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Prioritize, make the time for college preparation

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December 19, 2012 | 850 views | Post a comment

By Sarah Holguin

As a senior in high school, I’ve come to realize how much time and effort is actually needed when applying for colleges. Personally speaking, balancing college and high school deadlines, along with any other commitments, such as sports and/or personal activities, can be overwhelming. Are you in the same predicament? Don’t worry, I managed to meet all of my deadlines, and have some tips so you can make it possible too.

First, you need to prioritize what is currently going on. Make a list if you need to, organizing all tasks according to deadlines. Once you find free time, take advantage of it. Make sure you have taken your SAT/ACT. If you haven’t, schedule one. If you do not know how, or where to do so, talk to your school counselor as soon as possible.

Next, make a list of colleges that you would like to attend. Although we would all love to go to Harvard or Princeton, be sure to include colleges that would accept you with less difficulty. Aim high, but make sure you have a plan B also. Consider which schools would be best for what you plan on majoring in. Once you have developed a list, write down and organize them by their deadlines.

Next, figure out what each application requires. For example, some colleges require specific essays, recommendation letters, and/or extended resumes to be submitted along with the basic application. If you’re applying for a college that requires essays, take them seriously. Take advantage of free time in classes or at home. If you have to get recommendation letters, make sure you give the teacher/adult plenty of time to do so. Also, make sure to inform and remind them of the deadline.

Yes, completing all these tasks will take time. However, remember this is for your future! It will all be worth it! Once you’ve completed your applications, make sure you advise your counselor to send your transcript to each college you applied for. Similar to the recommendation letters, make sure you give the counselor plenty of time to send out your transcript. Once you’ve received your SAT/ACT scores, make sure you send those to each college as well. After you check over all of your information, you’re finally ready to submit! Next step is waiting for a response.

Best of luck!

Stockdale High School senior Sarah Holguin plays volleyball, basketball, and tennis and participates in UIL Ready Writing and One- Act Play. She is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The Junior Journalist is the daughter of Moises and Elizabeth Holguin; her brother is Moises Jr.

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