It’s almost winter and for seniors and some juniors this means its time to get thinking about the future and for some, college. College is not something that should be last minute.

College may be a scary thought. Harder classes, tuition, living away from parents and finding new friends. However it also means some freedom.

For juniors, you may think it is too early to look into colleges. Talk to your parents about it and do some research into what schools have a program that you would be interested in. There are 4,140 different colleges and universities so go out and explore!

When looking into a college you need to consider size, programs, scholarships available, activities offered, and greek life if that is of interest to you. Doing a little digging on the school’s website is helpful but going on a tour or attending a visit day is most helpful because you get to interact with current students and faculty to get all your questions answered. Also, you can get a feel for the campus and you may get the feeling of this is the one or the feeling that it is not right for you.

One more thing to think about for juniors is taking the ACT or SAT. If you are planning on attending any 4 year school, it is necessary that you take one of these two tests. Both are accepted all over the country however the ACT is more used in the Midwest.

For seniors, it’s go time. By now or soon the ACT or SAT tests should be done. Also it’s a good time to apply for colleges. Apply for multiple schools early. For some schools, the earlier you apply the better housing options you will have and we all know college dorms aren’t that great but you have to find the best fit for you in those 2 or 4 years.

Also look into scholarships and filing the FAFSA. They will be your friend. The more money you can save the better off you will be. Once you do that, most schools will make a decision on you and your admission to the school. After that it’s time to make a decision for yourself based on the best financial aid packages and best fit.

I hope all of you are on the search for where you will be making your home for 2 or 4 years. Like I said before, when it feels like home, that’s the one. If you have any questions, I encourage you to talk to your counselors.

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