Preparing For College Essay

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Many high school graduates are often unprepared for college. That's because not all public high schools take enough time toprepare for college their juniors and seniors for what lies ahead. Instead students are force to focus primarily on GPA,SAT, ACT scores and anything else that will improve their chances of getting into their college or university of choice. It doesn't help to get into college and then flunk most of their classes the first semester. Depending on the school, having just one 'F' can do a lot of damage. It causes a ripple effect that can ultimately prevent students from getting the internship they want or being eligible to take a class they need. If you're a high school student who's about to go off to college there are several things you can do to make sure you're well prepared. The first thing to do, in preparing for college, is to apply for as many scholarships as you can get your hands on. Don't think about scholarships as only academic or sports related, there are scholarships that are granted to students for just being tall, short, Asian, Hispanic, etc. In Texas, scholarships are granted to high school students who graduate early even if it's only by six months. So if you're a junior or a senior and this idea appeals to you, talk to your guidance counselor about working out a schedule that will allow you to graduate six months to a year early. Another thing to remember is to apply for financial aid, the sooner you apply the more money you are likely to receive. Financial aid and scholarships are all free money, money you don't have to worry about paying back. The last thing you want to be is knee deep in debt. Another way to save money is to sign up for Advance Placement (AP) exams. If you've been taking AP classes in school you should already be prepared for these exams. The point of AP exams is to offer high school students a chance to
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