What To Think About Now for Enrolling Next Semester

What To Think About Now for Enrolling Next Semester

What To Think About Now for Enrolling Next Semester

Aug 11, 2023

The end date for spring semester is on the horizon, and for high school seniors that means exciting things are coming, like graduation. However, for seniors ready to enroll in college, it also means that their first college semester is right around the corner. It is easy to become distracted by the graduation and summer plans, but there is a lot seniors should be thinking about before next semester begins.

Have you enrolled in classes?

It may seem months away, but it is important to put thought into what courses you will be taking. Did you check to make sure the classes will count towards your degree or certificate program? Each individual course typically will add to tuition costs, so it is important to make sure the classes you are taking will actually count towards your degree. If you are unsure, talk to your academic advisor at the college about degree requirements.

Moreover, if you are planning on transferring from community college to a four-year university, it is important for you to plan ahead. If you haven’t, work on narrowing down your transfer options to a few select schools. Then, look at their course catalogs and transfer programs to help determine which classes will be transferable to a four-year university.

Taking transferable classes can help decrease the cost and time for your bachelor’s degree at your transfer university. If you are unsure whether or not a class transfers, contact an admissions counselor at your transfer choice.

Have you filed financial aid?

Navigating financial aid can be a confusing and overwhelming process. Luckily, there are resources available that help break down types of financial aid. By this time, most students should have filed their FAFSA. However, if you have not filed your FAFSA report and need help navigating the process, Federal Student Aid has informational videos breaking down the process and what you need to complete the report.

In addition to your federal and state aid, do not overlook scholarships. Many colleges offer institutional scholarships automatically, but you may also be eligible for aid and scholarships given by local businesses and organizations, private sources, and more. If you are member of a high school honor society, such as the National Beta Club, you may be eligible to apply for scholarships through those programs. Look at your options. If you have any questions, reach out to your high school counselor for guidance and recommendations.

Have you explored campus clubs and organizations?

College offers opportunity beyond education. It is also an excellent time to get involved and learn leadership skills. Many colleges have a variety of clubs and organizations for students to participate in, so make sure to explore the organizations your college has to offer.

There will likely be opportunities for you to join organizations that align with your academic goals, so ask your academic advisor as these organizations will likely provide excellent networking opportunities. You will also have the opportunity to join clubs or organizations that align more with your personal interests. Don’t overlook these just because they are not academic-oriented. They still teach valuable skills. If you are interested in eventually joining an honor society like Phi Theta Kappa, it is also a good idea to check membership requirements to ensure that when the time comes, you will be extended an invitation to join.

Extracurricular organizations give you the chance to meet new people, forge connections, and expand your network. They also teach many soft skills that will help you professionally like collaboration, communication, leadership, time management, and more.

Do you know your way around campus?

Whether you are commuting or living on campus, it is a good idea to spend some time before classes start getting to know your campus. You don’t want to be late on your first day because you could not find the correct building or a place to park. Take a campus tour to get to know the different buildings and to get a feel for the campus. You will be spending a lot of time there.

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