When you were a teenager, you had a goal. You may or may not have wanted to go to college, but you had something in mind. Sometimes, what we have in mind is not the best idea, but something rings a bell within us as to what we want to do with our lives. Today, getting into college is more important than ever, even if you think that you do not need to go to school for what you plan to do with your life. Teenagers often have huge pressures about getting into the college of their choice, but adults who go back to school can have the same concerns. They just deal with them differently.
For a teenager, getting into college comes with a pressure that comes from all sides. They may be pressuring themselves to get into a college they prefer, but they may also be facing pressure from parents to get into a good school. Parents who went to a particular college may want their children to follow in their footsteps, which adds huge pressure if that is not the college the child prefers. That type of heat can really put stress on a child that leads them to depression and failure.
One of the first steps in getting into college is good grades. This is something a child should be working on long before they are even thinking about which college they prefer to attend. When you are urging your children to do their homework and to do their best in school, remind them that getting into college may be important to them one day. They may or may not want to get a higher education, but encourage them to consider that this will be a possibility. The good grades will come in handy – even if they never go past the twelfth grade in high school.
Another important component of getting into college is having extra curricular activities. This could be sports or school clubs, but some colleges prefer students who have shown that they care about others and their own community. That means you may want to encourage your teenager to do volunteer work in a local hospital to help them with getting into college. There are all types of great volunteer things that they can do. Some like to work with children and others may want to make their town a better place by picking up litter, volunteering to upgrade a playground, or organizing community sports. These all look great on a college application.
If you are an adult worried about getting into college, know that things are a bit different for you. You have life experience behind you that may reflect on you more prominently than the grades you got in high school a few decades ago. What you have done with your career and your life will say a lot about you, so don’t leave anything out even if you think it might be insignificant. You also have an edge because you know more about yourself and what you want, and that will shine through on your application for college.