Ready to graduate?

By:Austin Hazen

Taking the SAT is a very important part of getting into college. Photo courtesy of Google images

How many of you students are ready to graduate? Well, I know I sure am. As much fun as school is, I’m ready to get on with college. Now there are many requirements and procedures you have to go through before you can get to college. Many students plan on going to college after they finish high school. Getting good grades in high school is good to do, but it’s not all you need to get to college.

First, you need to take classes throughout all four years that shadow the kind of career you plan on doing. There is also an IGP meeting that you and your parents attend with guidance counselor about your plans after high school. You also have to take the SAT/ACT to get into most colleges, excluding some technical colleges. The first time you take it, you will probably be nervous. Don’t consider your first score as your best; you might need to take it more than one time to get a true score. Also, your GPA is one of the things about which you need to worry about, because colleges look at your GPA as one of the factors in your acceptance.

Almost all applications for colleges are online and are no longer in paper form. Now there is an application that is supposed to be a little easier to use. It is the common application, where students fill in information one time, and it is sent to all of the school to which they are applying.

Want to go to college, but don’t have the money you need to pay for it? You’re not alone; there are many students that go through the process of filing a FAFSA, which is what you have to fill out in order to qualify for the Financial Aid. If you play a sport, you could get a scholarship that will pay for all of your college costs. Now if you get good grades, you could also get the LIFE scholarship, which is 5,000 dollars each year. To get the LIFE scholarship, you need to have a 3.0 GPA; the higher your GPA is the better scholarship you are prone to get.

So, keep this information in mind.  Whether you’re a senior or a freshman, it will come in handy. Graduation will come sooner than you think, seniors, so make sure that you complete all of the things you need to do and that you’re not left out on one of the biggest events of your lifetime.


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