Am I Behind in the College Selection Process?
I’m a high school senior, it’s January, and I haven’t decided on a college yet. Should I have already decided?
The short answer is “no.” You’re not behind because you haven’t DECIDED anything. It’s probably the norm to still be in that process, right now. Scholarship deadlines are just now hitting… You couldn’t even apply for financial aid until three weeks ago (at the earliest)… So at this point, many decisions still have yet to be made.
However, you are behind if you haven’t DONE anything yet! There’s a difference between thinking about college and actually taking action to try and figure out if you want to pursue one degree or another. There is much groundwork that should have been done so you can make your decision in the coming weeks.
If this is you, you’d better get moving! Take these steps right away:
Once all that is done, sit back and relax. You’re caught up… until tomorrow! Then you need to start working on housing applications, narrowing down your list, setting up enrollment dates...
The preparation doesn’t stop here, though! If you’re planning on getting a graduate degree, like a master of public health, then you’ll have to go through this process one more time since pursuing a career in the medical field is a little more tedious. The good news is that the financial burden will be lifted SIGNIFICANTLY if you apply for as a medical assistant. This involves teaching a few classes part time, and it can seriously help you out with loans. Remember that you need to apply even earlier if you’re going this route, so it’s good practice to get used to the process as early as you can.
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