Keep It to Yourself Don't enter into the frenzy of talk about colleges. This is your personal journey to finding the right college and getting crazy about everyone else's opinions will only bring you down. Don't take in others' stress, or get caught up in all the myths surrounding admissions.
Keep in Mind That There Is a College for Everyone Sure, the Ivy Leagues are extremely tough to get into, but the truth is, once you get past the top 20 most competitive colleges, most schools admit the majority of applicants.
Identify the Teacher Who Is Your Strongest Supporter Then do everything you can to stand out in his or her class. This is who you'll go to fist for that all-important recommendation.
Learn the Fine Art of Saying 'No' to Activities That Take You Off Course Focus on a few things that you love and become really good at them rather than frantically trying to do everything. Stay true to you. Don't believe that focusing on Egyptology is the only way to get into the Ivies. Focus on what you love, and get really good at it. That's what colleges want to see.
Set Up Study Times Set up a specific schedule during the year to study for any upcoming standardized test: For instance, Wednesday evenings from 9 to 10.
Make Time to Relax High school shouldn't be all SAT prep, hours of community service, and three different tutors in the name of "getting in." Get a life and you'll be much happier.
Let Your Academic Passions Guide Your Class Choices No college likes a "cookie cutter" applicant who follows the prescribed path and nothing else. The most interesting candidates follow their own interests and it shows.
Don't Believe All You Read The best way to find out about a particular school is to visit in person, speak to students, observe a class and meet professors. Otherwise, you're just responding to slick marketing rather than actual traits of a college.