If you’re in high school and wondering what you can do to be more marketable as you begin your college search, check out these tips:
1. Make academics a priority. Don’t wait until you’re a senior to start thinking about grades. Do what you can along the way to show your best stuff in the classroom. If you think it’s too late, think again. Admission committees look at grade trends. This means that achieving better grades as you go is a good sign that you’re committed and ready for the rigor of college. Take tough classes. You may be thinking that your Senior year is a time for friends and fun. Instead, take some meatier courses and work hard.
2. Get involved! Do some community service, become a student leader or join a club. Even a part-time job shows you can multi-task.
3. Start learning basic life skills. This means . . . do your laundry, get a checking account, try cooking some meals. You don’t want to wait until you leave for college to figure out how to do everyday tasks.
4. Start your college search early. Look at a wide variety of schools and be sure to visit campus. Some high schools offer students the opportunity to go on campus visits as a group. Take every opportunity to learn more about private and public institutions.
5. Become financially ready. College is an expensive endeavor. Save some money as soon as you can so you can help out with the cost. Be sure to fill out your FAFSA if you’re interested in financial aid. The earlier you can do this, the better. Some schools have March 15 as a priority date for submitted FAFSA’s.