Having survived the grueling process of applying to college just last year, I can think of a few things that would have come in handy to know at the time. High school students: thirteen lessons I learned for you.
It’s cool to do well in school.
The schools you apply to in your senior year will look at your entire high school career. Remind yourself of this when you don’t feel like studying for finals. You don’t have to have a 4.2 GPA and a test score in the 95th percentile, but seriously – make an effort.
Start researching early.
Don’t underestimate the importance of beginning your college search early (like, freshman/sophomore year early). Try to have a solid list of schools you want to apply to by the end of junior year, and become familiar with the application process over the summer before senior year. You’ll be much less overwhelmed if you can sort out the process a little at a time. (You can use websites like CollegeBoard, Cappex, and Unigo to help you research schools and narrow down your list by factors that are important to you.)