By Mary Smith
You never thought that it would happen to you. It has engulfed you in waves of anxiety and procrastination. You have senioritis. Between dual credit classes and ACT tests, you barely have time to eat a Poptart. With more than breakfast on your plate, you feel the need to reschedule your responsibilities and scroll through Buzzfeed for a couple more hours. As satisfying as that last quiz was, college is more important than finding out what emoji you and your best friend are. It’s never too early to start getting prepared for your future, so go the extra mile and fill your brain with knowledge about college.
Whether you have the experience of a lifetime at college depends on your dedication to preparation. The sooner you apply; the more choices that you have. To start building on your dreams, do some research on different colleges and visit campuses. It’s important that you take advantage of the resources that colleges offer, like campus tours or information about student clubs. After you’ve found a few colleges that you prefer, visit their website. Click the link and fill out an online application with some facts about yourself and your school career. It doesn’t take long, and the cost to apply is minimal. If you are accepted, you will receive a letter in the mail. You can’t stop working towards your future yet because you still have to apply for housing on campus.
If you wait until the last minute to apply for student housing, you could be housed in a spare room or on a random floor. Even worse, it is likely that your roommate will not be matched to your personal interests. You could end up with a lacrosse player who only eats peanut butter- and you could be deathly allergic to peanuts. Applying for housing is incredibly simple: after you’ve applied to be admitted, visit the website of your new college and complete their housing application. You may be prompted to answer a questionnaire regarding your cleaning habits or sharing preferences. This will save you a ton of heartache… and maybe hospital trips.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, it is predicted that about 20.5 million students will attend an American college in fall 2016. You will meet so many different people and experience lots of different cultures in college, and with this many students attending American colleges, you need to make sure you take time to ensure that your individual education is where you would like it to be. If you have any questions about applying for college, our MCHS counsellors are a resource available to you.
Make sure that you don’t forget to create your own future. The importance of applying to college overrides everything from dorm furniture to extracurricular scholarships. Before you begin your new journey, talk to your friends. Ask your friends what colleges they’re looking at, or if they’ve been accepted yet. Your teachers may also have valuable advice that can help you on your way. I know that it’s tempting to sit back and enjoy some reruns of The Office on Netflix, but become your own doctor and fight senioritis with a new antibiotic: proactivity.