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So, with the commencement of 2017, there's a whole new crop of high school students around the world who are dreaming of going to their dream school in US for their higher studies. But as there are so many aspects of US College Application and Admission, they are often confused about where to start their journey. If you are one of those students, just take a deep breath, sit back, relax, and read this whole article and you'll find yourself in a better position.
Here, I'll try to cover almost every situation presently you might be in but if you feel I missed something or have questions about literally any aspect of US College Application and Admission, just punch it in the comments and I'll get back to you ASAP.
Grade 9 Students
If you're a high school freshman and feel that US Education is your path ahead, then you're right on time for the party! I mean literally, there's no better time to start working towards your ultimate goal-US Education.
So, the first thing you should do is know yourself. No, you heard it right, know yourself. Explore your interests and figure out what you want to do in your professional life. If you're not sure about your professional goals, try to at least determine the area of your professional interest (for example, Engineering, Performing Arts, Medical Science, Business Administration, etc.). If you are not sure about that too, then try to prioritize your interests. If you are feeling excited about finishing your high school and going to US for further studies and want to explore, then you can explore various universities which align with your possible field of study and your other interests. Basically, you can start a search for your dream school.
The second step is to choose a couple or two extracurricular activities and giving your best at them throughout high school. These interests may or may not align with your professional aspirations but follow your heart as it's what makes you different from others.Try to be the best in those activities because US universities look for the best!
Lastly and most important, Don't let your grades down!!! Also, you might wanna take a look at the sample standardized tests to give you a rough idea of what you are prepping for.
Grade 10 Students
If you realize about your US Education plans in the sophomore year, you still got a good amount of time to introspect and do everything that I recommended grade 9 students to do, just at a faster pace. List down all your grade 9 achievements and activities irrespective of the level of the achievement. Then decide which of those activities you still like and continue with them.
Now, it's high time for your standardized test preparation. So you have to make every moment count. Hold your grades high. If they drop in the freshmen year, then try to do better this time and you better have a reason for low GPA.
Grade 11 Students
By now, I'm hoping that you're all set for your Standardized Tests. Give your best shot. If you didn't score enough, don't worry. First try is always a warm up exercise. Try again in the summer of your senior year with the best possible preparation. Again, keep your grades above your head and continue you favorite activities.
Start your college application latest by the last trimester of your junior year. By now, you know your interests, have done a lot of activities, and won a lot of honors. So, now's the time to put it on your application. And don't worry, there's always room for last minute add-ons ;P
Grade 12 Students
By the summer of your senior year, you should be done with your Standardized Tests and Application. And now, just relax and send in your application. And don't worry, you can always update your application by emailing the university. Now the worst part is the long lonnnggggg WAIT...
After you wait is over and the decisions are out, you may wanna party for cementing a bright future for yourself by getting accepted in an awesome US university. But hey, don't forget that this acceptance is conditional and you still have to maintain your final grades before finally flying to US.
If you realize about your US Education dream in Junior or Senior year of high school, or you want to reappear for your Standardized Tests after the summer of your Senior Year, then you might have to take a gap year to catch up. But don't worry, you can still make yourself stand out by utilizing your gap year to the brim. Wait for my upcoming article to know more about Gap Year and how to make the most out of it.
This article was just a brief overview of how to plan things in high school. I'll give you detailed info on the topic through a series of articles. So subscribe and stay tuned for that.
So that's all for now guys, but stay tuned for more informative posts and expect a lot of amazing posts coming up really soon.