Finding the right college can seem like a hassle. You have to figure out what you want to major in, what requirements are needed to apply for the college, your financial information, if your test scores are acceptable for the schools, and figuring how to pay for years of college tuition and fees. Although all of these are major roadblocks in figuring out which college is right for you, it's better for you to start thinking ahead instead of procrastinating until the last minute.
Instead of thinking of applying for the "top best" or "Ivy League Schools", try to apply for the colleges that will benefit you academically and socially. No one should convince you to go to a certain college, especially not your family and friends. If you want to apply for a certain amount of colleges, only apply if you consider attending the colleges.
While you're still in high school, try to make the most of it by doing some of the following:
- Take the most challenging high school courses you can.
- Maintain a decent GPA.
- Get involved in extracurricular activities
- Keep a record of your activities and achievements
- Look for part-time jobs, volunteer positions, and internships
- Start looking for scholarships
- Apply for the FAFSA ( Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
- Visit the college for your choice
- Take standardized tests like the ACT or SAT.