While many people think that you should wait until your senior year of high school to start preparing for college, in all actuality, it’s never too early to start preparing. You have a lot to consider and aren’t always sure what to do. Don’t worry. Here are some ways that you can prepare for college.
Not everyone has parents that can help pay for their college. As soon as you know that you’ll have to pay for college yourself, start thinking about how you want to do that. You could start working as early as possible and put that money into a savings account. Even money from a babysitting job or cutting grass around the neighborhood will add up quickly.
If you want to apply for financial aid, use an online tool to help you know if you will qualify for grants. Additionally, there are many websites that help you apply for scholarships. When applying for scholarships, apply for everything you can. It is estimated that as much as $3 billion in scholarships and grants don’t get used each year. If you aren’t sure where to look for scholarships, many college prep consulting services can help you.
Most colleges want to see that the people they accept are good people who constantly strive to better themselves. Volunteering and doing community service are great things to put on your college application. Not to mention, it’s excellent for you and those around you when you help out. To avoid having it look like you started to volunteer just to get into college, start early. Talk to your parents about what you can do to help out in your area and see if they’ll get involved, too.
Colleges also like it when students get involved at their schools, whether it’s sports or an afterschool club. It shows that you’re passionate about something and that school isn’t just something on a checklist for you.