You decide you want to go camping. You have a vision of the perfect weekend. There will be hiking, fishing, meals cooked over an open flame and S’mores. Oh man, S’mores! You can see yourself coming back to school on Monday refreshed and feeling great about yourself and nature. Friday comes and drags by but then finally the awaited weekend has come!
But, your camping weekend is an unmitigated disaster! How did this happen? Everything was going to be perfect, just the way you imagined it. Well, the weekend flopped because no planning or preparation went into the trip. There was no research into the best campsite, no careful selection of which gear worked best for this time of year in your area, nothing.
Too many times this is the exact way that we approach one of the most important decisions that we will ever make—our college selection and preparation. While it’s perfectly normal (and acceptable) to spend long spring afternoons your senior year daydreaming of walking across the stage Magna Cum Laude at Harvard, that dream has very little chance of becoming a reality unless some serious planning and preparation has already been going on for several years. There’s so much to consider.
What is the right school for me? Should I start at a two-year school or go directly to a four-year school? Will I get in? Which major should I choose? How am I going to pay for this? You are by no means the first person to face these difficult questions. After years of dealing with these kinds of questions, The Carson Scholars Fund commissioned TheBestSchools.org to come up with a guide for their scholars. But realizing that this guide hold information of interest to all high school graduates, TheBestSchools.org decided to make it available to everyone.
This twelve-chapter guide addresses everything from beginning the search for your ideal college your freshman year of high school (Yes! It should start that early) to your first day of classes as a new college student, to preparing for a job and onward to tips for your first day in a job. Don’t know how to write an effective admission essay? We got you covered. Worried about paying back student loans until you’re in your seventies? The Savvy Student’s Guide will give you the information you need to borrow responsibly as well as tips for researching scholarship opportunities. Wondering if you’ll be able to get a job with that basket weaving major that sounded so cool? Maybe check out Chapter 9: Career Trends so you can know where the jobs are before you invest your hard work, time, and money.
A successful college experience takes planning, and planning for something you’ve never done before is difficult. The Savvy Student’s Guide to College Education is here to help.
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