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The thought of college life excites us all. We all work hard to get in to the college or university of our preference. Getting higher education is a dream of every student and if that university or college is your preferred choice then the journey appears to be more rewarding. But often we find that most of the students have to compromise or adjust to less than what they have wished for. It may be because of numerous factors like low scores, unimpressive resume, weak personality, and many more. Considering all these difficulties that students face while going through the excruciating process of college admissions, we have brought to you some useful tips and insights which will help you in acing that college interview which you have been dreading.
Getting in to good college or institution of your preference, is certainly not a simple task. You have to work from the very beginning to make things fall in their place. If you are worried as how you are going to end up in one of your favourite colleges, then stop worrying and start acting. But now the main question arises – where and how to start? Well, this is the tricky part. Most of the students fail to get themselves admitted to their preferred college is because they did not plan the entire process well. It is one such process which requires sustainable and smart efforts.
Even if you have not started to work on your ‘Project Admission’, do not worry as we are here to provide you with some useful information that will help you in taking that first and the most important step of beginning with it. If you are confident in yourself and plan your journey well, then there is no stopping you. Brace yourselves, put on your shoes and let’s start with this exciting journey.
For ensuring success, there are no hard and fast rules that one can adhere to. Everyone’s journey is unique and so are the methods to ensure long-lasting success in that journey. Hence, the insights or the tips that we are offering to you will accelerate your journey, guide you to plan your course of action, and will act as navigation tool in your journey to success. Therefore, without wasting any more time, let us explore what our career experts have to say on securing a seat in your preferred college:
The most important factor that will help you tremendously is to start your planning and strategizing as early as possible. We all cherish numerous dreams but only a few are able to make them true. Why is that? This is so because most of us get entangled in our web of dreams so bad that we forget to take timely actions to realize those dreams. Hence, as soon as you start thinking about your dream college, we recommend to start your planning as well.
The first step in this phase is to conduct a preliminary research. Start by shortlisting your colleges and universities of preference, and then move on to the researching part. Look for what a particular institute stands for, what is its criteria for selection, what are the requirements, and so on. This comprehensive process will help you be aware about what you need to acquire to be selected in the respective college and thus would help your to strategize your plans accordingly.
Now, this step is the key phase of the entire journey. This is milestone step which has the power to make or break your destiny. In this, you have to get to know yourself. It is a self-assessment step where you critically analyze all your potential, your strengths and the low areas. As you will get to know about your core areas, you will be able to choose a better course and a suitable college for yourself.
We also recommend that you do not take such crucial decisions under any external influence. Once you know where your passion and dreams lie, move ahead in that direction. Yes, there will be many external pressures like pressure by peers, by parents, and more but do not succumb to it. It is your journey, take charge and lead your way to success.
The most important part of this challenging yet rewarding journey are your mentors, guides, and teachers. When you are in this exciting phase of looking for different colleges, you tend to drift away from the core areas and in such situations, your mentors and teachers are crucial for handholding you through that phase. Hence, it is highly suggested that you keep your teachers and guides in loop. Discuss your plans to opt for particular courses, or your willingness to join a particular institute with them.
Your teachers are the best people who know you and your potential and are in a better position to help you choose and plan your journey to the best suitable college or university for yourself. Therefore, keep in constant touch with your teachers, and update them with any change in your plans, seek their counsel, ask for help. The more you will be under your mentor’s guidance, more are the chances to grab your ticket to the favourite college.
This is the core part of the entire journey. Till now, we have learnt ‘what’ all one needs to do to ensure admission in to their preferred college but now we are diving in to the ‘how’ part of the journey. Hence, the first step in this direction is to work up on your resume. As we have discussed it above, when you proceed with the researching part, look for the requirements that your preferred institution is looking for. And that is your cue to proceed. Assess what all is required to get yourself admitted in to the respective college and thus work on it accordingly.
Start by improving your academic performance. Ensure that you are scoring above-average grades in all your major subjects, gather experience by participating in co-curricular activities, hone your skills by taking some special course, develop your habits, enhance your personality. These are some of the major steps that you can proceed with to ensure an effective and impactful resume for yourself.
Exposure and experience are the key requirements to ensure success in any field or domain. Thus, when you are looking towards a bright future by securing yourself a seat in one of your preferred colleges, gather more information and explore by stepping in to the real world. There are many college and career fairs which are organized by many leading organizations. Make sure to attend at least a few them.
Attending some of the fairs will help you in getting exposure to what all opportunities await you in the future. You will get to know about some of the new curriculums and colleges which you might not have heard about but can be an option for your success. Also, these fairs provide a chance to interact with some of the best career counsellors and thus you will be able to learn new things to brighten and enhance your future prospects.
Many students even by pursuing a set plan or strategy often fail to land with a seat in the institution of their choice as in this entire fiasco, they forget to apply in time. Though this might sound a bit unrealistic but it is one of the prominent reasons because of which many students face disappointment. Therefore, it is highly advised to keep a strict vigilance on the application timetable of an institution.
Mark your calendar, set reminders, and do whatever you need to apply to your dream college as early as you can. Early applications have a set advantage as there are a number of seats to be filled and if your application has some appeal, it is highly likely that you will get shortlisted in the preliminary rounds itself. The delay in the application process will certainly hamper your chances as too many candidates fight for a few left seats and thus your probability of getting in reduces significantly. Hence, start early, finish early.
Now comes the most important step of creating an impressive and impactful application for your college. Remember, your biggest challenge is against yourself. Hence present yourself impressively in the application. There are many students who will be writing the same thing, give your application some edge and a dynamic substance by making your application speak for yourself. The most important thing is to remain true and passionate. Express your passion vividly, make them believe that you are the right candidate for this opportunity. Right words at right places can certainly oomph up your chances of getting selected.
The above are some of the important tips that you can follow to make your dream of entering your favourite college come true. This is your journey, take charge and proceed with confidence.