Navigating the college application process

By Jakob S. Miller
Times-News correspondent

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Applying to colleges doesn't have to be a daunting task. [Metro Creative Graphics

   Navigating the college application process doesn’t have to be a daunting task.
It’s a good idea to make a list of the colleges that interest you — starting with your dream college.
Here are a few tips to help you through it:
• Take both the SAT and ACT — Schools often require scores from one or both, and you may perform better on one of them.
• Take a look at which schools offer the best program for your area of study, or how friendly they are for those who have not chosen a major.
• Research what enriching experiences each school has to offer — This could include studying abroad, guest speakers coming to campus, and/or internships. The latter could be a major resumé booster when applying for jobs in the future.
• Visit the campuses — Going on campus is the single most helpful thing you can do when picking a college. You have an opportunity to see what life on campus is really like, including looking at the housing options, dining halls, classrooms, clubs and more. Visiting the campus also gives you the ability to ask questions you may have about the college, such as financial aid or programs related to your area of study.
• Apply — When choosing where to apply, make sure you always give yourself options. Apply to one or two colleges you think you may not get into, and two or three you have a good chance of getting into. Once you receive letters of admission to the schools, make sure you fully explore all of them. The college you initially feel you would least like to attend may be the one you fall in love with.

Jakob S. Miller is a senior at Southern Alamance High School and a Teens & 20s writer.

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