By Isaiah Braden
College Readiness is for high school students who are preparing to go to college. Most students choose to immediately go to college after high school but they don't realize that college is a very different environment than high school. Therefore, many students aren't prepared enough for college and the transition from high school to college is difficult. The difference between high school and college is the way the teachers instruct and the way the classes are taught. Teachers aren't going to push you the same way and give you chances like they do in high school.
As a senior in high school, being prepared for college is very important, especially deadlines because that will help determine what classes are available. If you wait too long you may not get the classes you are required to take or your first choices. Deadlines that are important to remember are early admission if you choose to make a final decision early in the year. For example, the University of Buffalo has an early decision deadline of November 15th and the regular admission deadline is Feb. 1st.
Many students worry about the cost of college but you can't let the initial cost scare you. Look for scholarships and open more opportunities. Preparing for college is a big deal making sure you are ready as early as possible to fill out your FAFSA in the beginning of the year around October as well as the NYS Tap. FAFSA helps you get money for college. East also hosts a FAFSA fest with plenty of professionals to help you fill it out in the correct ways. East also hosts a college fair where you can find colleges of your interests. At this Financial Aid fest, I gained basic knowledge on filling out the FAFSA form, which helped me know what I need to be ready. I have started applying to colleges and submitting test scores. Also, employment is important because it can help you manage the cost and internships can help you explore more in the world.
Being prepared for college and taking the right steps will help you adapt to the changes. If you have questions about college or college readiness you can always go to the Upward Bound/ College Prep Center (F108) or speak to your counselor.