I've been hearing a lot about people that have already gotten into IU (congrats to all of you!), but I know there are still a lot of people who haven't even started applying or even looking into the type of college they want to go to. I was the overachiever student who had an idea of the schools that I was applying to by the middle of junior year. And I would hear my friends wish that they had guidance to make their college decisions, so I've dedicated this entire post to those kids who may still be questioning what is going to happen after senior year.
As you're filling out college applications, every person you know that already went through college will be giving you A TON of advice about college, but from my past experience of the college application process, those people are leaving out vital information and that is why I made a list of 5 Things No One Will Tell You About Applying to College.
Yes, even though you and your friends have been "besties" for as long as you can remember, applying to college can hurt even the best friendship. Some of you may stress out about the process while others don’t, one of you may get into your dream school and another doesn’t, and you may be able to pay for college even though your friend can’t. A number of situations like these can affect a friendship, and honestly, some friendships end when high school does.
As you’re applying to colleges, make sure you and your friends agree to be supportive of each other, no matter what happens. And if you do get into an argument over schools, talk to each other about it.
If you’re in a relationship, talk to your boyfriend about what colleges you’re applying to. What will happen to your relationship if you get into a school that he doesn’t, or vice versa? Communication is key during the college admissions process. If you and those close to you can get through the college application process, as well as the actual transition to college, then you can pretty much survive anything.
While who’s popular, who’s a braniac, and so on may dominate most of your thoughts in high school, you should know these labels stop after graduation. Why is it important to know this as you’re applying to college? Because you shouldn’t feel like you have to compete with your classmates to get into the best schools. I know a girl here at IU that said her classmates were disappointed in her because she had chosen to go to IU instead of the higher ranked school she got into. If you apply to schools that not many people have heard of or ones that are labeled as “easy” to get into, be proud of that. Going to college is a great achievement no matter what school it is. Just because others may not see what’s so great about a school doesn’t mean it isn’t the best place for you.
So you’ve applied to IU, BSU, OSU, even Purdue (I don’t know why) and you’re bound to get into one, right? Not necessarily. No matter how high your GPA is, always apply to a few safety schools in case those schools send rejection letters. And by a few, I don’t mean just one, you aren’t guaranteed a spot at a safety school, either. Apply to two or three safety schools just to be safe, but don’t apply to the first three you can think of, do some research to find safety schools you like and could see yourself attending. Even if these schools aren’t your dream schools, it’s better to have them to fall back on than to have nowhere to go.
After you’ve applied, your grades don’t matter anymore … right? Wrong! You may think you deserve to skip Biology or not read for English, but you need to keep your grades up after you’ve applied. I know a guy who has worked so hard the first 3 years of high school, got into Georgia Tech and decided to blow off senior year, got mostly C’s (compared to his all A’s every other year) and GT told him that he wasn’t the student they thought he was and rescinded his acceptance. I've also known people who have made D's in their senior year classes and were told at orientation that they were going to be put on university academic probation! So while it can be difficult to keep up the motivation in the face of senioritis, but I promise it’s worth it.
As we said, the one thing people will tell you over and over again as you’re applying to schools is what college you should go to. While this advice can be helpful and make you look into a school you otherwise wouldn’t have, remember to apply to and choose the school you love the most. You are the one who will be attending this school for the next four years; so make sure you love it. It can be easy to say you will do this, but it can be harder to do once acceptance letters arrive. No matter what people tell you, your opinion is the one that matters the most. Shut everyone and all of their expectations out when it comes time to make a decision.