Welcome Back: College & High School Students!
The summer went by extremely fast, which means your future is right around the corner. Whether you are already in college and starting as a freshman or a junior or senior in high school, now is the time to get some essential tasks done.
Let’s start off with our new college students, what are you doing so far to make sure your college career is on the right track? Here are some tips to start the school year off right and continue on a successful path.
- Meet with your college advisor frequently. If you are ever confused about any of your courses or what classes you may want to take next semester, email your advisor. Your advisor is there to help you figure out what career path you want to take and what classes work best for your busy schedule. They will become one of your most useful tools in college, absorb their advice!
- Join an organization or club that you have an interest in. The best way to make friends and obtain more skills and hobbies is to join some type of organization or club. Each college has tons of organizations you can immerse yourself in. Some organizations and clubs are educational which can help you to determine a career you may like to pursue, while others can be recreational and help you to relieve stress after a long day of classes.
- Make a friend in each class. By making a friend in each class you will have someone to rely on when you are sick and need the notes from a class you missed. In addition, if you do not understand an assignment that is given in class, you can always contact a friend in your class; maybe they will understand the assignment. Having someone to relate to from an educational standpoint will also make you feel more comfortable in your classes.
- Do not overload yourself with work. Everyone at some point needs a break. Relax sometimes! After you are done with each assignment, walk away from it, stretch, get some food, call a friend, and then after thirty minutes or so, come back to your assignments and review them. You catch more errors and are able to perfect your work if you give yourself breaks in between.
- Do not leave ALL your assignments until the deadline! This is the most important tip of all. Never, ever leave all of your assignments for the last minute. Not only are you putting more pressure on yourself but also you will not be able to do your best work because you are rushing. Who wants to write a five, ten, or fifteen page paper at 3am? No one. Once you receive an assignment, start brainstorming, and do a little work on the assignment each day. This way when the deadline for the assignment arrives, it will be completed ahead of time and be perfected. This will allow you to get fantastic grades and reduce a ton of stress. In addition, it will leave you for more free time to hang out with all of your new college friends as well as join in on activities that you will enjoy.
Have a great year, stay focused, and never give up! A successful freshman year is important, as it sets the pace for the years ahead. Make this year count in a positive manner! Good luck!
If you have any questions about your freshman year or need advice, please feel free to call the College Now Resource Center at (216) 241-5587. Also, “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get more tips on how to survive the first year of college!
The Early Bird Catches the Worm
Have you ever heard of this saying high school juniors? It means that success comes to those who prepare well and put in effort. To prepare for college, now is the time to start registering for the ACT and SAT. You may think it is a little early, but there are plenty of reasons why you should start registering early. Here are five good ones:
First, registering early means you can start preparing early by using helpful practice books and tests. They are a great resource!
Second, if you register early and do not do well the first time, you can take it again. According to the ACT website, among students who took the ACT more than once:
- 57% increased their Composite score
- 21% had no change in their Composite score
- 22% decreased their Composite score
Also, PrepMe.com says, “The advantage of taking it again is that your composite score cannot possibly go down since colleges will add up your highest scores from each section to arrive at your composite score.” No matter what, it is always worth a second chance to see if you can score better, you never know what can happen!
Third, if you take the ACT and SAT as early as possible and are satisfied with your scores, you can start sending the scores and other information to the colleges you want to apply to! The faster you get all this information in, the better because you can start narrowing down and finding the college of your choice!
Fourth, if you take the ACT and SAT early you will know what to expect if you have to take them over.
Fifth, taking the ACT and SAT early can allow you free time at the end of your high school career to enjoy yourself because you will have taken the tests and submitted them to your selected colleges in a timely manner. In conclusion, that means you can finally relax!
If you have questions about registering or preparing for the ACT/SAT, visit the College Now advisor in your school or call the College Now Resource Center at (216) 241-5587. In order to receive more information on why it is important to take the ACT/SAT early, “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Picking the Perfect College:
High school seniors, how do you know what college is right for you? When looking into colleges, ask yourself these questions to narrow down your options:
Do I want stay close to home or far away?
If I want to go to a college that is far away, can I handle being away from my family for a long period of time?
If I stay close to home, will I want to commute or stay on campus?
What career choices interest me right now?
Do the schools I am looking into have the major I want?
Do the schools I am looking at provide me with internship opportunities and connections to alumni?
Do I want to participate in sports in college?
Do I want to participate in a sorority/fraternity in college?
What organizations and clubs are at the colleges I am looking into?
Do I want a private or public education?
What is the difference between a private and public education?
Do I want to be in small classroom setting?
Do I want to be in a large classroom setting?
These questions are vital to picking the right college for you. Make sure the college that you accept is perfect for you and that you love it. Your college experience will be memorable and enjoyable if you pick somewhere that fits you. This helps you to stay focused and happy during this educational endeavor.
College Now advisors are here to help you find the right college for you. Visit the College Now advisor in your school or stop in to the College Now Resource Center in Downtown Cleveland for help with your college search. A great way to figure out more ways to find the perfect college for you is to “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.