Getting Ready For College


Victoria Sordi, Writer

Changing from high school to college or university can be a significant step in the journey. Students will embark on a new journey back to school, with many for the first time relocating away from family and friends. There are ways to prepare before starting those first sessions for people who are worried about this new chapter in their lives and today’s uncertainty. your first experiences. The following recommendations can help incoming freshmen become organized and lay a foundation for college success, from researching academic support to developing strong interpersonal skills.

You may not know where you want to go to college or what you want to study when you start your freshman year. However, there are steps you can do to get ready to choose, apply to, and be admitted to a wonderful institution. You must be prepared for the obstacles you will face once you get to college and begin your studies. If you are now a high school student or will be soon, now is the time to begin planning for your post-secondary education. College may appear to be a long way off, but it will be here before you know it! It takes time, work, and dedication to prepare for a college education. Many chances exist in high school, but it is up to you to make use of them. By planning forward and learning how to prepare for the future, you may make the most of your high school years. Take the initial step and resolve to make the most of the following years, knowing that your hard work will pay off in the end. It is never too early to start preparing for the future. The earlier to start preparing, the less stressed you will be in the future. 

For especially the students moving into the college or university field from high school, a thing to take into consideration is the covid protocols. This is a factor to take into consideration that has not been a factor in forever but is important now. The coronavirus pandemic transformed the 2020-2021 school year into an almost unrecognizable experience, as institutions shifted to online instruction, established social distancing regulations, compelled individuals on campus to wear masks, and enacted other measures to keep their communities safe. Many of the previously in place laws have been pushed back with the introduction of COVID-19 vaccines, although this does not necessarily imply a return to the pre-pandemic reality. Many colleges are forcing students to get coronavirus vaccinations. Unvaccinated students may be required to obey social distancing and face-covering rules, and some universities are charging unvaccinated students for COVID-19 testing. Students arriving on campus this fall should consult their college’s website for information on what to expect.

When getting ready to apply for colleges sometimes the difference that can be between two students can be the extracurricular activities. If you have the same grades, but one has activist and one dishonest then the one that does will get the acceptance. Being involved in extracurricular activities in school can make high school also more interesting and fun. They also provide opportunities to gain more knowledge that you would not be able to learn through textbooks or tests. Also with extracurricular activities, you can be able to develop lifelong skills such as leadership, teamwork, public speaking, self-awareness, and more. 

As a student, when looking at a school that interests you; you should schedule a visit. Pictures do not do a school justice. Do not wait to visit a school your senior year like everyone else. This way you will not be stressed because you will have time to schedule a time to see schools. You will not be worried about not being able to get a time when the visits stock up. It is best to visit during the school year when you can see the campus active and see what the other students are like. But, visiting in the summer is better than not visiting. There is no excuse to not visit a college. In the summer you do not have the conflict of school. Campus visits can be from a few hours to the whole day. Typically plan to spend an afternoon.