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College & University

~*Calling Class of 2012 & College Applicants!*~

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Posted: 17 August 2011 at 8:01pm | IP Logged

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How many of us our college bound?
I'm sure many of us are going to be/already are seniors in high school.
Well guess what!? You're not alone! So am I! And probably a bunch of others on India-Forums.
So why am I here?
To let you know that I used to be scared just like you about the big "Will I get In" question.
But, I soon realized that there is so much to consider.
I will take you through the process!
But first, to support, please use the Senior '12 College Bound Siggy:

Edited by Sweetu.Baby - 28 August 2011 at 5:07pm

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It is important that the college you choose is what matches your needs. You aren't going for your parents. It will be YOU that will be communting(Travelling to college and back home on a daily basis) or dorming(Staying at college). Therefore, you must be comfortable with everything around. Here is what you should consider in choosing a college right for you:

- Is the college a good location? Not too far from home? If so, is there enough stores, etc for you you outside of campus?

- What about the size? Is the student facility a size that fits you? Is it too much or too little?

- Do a little research. Are the professors helpful out of class? Or do they only care during class and ignore you otherwise?

- This is probably a big one - Does it have the program YOU want? Does it provide the degree you need? (B.A., B.S., etc)

- Any interesting dual degree program that might help you save money(A Dual Degree program provides you two degrees in shorter time. For example, a school I am applying to offers me a chance to get my BA and MA in just 5 years)

- Can you afford it? Being able to pay for college is a very big deal!

- Does it have the food you need? Espically if your dorming! I mean, of course the daily meal of roti and shaak will be missed Big smile

- Here is a website where students review the school, and talk about how good everything is:

I'm sure the applications are the most annoying things ever. I mean, they ask you for your life information Sleepy But, there is nothing you can do about it. Lets talk about this dreadful process Smile

- LOOK OVER EVERYTHING. I REALLY MEAN EVERYTHING. One little mistake and POOF your in trouble. Misspell your name by a letter, or type the wrong zip code by a number, your application gets held back and then you can have fin clearing out that big mess. Not a good impression on the admission office right?

- Let me first talk about the Common App. The common app is an application, that over 400 colleges is members with. This application allows you to add the school that are members, fill out one application, upload one essay, and send to all the colleges you picked. Only payments and supplements are done individually, within the Application. This makes it easier. If 6 of the schools your applying to accept the Commonapp, then all you do is fill out one and send it to all six school!

- Check deadlines! When you must send everything in by is very important!

- Applying online? WRITE. DOWN. YOUR. USERNAME. AND. PASSWORD. WRITE!! IT!! DOWN!! Enough Said!

- Sending in SAT and ACT scores? Do note down it costs 10 dollars, and takes about a week.

- Remember Early Decision and Early Action:

The school you choose as an early decision will notify you if your accepted or not. If you are, all other applications get cancelled, and you are REQUIRED to attend that school. Early Action just means your basically sending in stuff early. Early Action can be applied to more than 1 school, and attending isn't mandatory. 

- DON'T LIE. Stating you get an income of $100 won't mean you will get money. They know the truth. THEY KNOW

- Research Scholarships on the school website, as they might be asked if you want to be considered for them.

- The Common App Website is:

- Its okay if you screwed up on your SATs. Colleges look at other things, like grades, community service, etc.

- Apply for financial aid. Almost at least 80% will receive money from the gov't for college

- Don't be stupid, and apply to one college.

- Apply to the jokey schools just in case. If you got a 2100 on your SAT, and a college takes student that get at least a 1550, apply there, just in case.

- Visit the colleges your applying to. Trust me, it helps a lot deciding whether or not you REALLY wanna go there!

Edited by Sweetu.Baby - 28 August 2011 at 4:43pm

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Posted: 25 August 2011 at 3:26pm | IP Logged

*Please PM me any other questions you have that are not here, and check back within 24 hours. your question, along with the answer will be here*

1.) How many colleges should I apply to?
- Most people will say about 4-5. Never apply to just ONE college. But, honestly, there is no maximum or minimum number. I already have a list of 10 colleges. And as I said, most of them might be on the Common App, so your basically filling out one application while applying to about 3-7 colleges!

2.) My mom wants me to go to ___ college, but I want to attend another college. What can I do?
- Your not alove my dear friend. Me, including others go through this. Try explaining to your mom its your education. If they can't afford it then tell them your guaranteed to get financial aid and scholarships - which you are! It's important to understand that your education must fit your needs!

Questions updated on8/28/11

Edited by Sweetu.Baby - 28 August 2011 at 4:59pm

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-Shankar- IF-Rockerz

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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 12:42pm | IP Logged
Great topic!
Good luck to all who are applying and those who are starting college. 
Wish u the best of luck! Take care... =]

Edited by -Shankar- - 31 August 2011 at 12:42pm

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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 1:04pm | IP Logged
awesome topic Tongue

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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 2:56pm | IP Logged
Haha Sweetu nice post. I'm posting here, but I'm not a senior in high school. I'm more of a junior in college! LOL So I've already been through it all. But I thought I'd put in a few words for rising freshman in college. :)

The application process may seem intriguing at first. But it really isn't as bad as most people think it is. You just need to set aside an hour or two for each college you decide to apply to and go through the, in most cases, ONLINE application forms.

I know there is a lot of parent pressure when it comes to going to college. Most desi parents prefer their kids to stay close to home. Let's just say that the choice should be yours & only YOURS. Of course your parents are there to guide you, but you should be happy with the college you decide to go to! You parents can't chose for you (although mine have and trust me it ain't fun). Also its HIGHLY recommended to NOT go to a college close to home. And I'm only talking from personal experience. If you want independence and just want to get out there and do something of your own, go to college away from home. Because it becomes hard to do this by yourself when you go to college from home. Also another good idea is if you're having financial issues start out with community college and then work your way to a 4 year college. The college that matters is the college you graduate from, not the college you attended the first two years! But you chose chose your college based on your intended major as most colleges have their specialty. Like for example in Virginia, Virginia Tech is known for engineering, George Mason is known for Business, Virginia Commonwealth University is known for science (pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, etc track) & arts majors, University of Virginia is known for medical. Of course that doesn't mean those colleges only offer those programs. Just means they are the BEST programs at the college. So chose a college that BEST matches your needs.

The most important thing is to KNOW about the college/university you chose. Don't just go there because your friends do. Do a lot of research on what you'll find there not only education wise, but also the social life there.

If any on you have any questions about college feel free to ask, and I'll gladly help. Good luck to all of you rising seniors or rising freshman in college. I'm sure you'll have a wonderful 4 years in college. All the best. :)

Edited by Cutiepie Rani - 31 August 2011 at 2:59pm

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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 3:26pm | IP Logged

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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 3:37pm | IP Logged
haha.. well I am gonna be college bound in 2012 hopefully... but to graduate school! 
and that application process is a whole different ball park! lol... nice post though :D

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