“What are colleges looking for in an applicant?” While many students ponder this thought at some point during their college search, a good question to start with may be, “What does this college have to offer me?” or “What do I have to offer this college?”
First, as a high school graduate you will need to make sure you are committed and prepared for going to college. I’m not saying you need to have a step-by-step plan developed by graduation, but the first step of your plan can be searching for your college. We live in a land of opportunity and should be grateful to be able to choose from a variety of different educational institutions.
You need to be prepared to take advantage of the plethora of higher educational opportunities. Colleges offer degree programs that can be completed fully online, in a traditional classroom, or a blend of both. So whether you’re considering a traditional campus locations or an online program, be sure to take note of what each college can offer you, as well as what you can offer them.
Diversity in the Classroom
Colleges seek students that are driven, committed, ready to learn, and willing to take risks. Does this sound like you? Don’t worry, there is no perfect applicant for any college…And no cookie-cutter student mold to fit into. We all come from different backgrounds with a range of life experiences, but one of the beauties of college is coming together to learn new things. That is what going to college is all about.
Accentuate the Positive
Next, while starting your school search get into the process of thinking about “what am I offering” and “what are they offering.” Thinking about your strengths and what you have to offer a college is just as important, if not more important, than what you may or may not think a college is looking for. Just as your college experience comes to a close, you will begin looking to start your new career. Don’t worry about the nerves—it’s normal, plus you have preparation under your belt, so no need to sweat it too much.
In closing, remember when looking at colleges they are not only interviewing you, but you should also be interviewing them. Your opportunities are endless, it’s not about changing your mold so you fit; it’s about finding the right fit for your mold.