Your application for college requires building a strong profile from grade 9-12. This is the key to helping you connect to the appropriate university or college, and gain acceptance. Here are some of the most important factors to consider during your academic journey:
Your grades should reflect your academic skills, and ideally show an upward trend.
Beyond anything else, your academic record will be the staple to your application. From grade 9 onward, schools are looking at a student’s academic performance. This means your grades should reflect your academic skills, and ideally show an upward trend (or at least not a decline) as you go through the curriculum. You may want to consider taking AP or honors level classes. Even if you receive a slightly lower grade, proving to your school that you are capable of handling intense academic work can do wonders for your application. Only undertake this if you are up to the challenge! Furthermore, be sure to check on school requirements for your intended major early on. You don’t want to reach grade 11 and find out you are missing a class that is required by your college of choice. Start researching academic requirements early and be prepared.
Test Scores and Essays
School entry requirements may vary, but most will require writing tests (SAT/ACT/UKCAT/LNAT) or essays, sometimes both! This should be taken seriously. When the time comes to write essays and prepare for tests, this is your way to stand out and make sure your application is considered. Your essays and exam scores will also help to reflect your readiness for college level academic work, and can even boost your application so that you become eligible for more scholarship opportunities. Don’t shy away from these tests, the more practice, the better your scores will be.
These will help add color and dimension to your application.
Luckily at most schools there are hundreds of ways to be involved. Some may be at school, but you may also choose to pursue opportunities off campus. Universities want to see your talents outside of the classroom. They also want to see your initiative in pursuing these passions. This can range from spearheading community service projects, leading clubs, or participating in internships and summer jobs. What do you like to do in your free time? Art, music, travel? Show your college or university who you are outside of the classroom, and this will help add color and dimension to your application.
School counselors, along with teachers, will be providing recommendation letters for you. These are the people who you will be interacting with at school, so show them from day one that you are worthy of a good recommendation letter. Just as you have opinions about your teachers and school staff, they also watch you as you grow and develop. The more good things you give them to say about you with your actions, the better your recommendations will be. Go to school everyday with the intention to impress, and the faculty will have nothing but rave reviews for you when the time comes to submit their letters.