Someone once told me that hard work pays off. Honestly it has; I’m about to graduate and start this thing called life. But no one ever told me that starting life outside of high school was going to be so complicated.
There is so much to do when it comes to college: picking the right college, writing resumes, getting letters of recommendation, finding a scholarship and taking the ACT and SAT tests.
It doesn’t sound so complicated but when it comes down to it, there is so much stuff you have to do it’s impossible to know where to start.
Picking the right college is probably one of the most important things because you do not want to get stuck in a school that you do not like or a school that doesn’t fit the kind of person you are. You probably would not want to go to a small school when you are a very outgoing person and a person that would like to meet a variety of people. So if I were you I would first pick out the college you would want to go to first. It is also a good idea if you pick more than one school to go to just in case the school you want to go to does not accept your application.
The most frustrating part of it all is that sometimes the school you dream of going to may not accept your application. If that happens, do not give up; try other schools. You may find that your dream school wasn’t the dream school you thought it might have been.
Writing resums is a difficult thing when you do not know what to put in them (This is the part where I’m stuck). Usually you put why you’re interested in the school and what qualifications you have that make you eligible for going to the school. But honestly, I am not quite sure what to put. There might be too much stuff to write or not enough.
Letters of recommendation are another thing you need to get to show that you are going to be a good student and that you are going to work hard. I think all you need to to is just ask your teachers if they will write you one, but it is not just as simple as that. You need to ask way ahead of time so that they can have it done by the deadline and so that they have time to do a good job on it. (Not that they won’t if they are rushed on time).
Finding scholarships and taking the standardized tests like the ACT and the SAT are very important for college because they help pay for school and they kind of place you in the classes that you need to start off with. Scholarships will help so much because it gives you a way to pay for school if parents are not able to help. (In my case, I’m going to need a lot of them). Taking the ACTs and SATs is a stressful thing because they are tough. It is a good idea to study for them by getting the practice books; they will help a ton especially if you’re like me and freeze up during tests.
Some students have been preparing since their Junior year for college, and that is a good thing. You can do this by taking concurrent enrollment classes at Luna or at Highlands. By taking these classes you can take prerequisites toward your major (just make sure that that credits you take are able to the colleges of your choice). If you don’t know what you want to major in, that’s okay.
I have been thinking long and hard about what I want to get into; I kind of have an idea but i’m not so sure yet.
So don’t panic if you enter college and you don’t yet have a major — you will eventually find something you’re good at and like during the time that you are in school.
Naomi Gonzales is an Optic intern and a Senior at Robertson High School. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org