|Many people find the idea of going to college intimidating, even frightening. You may feel overwhelmed by all the different things required for admission, or you may even have doubts about your ability to succeed in college. Guess what? You are not alone! Those feelings are common to all beginning students, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. The good news is that there are things you can do to prepare yourself for school and lessen your anxiety.
College is the road to knowledge, a new career, and a better future for you and your family. It’s more than a destination, though. It’s a journey! College will help you learn how to learn so that you can continue adding to your knowledge and skills for the rest of your life.
Step 1 – Develop Your Educational Plan The first step in going back to school is to make a plan. This plan will serve as your road map for getting from where you are now to your ultimate educational goal. The counselors in your Educational Opportunity Center can assist you with this process. They have the tools and information to help you evaluate your personal and career interests, choose a major, and find an accredited school that best serves your needs. If you did not finish high school, they can also help you get your G.E.D.
Step 2 – Begin the Admissions Process
Once you have your plan, it’s time to apply for college. Most colleges publish their admissions requirements on their Web sites, but if you prefer to view hard-copy materials, EOC counselors can help. If we don’t have what you’re looking for, we’ll be happy to get it for you!
Step 3 – Schedule a Placement Exam
If your placement scores are more than five years old, you didn’t do as well as you’d have liked, or if you’ve never taken the SAT, ACT, ASSET or COMPASS exam, you will need to get with an EOC Counselor to schedule a placement exam.
Step 4 – Schedule an Advising Appointment
It can be a little confusing trying to decide upon a schedule your first semester. There’s so much to think about – which courses have prerequisites, which courses require labs, how do you make sure that you only take courses you need, how do you make sure you don’t overload yourself.
Step 5 – Attend an Orientation Session Most schools have orientation sessions for new students; take advantage of them! Not only will they help familiarize you with the policies, procedures, and services of the institution, but they give you the opportunity to meet other first-time entering students, faculty, and key staff who can help you throughout your academic career.
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Step 7 – Attend