interested in and have become interested in you. This is the time to uncover the pros and cons of your college choices and find the best fit. Consider what these schools have to offer. How will you do that for sure?

 

You Guessed It, Schedule Some Campus Tours

I am sure you have already done the campus tours but you can never be too certain. So schedule some more tours and dissect the mind of your tour-guides. College is an investment therefore you want to make the right choice.

 

Unravel the Finances

Now knowing what how much money is needed for you college choices is very important. Think about tuition and the costs of your books and necessary gear. Also consider the grants that are offered and scholarships you were accepted into.  

 

Lastly Be Sure The Choice You Are Making Is Yours

There have been so many cases where a student chooses a school because someone recommended it or because they’re chasing a friend or loved one. The final choice is yours and no one else’s so do not try to follow the footsteps of another if it does not feel right to you. Remember that this is your future and no one else’s.

 

  1. What Should High School Seniors Do Right Now?

Let us take the time to celebrate that you have made it passed years of hard work and academic dedication. You are at the edge of what was then to what will become of you. And although some things may be clearer more now than ever the ride is still not over.

 

Do Not Fall Victim Of Senioritis

It is only natural for this to happen to those who have worked so hard that in the end it seems that slacking off a little bit won’t cause any harm. I advise you to stay dedicated and put in your all no matter how late in the game it is. End this year off with a bang an be the best you can for yourself.

 

Start Narrowing Your College Search

This is the perfect time to shorten your list of a colleges so that you can focus on the few that have better things to offer you in order for you to succeed. Schedule some college tours and seek out the college that was designed for your dreams. If you have the right resume then these colleges will be looking for you!

 

Schedule Some College Tours

Visit the colleges you want to get into so. Campus tours are a perfect way to find the best college for you since instead of looking at a brochure or online blog you will be walking the campus itself and seeing the life the school has to offer!

 

Enjoy Yourself

Yes it is stressful and yes you should not slack off but this does not mean you cannot enjoy your last year as a highschooler. Enjoy this time because there will not be a next. After this it’s all about independence and figuring things out for yourself so have a little fun and create a bucket list of things to do before the year ends.


Choose the Right College

Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a College 

 

Rushing The Selection Process

First of all a mistake to avoid is rushing the selection process. You want to start searching for a college as soon as you possibly can to ensure you get into the right one. You do not want start late and risk getting into the wrong school choosing the most convenient one.

 

Considering The Rank

When choosing a college considering its rank can be something that may influence your choice in the selection process. Now although a college rank can showcase how prestigious a school is it is often better to consider the school’s strength in your intended major. Now what is more important? Going to a school because it looks good on your resume or actually attending an institute that will benefit your career.

 

Following Your Best Friends

One of the worst mistakes that can be made is going to a college because you want to stay close to your friends or even your sweetheart. A college is an investment and making the wrong choice will hurt you in the long run. If your friends are willing to invest in their future then you should as well.

 

Assume All Colleges Are The Same

All colleges are different when it comes to rank and  and prestige so it would be detrimental to assume all universities or educational institutes are the same. Each college has a different emphasis on how students learn. Some schools might focus more on teaching its students while others might focus more on research. As you search for the perfect college discover the similarities and also uncover the differences.


Passion or Reality

Passion vs Reality

Sometimes we know and sometimes we don’t. That is the beauty of growing up and living your day to day life. We look at those who seem to have got it made and think that we wish we were them because they have got it so easy but the truth is that everyone had to figure it out somehow.

 

There is no other way to go about this other than to tell you that you have to stay focused and figure out the one thing you love to do. Now sometimes what you love to do is not a career that is easy to attain and it is hard to admit that some things are not tangible but this does not mean you have to completely let go of your passion because it is hard to make money off of it. Keep it as a hobby and find a way to tie in your passion with your skills.

 

Maybe you are a talented artist or maybe you are a skillful musician; continue to work on what it is you love while at the same time applying your talents to your education. Maybe you can teach music or art to others and become a role model to someone else’s life and become an inspiration to others because regardless of how outlandish your dreams were you still managed to stay true to your craft while at the same time making it a job.

 

The bottom line, school is important and so are your passions and although some people get luckier than others this does not mean that you can’t use your talents anymore. You can make your dreams a reality and I honestly believe you can.