When should students be preparing for the college application?

When should students be preparing for the college application? Depending on who you ask, the answer might be as early as when parents are selecting which kindergarten their kids should go to.

The truth is students should only start preparing for it when they decide they want to pursue higher education. College isn’t for everyone and it isn’t a path that can be predetermined by where parents decide to enroll their toddlers. When you do come to across a desire to apply to college, here are a few things you should focus on throughout high school:

Intellectual Curiosity

Stay curious. This probably goes without saying, because if you’re interested in continuing education, chances are you want to keep learning. This will keep you on your toes, on the edge of your seat as you take risks, seek for adventures and discover what you’re passionate about. Naturally, this will come in the forms of your club activities, extracurriculars, research, independent studies, and so on. Don’t stress yourself out with the need to fulfill a checklist of things that show you’re a well-rounded student.


Many teenagers have a difficult time finding their confidence. You’re going through puberty, you’ve just enrolled at a new high school with new classmates, and you may not know what you’re good at yet. Truth is everyone feels the same way. The trick is to embrace what you do know. Love your own quirks, interests and don’t be afraid of showing who you are. Even if you have different passions, there’s something charming about a confident person that will help you make new friends and find a place for you to fit in.

Work Ethic

Developing a good work ethic is not only important in school, but also in life. Having a good work ethic doesn’t just mean working hard. It means you’re willing to help others out, support your teammate or classmate, and willing to do more than is expected. Good grades will come naturally, and you’ll also perform better on the field in sports.

These 3 key points may seem abstract, but if you’re applying to college, it will translate into a strong application.

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Written by Frances Wong at AdmitSee. AdmitSee is a peer-to-peer college and grad school admissions platform. Access our crowd-sourced database to read applications, essays and advice direct from the students who got in. Find out how you compare.


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