By: William Chuang
At a young age, everyones’ dream college is to attend Harvard University in Massachusetts or Princeton. Those dreams however wear down along with your GPA. After this stage, most people know they won’t get into their dream college simply because they’re not very bright at a subject or their not taking enough AP Classes. However though, college admission deans will always want more of something and less of another.
Your GPA (Grade Point Average) determines the standards you have on your report card. An A in regular classes is 4 points while a B is three and so forth. However though, if you take sufficient AP classes, your GPA can go above a 4.00 because A’s in those classes are worth five points while B’s are four and so forth. This is probably the only time that having not as well an excellent grade is eligible. This doesn’t mean that you should get C’s and not so much try for the A’s. The reason for this is because, colleges want to see students who have extra-curricular activity. Not someone who has their face in a book all day. The reason for this is having a 4.0 and higher GPA isn’t that special. Many students around the United States have Gpa’s as high or higher than yours. You also have competition because some have them might have more extracurriculars than you.
With the options of extra-curricular, you are able to choose from a wide range of options such as clubs, speech and debate, and volunteering. Now the logical idea is to change and do as many extracurriculars as you can. However though, colleges like it if you stay in a certain club or do a certain activity all 4 years to pertain like 2 new ones every single year. From this understanding, colleges know you’re dedicated to what you do and are far more likely to accept rather than one who changes every year for any unorthodox reason. Colleges like seeing leadership skills in these clubs, as well as an active participant. If you take multiple languages, indulge in sports, and have some volunteering hours; you will be much more desirable to a college than someone who took less than you. Though colleges don’t only look at grades, it’s still important to keep them above the standard the colleges have set for application acceptance.
There are some extra tests that determine academic performance which colleges really look at to try and get to know you better. Now grades may not mean all the world but the questions on these tests are approved by the College Board. Perhaps the infamous of these is the SAT’s (Scholastic Aptitude Test) which includes the two key subjects, math and english, as well as an essay. Out of 2400 points, the SAT covers critical thinking standards as well as some simple math if you focused in class up to ninth grade. Other tests like the SAT II’s which test world language, and the ACT’s which is just a much smaller version of the SAT, also build up your reputation to a college. Like any other tests, these aren’t that different. They all have a point about your skill and determine placement for college as they tests are not held by your biased teacher or any other unfair reason where it might show that you’re more or less than what you really are.
The last and probably the only reason you need to build up on before high school is who you are. Are you passionate about things or are you creative. These factors show the colleges that you different than the other students applying and they’ll more likely want to get to know you or interview you. You need to be industrious and use every single moment you can get toward that one goal you seek. Colleges like seeing people who created their own tutoring program or help made something to advance technology taking the world one step forward. This goal is different for everyone else but I’m sure that after you’ve achieved it, you’ll feel proud of what you’ve done. You can necessarily call these extra-curriculars but these show what you like to do most of the time, not something that was an option during lunch-time.
Junior year is probably when you start receiving mail from random colleges telling you to apply to their college. At first they seem promising but all they want is about ninety-dollars from your credit card once you’ve submitted an application. If they accept is still based on your skills and such. When you get invitations from large colleges like MIT and Brown, they don’t really want you. They just discovered you on a list and mail you a brochure-type invitation so you’ll think they want you which in turn, they really don’t. Just apply to the colleges you want to and don’t listen to outside influences if those aren’t what you’re looking for.
If you’ve just started high school, or even approaching the end, college is the right place to go. it’s a better choice mainly because a person’s view of you will be better, your reputation is on par with many people, and you have some extra knowledge. If you’re not satisfied with yourself, then colleges probably won’t be satisfied with you. Use every moment you have to get closer to the goal college you have. Then all you’ll have to do is make a collage about your college life.