Tips for College-Bound Teens
The final years of high school can be exciting ones as you look ahead to college, but they can also be stressful. Where will you go to school? What will you study? What kind of a job do you want to pursue? It can almost feel as though you have too many choices. The good news is that you don’t have to make up your mind about all of these questions at once, and you can also change your mind on most of them. However, there is still plenty you can do to prepare for college while you are in high school, and the tips below can help you get ready.
Learn to Study
At a glance, this may seem like a silly suggestion. You may think that you already know how to study or that studying isn’t something you can learn to do. However, if you are student who makes good grades without much effort, you probably haven’t had to learn how to really study regularly. This can catch up with you once you go off to college, where your classes will probably be a lot more difficult.
You could try signing up for a demanding class in an area that you aren’t particularly good in. You could even do this as a free class online if you are worried about how your grade point average will be affected. For example, there are many tools online to teach you a language. You can get a sense of what methods work for you and how much time you need to retain information on a challenging topic.
Plan For College Costs
A big concern for many teens and their parents is how to pay for college. You may qualify for some grants and scholarships as well as for federal student loans. However, this still might not be enough to pay for the school you really want to attend. In addition to these other options, you can also take out a student loan from a private lender. Unlike some of the other applications you’ll need to fill out, checking your eligibility for these loans is often a quick process.
Choose the Right School
There are a few important things to consider when you’re deciding what college to attend. Of course, you should be thinking about your financial future and make sure that they offer the major that you’re interested in, but you should consider other things as well to make sure that your experience will be a good one. The culture of colleges and universities can differ widely from place to place, and if possible, a campus visit can give you a better idea of whether or not a place is a good fit.
However, you can also find out a lot online. In addition, ask yourself what size school you’d like to attend and how big you want the town it’s in to be. Going to college in New York City is a very different experience from doing so in rural Idaho, and both experiences have their advantages and disadvantages.