It’s here. You are in midst of a time in your life that you have only thought about for the last four years. As a freshman, you muddled your way through halls, trying to adjust to a new place. As a sophomore, you were adjusted to your surroundings, trying to find your place. As a junior, you could not wait until next year when you would be that senior that you were so envious of. Now, here you are, your senior year.
As quickly as it has happened and as much as you are enjoying it – the inevitable “what’s next?” question looms large on the front of your mind and on the tongues of friends, family, teachers and everyone else in your life. As the holidays loom, so does the inevitable realization that you are on the downhill slide of your senior year. Homecoming, fall senior night and the majority of your first semester have come and gone. Soon everything that you hear about will be preparation for the next phase of your life – college.
You have thought about it, have plans in mind, maybe you have even applied to a college or two; but the fact of the matter is that the next time you blink it will be spring. This means that it is time for you to truly consider what happens after you walk across that stage. For whatever you have done so far, the purpose of this blog is to explain what you need to be doing now to get to that next big phase in your life.
Choosing a college can be difficult. Considering your goals, how long you want to be in school, what field you want to study and what types of careers await you after graduation are big things to consider. Hopefully, at this point you have visited the colleges on your short list. If you have not, set those visits up immediately. Contact the admissions office of the colleges you are considering and get started!
Secondly, don’t assume that scholarships will wait for you. Deadlines happen throughout the year and many scholarships have already been decided. Apply for the college specific scholarships now. West Virginia Junior College has already had multiple scholarship deadlines come and go at this point. Additionally, seek out the millions of scholarships that are available for you locally and online. The only way to receive scholarships is to apply for them!
After Christmas, you will begin to hear about the financial aid process and the deadlines that are associated. This happens quickly and missing the deadlines could cause you to miss out on grant money (that is the free stuff). Follow these guidelines and seek out the help that is there for you through colleges like WVJC.
Once your visits are completed, plans finalized, financial aid applications completed and the scholarships are applied for; you will be able to sit back and relax knowing that you are ready for the next phase of your life.
The great part about all of this is that you do not have to do it alone. Contact us today to find out how we can help you with your post-secondary college plans to make sure that you have a great career! Great life!
For more information on graduation rates, median debt of students who have completed their programs, and other important information, please visit our website at www.wvjc.edu/mgtnprograms. Our programs are equal opportunity employer/programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.