American Fork, UT (PRWEB) February 26, 2014
Brittany Stoker is the senior editor at TotalEdit.com and has recently addressed five important things that high school students should be doing in order to prepare for education at an accredited college or university.
1. Practice writing. A college education is meant to prepare students for the workplace, and statistics have shown for a number of years that writing skill is one of the primary indicators of a person’s employability. Therefore, if students want to eventually be successful in a career, they need to be successful college students, meaning their practice should begin in high school.
“While all of the school subjects are important, there is one significant reason why part of the college application is a writing test,” Stoker noted. “Make no mistake about it. An admissions essay is a writing test and nothing more.” Students who need help on their writing might consider taking advantage of one of the many academic editing and English editing services available to make sure their writing is quality enough to get them admitted to college.
2. Take AP credit and concurrent enrollment courses. Nothing will prepare a high school student for college more than taking advanced placement (AP) and concurrent enrollment classes in high school. Many college and university cities will have concurrent enrollment courses available, which students can take to get college credit and therefore get a head start ahead of their peers in college. AP courses do the same thing, and many students can use AP credit and concurrent enrollment courses during high school to advance further in their college education, or even receive their associate’s degrees by the time they have graduated from high school. Services such as TotalEdit.com have been providing academic editing and proofreading services to high school students in AP courses for years.
3. Actively participate in clubs and extracurricular activities. Colleges and universities want proactive students. They want students who will be involved and take a proactive approach to their education. The best thing that students can do for their college applications is to take an active role in clubs and extracurricular activities. The more active students are in these high school clubs and organizations, the more likely they are to have leadership roles in these same units, and that is going to look much more impressive on a college application than a student who either was not in clubs, and has no leadership experience prior to college.
4. Visit college fairs and colleges. Stoker has noted that many students neglect to visit the schools to which they are applying, or even to attend any college fairs. Every high school in the country is going to have at least one college fair for junior and senior high school students during the academic year, and students who tap into these events are better able to get their foot in the door at their intended school than their peers are. “A lot of students really think of college fair day as the day they can just ditch their classes,” Stoker notes. “But they are really handicapping themselves by not attending college fairs or taking campus tours of universities and colleges beforehand. College and university administrators are much more likely to grant scholarship opportunities and admission to those students with whom they may have met personally or have demonstrated an active interest in their institution.”
5. Keep track of deadlines. The road to higher education is paved with deadlines. Missing a deadline along the way could cost a student a lucrative scholarship or may make the difference between getting into the college of their choice and waiting a year to apply again. Students should make sure that they are able to keep track of all deadlines for each college that they hope to apply to in order to have the best chance.
"Getting into college is a matter of work, commitment, and organization. Students will have the best chance if they position themselves as excellent writers, stay organized and detail-oriented, get involved, and give themselves a head start with advanced placement and concurrent enrollment courses."