6 Tips for Those of You Planning for College

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    Planning for College!

    It’s that time of year again! Students like you all around the USA are gearing up to start another year of school and will be planning for college. I remePlanning for collegember it like it was yesterday. The cover picture was me when I was your age. Man how time flies!

    For many of you, this will be your last year as high school students. It will be a year full of many emotions and uncertainty about your future. Homecoming, Homecoming Week, Prom, Senior Night, visualizing graduation ceremony, worrying about passing all of your classes… and the list goes on and on of all the many activities and thoughts you will have your last year in high school. There is simply so much to do and be a part of and so little time to do it.

    If all that wasn’t enough, you have lots of planning for college to do. Let’s face it; senior year is jammed packed. So, you must not wait to the last minute to plan for college?

    Planning for College, 6 Tips to Keep You from being Overwhelmed

    The key to your success, without being overwhelmed, is to start planning for your last day of high school on the first day of high school. Here are 6 tips that will help you experience all the joys of being a senior yet successfully planning for college without getting overwhelmed.

    1. Get Organized: Organization is an arch nemesis of many seniors. So balancing school work, jobs, extracurricular activities and college planning is tough, but a must. I suggest identifying organization strategies that work well for you. There are a ton of tools and strategies out there. The key is finding the most effective for you and make it your own.

    You can find a list of apps that assist in organization compiled by the National Center for Learning Disabilities in an article titled Apps for Students with LD: Organization and Study.

    1. Identify at least 3 Schools: Attending the right school is extremely important. Not all school are created equal, especially considering the amount and type of services and supports for students with learning differences the school may offer. You should select at least 3 schools. When you select these schools, keep in mind your strengths and weaknesses and whether or not the school can successfully support your weaknesses. Make sure you visit (if possible) the schools and select your choice before first semester ends.
    2. Look for Scholarships: I think most people will be shocked to know how many scholarships there are out there for students with learning differences. For so long, many of us have been unsuccessful in finding a well complied list of scholarships. Not anymore!! I recently came across the website, Disability Scholarships. It has a great list of scholarships for students with learning differences as well as those with physical disabilities. Check it out! You never know, you just might find something.
    3. Write Essays: You can count on every school and scholarship requesting some type of written essay. That is a given. I suggest taking a few weeks at the beginning of the school year and draft several common essays frequently required by colleges. In addition, I would also write an essay discussing your strengths and weaknesses and you’re your weaknesses impact your overall learning. If you aren’t comfortable talking about your learning difference, you should make the effort to become comfortable. In order for you to get any assistance in college you will has to be able to article your needs yourself. Being proactive in this area- in general- is very necessary.
    1. Ask for Letters of Recommendation: Just as you can count on having to write an essay, you will have to provide letters of recommendations. The letters will need to come from your teachers, administers, family friends and even your boss. With all seniors needing these letters, it’s good to select now who you would like to write your recommendation. Your next step will be to actually ask that person if they can give you a good recommendation. These people will appreciate not being asked at the last minute, so I suggest getting that done now.
    2. Review Records: If you plan to self-identify (I hope you are) for the purpose of receiving accommodations in post-secondary education your psychological will need to be updated within 3 years. Even if your psychological report is within three years, I still suggest getting a re-evaluation. Talk to your parents and teacher about this as soon as possible.

    Your senior year will go by really fast, make sure you are prepared for what lays ahead by being proactive. Here’s to a new year and planning to attend college!

    I thought you guys would get a kick out of this throwback. It’s my senior pic. Keep an eye out for the next blog post where I will walk you through each of the 6 steps so you can be worry free. Blessings!

    Planning for College

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