Where To Begin Your College Search

By: AM (college admissions)

Hey internet. My name is AM. I’ve been a contributor here for some time now.

Being a rising senior, it is time to face what may be the biggest challenge in my life so far: the intimidating college applications.

I thought that I would document my effort to get into the hallowed leagues of Ivy for the benefit of all of the future me’s: the high school student who is completely undecided about his or her major while freaking out about college.

The first few posts will be about events that occurred about a week ago. From selecting the college list to hitting the “send” button on my online applications, I will document it all. This is my journey.

It’s that time again. Summer is in its last month. But, this time there’s a twist: college applications. After coming back from numerous camps at the end of July, I decided to start my college adventure.

As exciting as this sounds, I quickly realized that this was just frustrating. Not having an official list of colleges that I wanted to apply to or a major that I was committed to, I felt behind and unsure of my future. This being said, the first step was to begin researching some of the colleges I was interested in and think about what I want to do in life.

With my dad pressuring me to be a doctor, and my mom encouraging me to get a technical degree, this is not a walk in the park, as neither sound too appealing to me. But, after looking at majors that most colleges offer I decided on five very broad possible majors:

  1. Economics
  2. Political Science
  3. Business Programs
  4. Pre-Law
  5. Pre-Med

Hey, I mean, it’s a start.

Needing some advice on writing a strong app, I went to the library to get some books. Unfortunately, when I got there, it was closed. You can imagine the sound of my heart breaking. So, I continued to research colleges with the help of the CollegeBoard’s college tracker thingy. With the help of the CollegeBoard and the U.S. News and World Report’s college rankings, I developed an initial list of colleges. The problem was the list consisted of 22 names. Obviously, this had to be fixed. But, I was tired, so I opted to go hang out with my friends and blow some steam before catching some Zs.

Read more in Part 2 of our Getting Into College series.

 

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