It is that time of the year again. 12th graders have graduated; and are hunting for colleges. This can be a stressful period for the entire family. Here are a few tips on how to deal with the uncertainty of admissions.
- Keep your body healthy
At the end of the day, your body is the most important possession of yours. Mr Thomas, (MPhil, Child and Adolescent Psychology) says “I have seen many students neglect their bodies while dealing with the pressure that comes with the admission time period. But what is the point of a degree when your body is not healthy enough to make good use of it?” It is vital that a student must have all three meals a day, along with two other side snack breaks.
Along with physical health, it is imperative to focus on mental well-being too. Try indulging in meditation or other recreational activities and make time for hobbies. This will allow your body to have balance, and will help in this crucial time. Also, do look out for signs of depression, and don’t hesitate to employ experts to help your child.
- Search for the right course
The course and college you select is also an important decision. The choice you make now will affect the rest of your life. Thomas says “It is an absolute necessity to look for courses that suit your needs and aligns with your interests. Don’t be sidetracked by what your peers or relatives have to say, as in the end of the day it is your life, and you are responsible for your every move.”
It is vital to plan your strategy and do your research. Search for colleges that provide the courses of your interests, and work towards it. Plan your studying patterns for tests and collect all your extracurricular awards, and use them as bonus. Also, recommendation letters can prove to be quite helpful.
- Have a plan B
Sometimes, your plan might not go exactly as planned, and that might lead to a feeling of dejection. Hence, it is always best to strategise ahead of time and have a few other plans to fall back upon. It could be the same course in a different college or a slightly similar course in the same college. Plan B is always a welcome move from your future self.
- Hunt for more diverse options
Apart from regular colleges or courses, you could always hunt for other diverse options for post-12th graders. You could take a year off to pursue a national/international level exam, or to do courses and volunteer work around the world. These activities will help your resume grow. You could look into offbeat, round the globe colleges like Minerva, that have their students going around different countries over the period of their course; experiencing and adapting to different cultures. You could join a college as a backup, study for a year and apply for a more sought-after college. Opportunities are endless.
So make the right decision and best of luck!