By Rebecca Hosier
As Red Lion’s Class of 2014 prepares to graduate, many students are faced with the difficulty of what to do next. Spring is a time of high stress for seniors everywhere. Whether they are going away to college, commuting to a local school, or attending a technical school there are things every student must do to be prepared.
1. Always have a back up
There is nothing more disheartening than not getting into your first choice school. But it is not the end of the world. It is important for students to have backup schools. Even if accepted into multiple colleges, students should have a variety of schools and programs to choose from. A larger range of schools to choose from can make sure that the student chooses the school that is right for them.
2. Apply for as many scholarships as possible
According to Collegeboard.com tuition has risen 2.9% this year. Future college students should counter this by applying to as many scholarships as they can. Not many families can afford to send their children to college out of pocket. Scholarships should be used to lessen the amount of loans and debt for the parents and students.
3. Visit Colleges
It is important to visit the college that one is planning on attending. Most schools offer open houses on the weekends and will work with students and parents to set up tours during the week. When one is going to spend tens of thousands of dollars to attend a college, it is always a good idea to be comfortable with the college and make sure it is truly the one that one wants to attend.
4. Know the requirements to apply
Every college and university has different requirements to get in. The students should know what their college asks for. Make sure that all transcripts and test scores get to the right school before the deadlines.