Thursday, October 10, 2013

College Talk: Your Backup Plan

You have dreamed of attending ABC University your whole life! Ever moment of this time, you have planned all aspects of your college experience--including the list of friends you will call when you finally get your letter. Your best case scenario includes an acceptance from this college that will make all the others disappear. 

Others? 

Yes! Don't limit yourself to one college. You need to apply to multiple colleges to ensure you are going to continue your education after you get your high school diploma. By the time you are wait listed or worse not admitted to your first choice school, it will be too late to apply to more choices. So, cover all your bases and apply to at least three schools including your local state university. If you want to go to UCLA, apply to other schools like CSU Monterrey Bay or San Marcos as well. 

It's great to have positive thoughts. It's better to have options. If you need financial assistance to pay the fees associated with college applications, see your guidance counselor. Even though it may seem like a large investment in the beginning, getting your application to multiple schools will help you make the decision down the road.

If you get into your choice school, financing may keep you from attending. So, having an alternative plan may be more feasible. Keep reading my blog for more college information regarding financial aid, grants, and applying for scholarships.

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19 comments:

  1. Thanks for reading my blog! Have a great day!

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  2. We know a few people who banked on a certain school, only to get denied.. they had to wait 2 years and pick their grades up before they eventually got in.

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    1. It happens to lots of kids! Sometimes, you can't get into the classes you need to get into a four year school in those two years... sometimes it takes 5 or 6 semesters.

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  3. When my son wanted to become a college professor, he applied to 5 universities. 4 rejected his app, but the last one awarded him with a great package! It is important to persevere! Especially when competing with so many for an education!

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  4. I couldn't agree more. It's getting harder and harder and even though some don't have the perfect grades, they can still pull it out in college. I wish more were given this opportunity to prove it.

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    1. I agree Jim... I think when kids get to college they can shine and start their GPA over.

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  5. We are in this process now and that's what I'm telling my daughter. She doesn't like big schools, so our options are smaller.

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    1. Even at the larger colleges, they have smaller class sizes. At UCLA they have small seminars with 10 students and several classrooms of less than 39 students. I had 75 kids in my math class at a local community college.

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  6. I am so glad that my college days are behind me.However, my daughter is going to graduate school next year. She's applying to two although she would prefer one over the other.

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  7. I agree always good to have a back up plan and choices to choose from.. Not all the time the first plan goes the way you want it to be..

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  8. Always apply to your first choice but have a couple backup schools just in case, cause you never know! I even had to apply to more than 1 elementary school for my kindergartner! Crazy!!!

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    1. That is crazy! Your kid should be able to go to the kindergarten of their choice.

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  9. I love what you wrote "It's great to have positive thoughts. It's better to have options." This is so crazy I know because what you are talking about is college but this exactly sounds like what we had to do for our son to just get into a good elementary school! We had him wait listed on several just in case he did not get in to our first choice, there would be other good choices!

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  10. This is very practical advice. My son wants to be a teacher so by next year we need to get organized as far as taking the courses and figuring out where he might go to college. Even though he will be attending in Canada, I think your advice will still apply.

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  11. I totally agree! Applying to more than one colleges makes much more sense. My daughter who is a Junior still hasn't made up her mind where she wants to go.

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  12. I could not agree more with you! No one should ever shut down any options! :) We never know what will be best for us..Have to have many options and give everything a chance. It is best never to put all of our eggs in one basket:)

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  13. To this day, I don't understand why I didn't have more plans when I was in high school. I never really thought about college...until I was in my 20s. I completed college about a year ago and got my bachelor's degree in health care administration. I do wish I would have done that right after graduating high school.

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    1. Jennifer, I think that we just are so used to having our parents take care of everything and make all the decisions that when it comes to this we are not prepared for the tough choices. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on finishing your degree!

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  14. To all the young people out there reading this post, don't put your eggs into one basket. The best plans often fall through and you dont want you life delayed from poor planning

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