Whenever I’m talking to students about activities for college applications, we end up talking about clubs. (Usually, because I ask about them.) First off, what school doesn’t have at least one club? Unfortunately, I often hear that club membership can be more of a formality than an actual activity.
It is easy to go to Club Day and join a bunch of clubs. But to stay interested and involved throughout the year – that is the actual challenge. Why? Lots of students join clubs just for the sake of joining; this is especially true if you are a GED student and your study is mostly done online. I like the idea of learning for the GED exam from home, but you will need to add extra effort to get involved in the club says Kate from Covcell.com. Usually, high school students have bot a clear idea of their later career, so this awesome career quiz from MyCareerTools may be very helpful.
So I want to propose an idea. Why not start your club this year? You might be thinking, how do I start a club? Easy – all you need is a teacher to offer their room at lunch and a few friends to join. (Of course, you will need to talk to your school administration to fill out the proper forms and be sure you are ready for Club Day.) But once you get past those basics, you have the opportunity to create something you love!
What is your passion? Puppies? Why not create a club where you and your friends can discuss, explore, learn about, and support all things animals? (Ok, silly example- but seriously, who doesn’t love puppies?)
Starting a club has significant benefits for college. It shows colleges you have taken the initiative and leadership. And hopefully, this organization can make a difference. In the puppy club- you could hold a fundraiser and donate the money to your local animal shelter. Or why not plan a monthly trip to volunteer for Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Plus, starting a club has personal benefits. You can spend your lunch with people who love the things you love. You can learn new things and make new friends by discovering common interests. You can puppy watch films, start an animal book club, and share your favorite cute puppy websites.
We want you to get involved and go above and beyond. Starting a club this fall is an excellent way to amp up your activities and get one step closer to getting into your dream school.
3 INSIDER SECRETS ON HOW TO GET SCHOLARSHIPS
Before you begin applying for scholarships, it is important to remember they are very much like college applications. Scholarships are awarded to applications, not to applicants.
So, just like the with a college application process, it is vital to submit your best work to compel the group, company, foundation, or organization want to give you their money.
If you’re serious about landing some scholarship cash, then follow these three insider tips on how to get a leg up on winning the scholarships that you apply for:
1. Read the organization’s mission statement. Be sure you understand what they are all about including what is important to them and why.
2. Try to find the names of the winning students from the last few years. Find out as much as you can about those students. If possible, try to find their winning essays (not always possible).
3. Keep the readers/judges in mind. If organizational staff decides the scholarship, you are appealing to a very specific audience. Sometimes, scholarships are judged by families or local and national celebrities. Be sure you are appealing to your audience.
HOW TO PICK A COLLEGE – STEP 1: DETERMINE YOUR COLLEGE CRITERIA
Creating a college list can be a fun part of preparing for college and a significant first step in knowing how to pick a college. You can consider all of the schools in the country (and beyond). Your options are limitless. So, how do you possibly sort through all of the hundreds of schools to find your dream campus?
We believe it is critical to focus on the best “fit” when it comes to creating a college list. You need to determine what criteria are the most important to your college experience. Once you know your rules, you can search for schools meeting those factors. Check also this post on having a career in the military.
Every student has different factors that will make a school his or her best fit. We recommend you spend some time thinking about which factors matter the most to you. Some of the criteria we find important for choosing the right college include:
- Strength of professors and major
- Average class size
- Opportunities for internships
- Balance of academics and social life
- Honors programs
- Graduate school & career placement after graduation
One of the top criteria used by many students and parents is prestige or rank. US News and World Reports releases their list of Top National Universities each year. These schools have become some of the most popular (and most selective) schools in the nation due to their top rankings.
While prestige can be imperative, we highly suggest considering additional factors in choosing a college to ensure your personal success and happiness in college. To help students find the best fit, US News, and World Reports now offers new rankings like A+ Schools for B Students, Up and Coming Schools, and Highest Four-Year Graduation Rates.