How to Find the Right College and Apply

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College applications. I don’t know about you, but they scared the hell out of me.

As a senior in high school, I am a recent victim of college applications and the heavy toll they take on a large number of high school seniors every fall. I, however, am not here to scare you or advise you to not apply to college. On the contrary, I am here to fuel your desire – if you may possess it – to apply to college(s)!

Let’s get started!

First and foremost, you must do research.

This research will give you an idea of what you want out of a college, and whether or not that particular college can meet your needs. You might be in love with UCLA, but doing research might reveal to you they don’t have your intended major. You might want to attend Brown University but research might reveal that Rhode Island is not the best place for you.

Second, explore!

If you’re able to, go to college campuses and explore! Being an Angelino is more than a blessing. I have been able to visit and experience amazing colleges and universities like USC, UCLA, Occidental College – among others – allowing me to realize what I want in a college. Get out there!

After you’ve done research and explored, it’s time to narrow down the colleges/universities you’re applying to! Also time to start to write those daunting college essays.

It’s important to realize that admissions officers at the various institutions you’re applying to want to get to know you – the authentic you! When writing an essay, you must first brainstorm. This involves writing multiple drafts to the same prompt and deciding which does your unique story justice. Next, make sure to have teachers, friends and other trusted individuals read your essay(s). They might find grammar mistakes or have a better idea for your essay(s). Lastly, be confident! Remember, no matter what happens, you’ll end up where you’re intended to end up. College decisions do NOT define you.

I was fortunate enough to find my place at Bucknell University through the POSSE Foundation this past fall. I am more than grateful for my scholarship, peers and the confidence those close to me entrusted in me – allowing me to put my very best foot forward.

If I can do it, you sure can too.