28 Sep Seven tips for finding the right college for you
So, you’re going to graduate and don’t know what to do next. Our college counselling team have some priceless advice for finding the right place for you to continue your educational journey.
Don’t give up on your dreams. Whatever your vision for the future, there’s a further education course out there to suit you. So whether you want to study mathematics, engineering, the comedic arts, or surf science and technology, somewhere in the world there’s likely to be something that’s right for you. Have the right attitude, put in the work, and you could join the many thousands of students globally who get the college placement of their dreams.
But be realistic in your expectations. Our goal is to help you have a pathway after graduation. With thousands of students applying for positions at a limited number of schools, we want to make sure that you find several options that fit you as a student and as a person. So keep your dream school, but keep an open mind to other programmes that are just as exciting.
You’re so much more than just your grades. While your academics will always be the first thing universities consider, they also want to know that you’re a well-rounded individual. They want to see that you have interests outside the classroom and are really going to contribute to their community. So, whether that’s drama, sport or community engagement, make the most of what you’ve already achieved beyond the academic sphere, as well as taking the opportunities Woodstock affords you.
Consider how your everyday life connects to your bigger goals. Getting into university can seem like a huge goal, but by breaking it down into smaller, achievable goals, you’ll find that getting into university is just as doable. For example, by doing the reading for English class, you’re not only on track to do your work for class; you’re expanding your vocabulary and helping your writing skills. Reading is the best way to increase your Reading & Writing score on the SAT – which in turn can help you reach your college goals. So think backwards, and connect your dreams to your everyday life.
Don’t leave it to the last minute. We know, you’re juggling an intense schedule of schoolwork. That big basketball game/football match/cross-country meet is coming up, that series on Netflix is just so compelling, not to mention your social life. But no one else is going to do this for you and the longer you leave it, the less time you’ll have to influence something that’s going to have a huge impact on you for the next few years.
Make the most of the resources available to you. And in the case of finding the right college, we mean us. We’re experts in helping you find the course and college that’s right for you, and have helped thousands of students to do just that. You’re not alone and we’re a dedicated resource committed to helping you achieve your potential. So, come and talk to us, and do it sooner rather than later. Come along to the college fairs and find out all the options that are available to you. Your teachers and other staff will be more than happy to share their experience and advice too.
College isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning. So, you’ve got into the college of your dreams, but that doesn’t mean you can stand still. In fact, if you want to make the most of your opportunity, you’re going to have to take everything you’ve learned here and put it into practice in the next stage of your learning journey. Relish the college experience, but with the realisation that it’s just the next step.
Swati Shrestha, College Counselor