When you are ready to start planning for college, just find a college, send in an application, select a major, and show up for class.
It's not that simple. At least not anymore. It takes planning and time to make good decisions. For this post, I wanted to share a few simple steps to get you started.
I recommend students research their career options before researching their college options. Once you have selected a few fast growing careers and identified possible majors, then you can start looking for colleges to prepare you for your future career.
Let's get started...
1. How do you handle new situations, meeting new people, and adjusting to new surroundings? You are leaving familiar surroundings and a structured education. You are moving somewhere for at least four years to prepare for an incredible career and life. Knowing how you handle changes and different people will guide your decision on where to attend college.
2. You're going to live in this environment for the next four years, so take some time to describe where you see yourself attending college. Write it down. Consider the landscape, weather, academics, distance, size, study abroad opportunities, athletics, and dining options. Then plan a visit.
3. Once you have an idea of what you are looking for, start using a college search website. There are many options! The CollegeNavigator offers a free college research tool. With CollegeData you can search for colleges, estimate your admissions changes, and track your applications.
4. Remember that God is in control. Listen to his guidance and follow his lead. When it comes to college planning, PossibilityU posted this video about what you control and can't control in to the process. Check it out!
5. Once you are ready to select a college, find out your chances of applying Early Decision or Regular Decision (Source: Jennie Kent and Jeff Levy of EducateAbroad). Then you'll be ready to submit your applications.
These are just a few things to consider when planning for college. If you want to know more, ask your question in the comment section or send me an email.
Keep reaching for your higher calling.
Through student ministry and educational consulting (career and college planning), I have enjoyed guiding teenagers to discover their higher calling.