4 Things to Help College Applicants Look at the Big Picture


College applicants have either received their acceptance letters or will receive them soon. The lull between college applications and acceptance letters can be a time of uncertainty and anxiety, but students are encouraged to think about the big picture and not worry too much about the specifics of their current situation. Of course, this is much easier said than done but there are some things students can think about that will encourage them to look at the big picture and maintain a positive attitude – our private San Diego college admissions consultants are here to help you get into the university of your dreams.

1. A college education

The most critical thing college prep students should remember is that they are applying to college so they can get a post-secondary education. This will help them with their career, earning potential, stability, and overall life opportunities. In the end, there are so many different ways to get a 4-year degree. Students can attend their dream school, attend their safety school, or go to community college for two years and transfer. The important thing is that college admittance, to any university, can help a student reach their goals.

2. Earning potential

When students are looking at financial aid options and scholarship opportunities it can become daunting to think about the remaining balance they will have to pay out-of-pocket. Even students who receive scholarships or financial aid will likely have to get help from parents or family, get a part-time job, or take out substantial loans to pay for their education. Students are encouraged to think about how these four years can help their overall earning potential for the rest of their lives. In the meantime, students can look for the hundreds of small and large scholarships available and should apply for every one they’re eligible for (READ: San Diego College Tutoring Tips: 5 Great Ways to Help Pay for College).

3. Studying within their chosen field

At this point, students don’t know which colleges and universities they will be accepted to. It can be very nerve-wracking to be waiting on important information such as this, but students are encouraged to focus on the fact that they will have an opportunity to study within their chosen field. Students can get a business degree or a teaching degree, for example, from countless different universities or can work towards the first two years of general education while they’re thinking about which major they want to choose.

4. Holistic admissions process

Students are encouraged to remember that most colleges and universities use a holistic admissions process, meaning they focus on the whole student. They will, indeed, look at test scores and GPA but they will also look at the student’s statement and supplemental essays as well as their community service and recommendations. Students who are feeling unsure about their GPA or test scores are encouraged to remember that colleges are looking at them as a unique individual and that they will have a lot to offer the college they end up attending. If students apply to a balanced list of schools, they will likely be looking forward to some good news in the spring.

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