What High School Juniors and Seniors should keep in Mind when Applying to Schools

Graduating from high school is an exciting thing, until you realize that you have the rest of your life ahead of you and maybe you didn’t put much thought into what you would do. Now that you have succeeded in that step into adulthood, it is time to ask “What in the world am I going to do with the rest of my life?”.

The answer to that question, you might be surprised, is fairly straightforward; that is, many things. You do not know what you will be doing for a career 30 years from now, nor does anyone really. The best advice that can be given to you is to research your options before you dive into something you know absolutely nothing about.

If you enjoyed English class in school, then maybe you will be a writer for a newspaper and should you choose to look into this option, you will want to research colleges that offer a curriculum that offers broad training in the liberal arts. If you are one of those lucky people who found math and science fascinating and easy in high school and the thought of being a scientist is exciting to you, then a college focused on technological advancement is an easy choice.

The question remains, because there are many options available to you, where will you go to college? If you have never been away from your hometown for more than a couple of weeks at a time, and the thought of being in a new city and new surroundings is exciting for you, then this should be a factor in your decision-making process.

The best option for you when choosing your next move is to decide what kind of life you would like to have during college; that will be the most important factor you will have to live with for the next four, six, or eight years. Not the least important on the list is whether or not your school is accredited by a national board for the program you will be seeking.

Some people graduate from college after attending for four years and attaining excellent grades. They feel the world is open to them until they learn that their program never met national standards and their degree isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on in a specialized field. Do not make this mistake.

It can be hard to know what path to take after high school. Although the world might seem like a scary place, it is important to start thinking about your options early and making plans. The more well-thought out and planned your entry into college, the workforce, and the real world is, the better chance you will have at success.