Shopping for schools
October 21, 2011
High school students all over the nation are currently worried about the application process. Several high school seniors will or are applying and juniors are preparing to apply next year. There are certain tips and tricks that will make this application process easier.
The application process is the largest topic of the senior parent meetings on the 11th and 12th of October. Mrs. Duzik will also be meeting with Seniors during advisory on the 20th, but Seniors should still attend the parent meeting with their parents.The purpose of these meetings is to inform students about the variety of schools, visiting schools, applications, testing, and financial aid.
According to Mrs. Duzik, the most important thing high school Juniors should be doing in preparation is “shopping”. It is important that students explore all options; what is right for one may not be right for another. There are several types of schools, from four year universities to two year community colleges to vocational- technical schools to trade schools. There is also the question of public or private. In-state or out of state?
It is highly recommended that high school students attend college fairs such as the school fair which was on October 5th and a larger fair in Aspen on the 9th. “In my opinion, more students should attend the college fair in Aspen. The high school’s was poorly conducted this year, as compared to others, and it lacked diversity,” said Hannah Kirk, a, MCHS junior who attended both fairs.
Another tool students should utilize is online programs such as collegeincolorado.com and discover (you can access this through your folder that your adviser should have).
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Although, applications differ from school to school and program to program; there are certain things hopeful students should always do. Check and see what application will be needed, set up appointments for different interviews and auditions. Applications should always include a cover letter, essays (as required by the school), letters of recommendations (as required), a resume, a transcript, and test scores.
Another aspect that will help students is testing. The ACT will be given on October 22nd. Students may still take this test if they talk to Mrs.Duzik now, but it will be more expensive since the deadline has passed. This exam will also be given on December 10th in Steamboat. “When it comes to the ACT, I would really study for that a lot more. I studied a little bit the night before the ACT and it helped a ton,” said senior Kat Thompson. All Sophomores and Juniors should take the PSAT on October 12th in preparation for the ACT. The cost for this test is $14. It will give students a better feel for the format. For first time test-takers, it is suggested not to place too much emphasis on the score.