As a high school senior, I remember feeling nervous about applying to colleges and wishing that there had been advice and insights from students that went to the schools I was interested in. Some of my nerves came from not knowing what the schools were looking for or from wondering how long the process would take. If that's you, too, click here for helpful tips and suggestions to help you through our Admissions Process.
Your senior year is truly one of the most important times of your life. You'll make some of the best memories, as well as some of the biggest decisions you've ever made before. In preparing for your last year of high school, know that the coming season is full of newness, but that the same God is by your side in all of it (Hebrews 13:8). As you look ahead & consider your faith, this blog is for you. Here are some eternal truths to remember & encouragements to cling to.
Juniors (& certainly seniors too!), it's that time in your high school career: the time in which you start looking at colleges for yourself. You sign up for more information from a couple schools, you visit the websites of a few others, & you attend a lunchtime meeting at school with a college representative. After all that, as well as after reading an informative pamphlet the representative handed you, you're left with a great sense of knowledge about a lot of different schools. But what about having a particular connection to a college?
First things first: you're about to be a senior! You've made it so far & now you have just one more year in high school, just one more year before you set out on a completely new path in life. Senior year can easily be your most fun year of high school yet, but it's also the only time left between you & college. So then, make the most of it & do everything you need to be prepared for an awesome college experience! To help you do just that, here is a list of pointers to guide you in the right direction:
After the last finals are completed & the term papers are turned in, the students of Mississippi College leave the comfort of campus & head off to do big things all over the world. Some slip on their Chaco's & head to camp, while others decide to work a new job or learn through an internship. There are even others who get passports & head across an ocean or down the continent to study abroad or do summer missions. A select few of us though are lucky enough to land the best summer gig (in my opinion). We get to stick around Clinton & party with all of you at orientation! Trust me, nothing could possibly be more fun!
So then, knowing that there are so many incredible colleges to choose from, how on earth do you get started with picking just one? That's a valid question & one that I asked myself more than once in my high school career. There are so many possibilities that it can be difficult to even begin looking for the right college fit. By the grace of God, I found my way to just the right place for me & today I'd like to share a few tips I picked up along my own college-search experience.
Reflection is a healthy part of growth in life. When we look back to our pasts & take a close look at who we used to be, not only do we see how far we've come but we can recognize the most important parts of the journey. Reflection allows us to learn from everything that life has either handed us politely or thrown quite forcefully at us. With that in mind, here are two of the Choctawk bloggers' takes on their high school selves in the form of letters.
So you want to go to college but you don't have a ideas for a major...well then, I've got a story for you.
Once upon a time there was a high schooler who needed to make a lot of big decisions & that freaked her out big time. Making life-altering choices such as choosing a college felt daunting when she had no idea what direction (literally or figuratively) she wanted to go in life. She felt like the unknown was far too close for comfort, & it overwhelmed the planner in her. While her doctor-aspiring friends were applying to colleges with the best pre-med programs & her future-architect-friends found schools suited to their needs, she felt as though she had nothing to go on at all in the college decision-making process. However, by the grace of God & the advice of a few people, she ended up at a school that she loves &, after some time, studying a subject she also loves.
College and scholarship essays can be incredibly stressful to write. It often feels as if so much rides on the words you pick to represent yourself in front of a committee. Why, let's be honest, it can feel as if your entire future rests in how well you can write an essay. We as writers, however, want to give you some advice to hopefully make this time less stressful.