"OH, MY GAWD... WE'RE SENIORS!" a classmate yelled out in disbelief as our first day of senior year came to a close. And a week later it is still a bit of a challenge getting used to being the highest grade in the school. I keep expecting to see students from last year's graduating class in the hallways, in classes, and in the cafeteria.
This is the year that many students will be thinking about, planning for, and applying to colleges. Students should be making a list of colleges to apply to, scheduling campus visits, filling out paperwork for financial aid and scholarships, and filling out applications.
College fairs are a great way to start your list of colleges to check out. You can meet representatives from colleges, ask questions, and get a general idea of what the school is all about. You have to decide early on about what kind of college you are looking for. Think about what is important to you- the size of the school, the student/professor ratio, and most importantly the cost and location. I always ask about how big the college is and where it is located, because I don't want a very big school like UMASS or a location like New York City. If the school has what you want, definitely ask for more information by either e-mail or post. If nothing about the college really appeals to you don't ask for more information, because you will be getting a lot of mail that you will just end up throwing out or deleting anyway. I receive on average ten pieces of mail from different colleges a week that I didn't ask for more information.