College Consulting Tips for All College Bound High School Students

Use the college consulting tips below to get into your dream college.

Challenge Yourself
Take advantage of the best your school has to offer. Don’t settle for the minimum requirement.

Focus On Academics
Grades count so get into the habit of studying hard for tests and doing every assignment on time. If you are having difficulty with a subject, talk to your counselor. He or she will have a list of tutors or teachers who will be able to help. And if you feel stuck while writing papers, master the tactics to banish writer’s block.

Get to Know Your Counselors
Don’t join the ranks of frustrated juniors and seniors who realize — too late — that they haven’t taken all of the required classes they need for college! From 9th to 12th grade, ask your counselors to recommend the most challenging classes you can handle. An experienced college counselor can be your most important advisor and advocate. Make sure to build a relationship as early as possible.

Find Your Passion: Extracurricular Activities
Take risks, try new activities, join after school clubs. Colleges pay attention to what you do outside of class, and whether you’ve taken any leadership roles. If your school doesn’t offer an activity you are interested in, show initiative and form a new club, if possible.

Start Your Informal Student Resume/Bio Early
Include independent academic projects, extracurricular activities, leadership roles, interests outside of school (e.g., athletics, performing and visual arts, jobs, community service, hobbies, travel) and special achievements. Use this for job applications, enrichment program application, and for references. Give an updated resume to your school counselor every year.

Create a Portfolio if you have any Special Talents or Hobbies to Present
Over your high school years, put together a digital portfolio, on a USB drive or other storage device, containing documents, videos, and other examples of your special talents or hobbies. You can also keep a physical portfolio in a large manila envelope. Examples include:

  • Footage of a sports event or drama performance
  • Website addresses or photographs of your artwork or exhibitions
  • Newspaper articles you’ve written or ones that have been written about you
  • Returned academic papers and tests with favorable grades and teacher’s comments

College Consulting Tips on How to Make an Impression
For classes, meetings or jobs; show up early, prepared and ready to participate. Give your teachers, school counselor, coach, or boss great things to say about you in their evaluations.

Request Your Transcript:
The last of these college consulting tips is to make sure to request your transcript. At the end of each school year, ask your school’s registrar for a copy of your transcript. Check it over carefully and have your counselor correct any errors.

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Yale Class of 2002

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Duke Class of 2013

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