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Academic New Year’s Resolutions

No Comments 08 January 2018

Many people make resolutions to improve some aspect of their lives for the new year. Some people aim to hit the gym more, while others might look to rekindle friendships with people they haven’t spoken to in a while. The resolutions people make run the gamut, but many times have something to do with weight — we’re all for being healthy, but, and can we just be honest? Those resolutions get abandoned faster than it takes to use QuickPay for fast food. So, why not switch it up this year and choose a resolution with some sticking power — say, something in the academic realm?

Get organized — Tests and assignment due dates come up quickly. We all know what it’s like to have that sudden, nasty realization that a large project we were supposed to be working on all month is due tomorrow. Let’s nip that crap in the bud right now! Keep a calendar of these dates so you don’t fall behind and have plenty of time to study. We like to choose an awesome calendar to do it, too, and you can find a plethora of them on Amazon! Hang that beaut up by where you do your homework and you’ll feel totally on top of things.

Research more colleges — No matter what point you’re at in high school, it never hurts to learn about more colleges. Make sure you know what’s out there before you start applying. What are you imagining your college life will be? Are you looking to head to the big city and a school with upwards of 15,000 students or are you imagining something a little bit smaller with less than 5,000? What are your thoughts on a liberal arts college? There are a lot of questions, so you might as well start getting answers from yourself!

Raise your GPA — While this might be a bit more of a challenge than the others on our list, we’re positive that you can handle it. We have some concrete tips for how you can do it, too. First, analyze what you’ve been doing so far. How many hours are you dedicating to studying? Would increasing the amount of time spent on homework or hitting the books help or should your next step be a tutor? One of the absolutely best things you can do to help your grades is speak directly to your teacher about issues that you’ve been having. Putting visible effort into improving is priceless.

Connect with your counselor — As a high school underclassman, your counselor can guide you towards picking the right courses and extracurriculars to get noticed by colleges. As an upperclassman, your counselor can help through the college application process. Having a positive relationship with your counselor will make the entire high school experience a smoother one.

Get involved with more extracurriculars — Colleges love to see extracurriculars. They show colleges that you’re a well-rounded individual. More importantly, though, they can help guide you to your future career — seriously. Determining what you love to do and how you can make that a full-time, paying job is one of the biggest bonuses of checking out a bunch of different extracurriculars. Explore your options!

Whether you decide to take on any of these resolutions is completely up to you. Pick one and set yourself a timeline for accomplishing the goal — it helps keep you accountable! We at College Greenlight wish you a fantastic New Year with many successful adventures!


High School

Why You Should Have a Resume in High School

No Comments 16 August 2017

Resumes aren’t just for people looking for jobs. High school students should have one. Here is why you should have a resume as a high school student.

Scholarship Applications – Some scholarships ask students for resumes. Be prepared and have one handy. Certain popular scholarships stop taking applications once they receive a certain amount of applications. Don’t miss out on a scholarship opportunity, just because you don’t have a resume. Keep your College Greenlight profile updated at all times so you can hear about these opportunities early.

Summer Opportunities – If you are paying all or part of your college expenses, you probably work a part-time job during the summer. Go into those job interviews with a resume to set yourself a part from the other applicants. If finding a part-time job doesn’t work out, you can use your resume to apply to summer internships related to what you want to study in college. Once you complete that internship or job, you can put it on your resume as you apply for colleges.

College Interviews – Some colleges might require an admissions or alumni interview before a decision is made. The point of this interview is to impress the interviewer. Walking in with a resume would be highly impressive. No one walks into a job interview without a resume and neither should you. This would show a level of maturity to the college you are applying to.

Crafting a resume for the first time is a daunting challenge. Talk to your parents or another mentor for advice. You also can take a look at this article for tips on what to include in your resume.

High School

What to Expect Freshman Year of High School

No Comments 20 July 2017

The transition between eighth grade and freshman year in high school is a big deal. Here are some things you can expect for the upcoming school year.

You will need to study more. It’s no secret that high school will be harder and require more work than middle school. If you go in with this knowledge, you will have an advantage. Put together a study schedule. Have a list of tutors on hand in case you feel yourself starting to struggle.

You will make new friends. Odds are that not all of your middle school friends will be attending the same high school as you. You’ll need to put in extra effort for those friendships, but you still can remain friends. Stay open to the idea of more friends. You will meet many new people in high school. You can’t have too many friends.

You may have a hard time adjusting. Some days you might feel on top of the world in your new environment. Other days, you might desperately miss your old school. That’s normal. This is a big adjustment. Just be patient with yourself and you will feel at home in no time.

You will realize that it is never too early to start thinking about college. Your middle school teachers probably didn’t talk about college too much. That will change in high school. Your high school teachers are here to guide you to college. Stay ahead of your classmates by periodically tending to your College Greenlight profile.

You will learn a lot about yourself. High school will broaden your horizons more than middle school. You’ll be introduced to new extracurriculars that could lead to new passions. You’ll dive deeper into new topics into your classes, and that could spark an interest that will turn into a college major. The world is at your fingertips.

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