Soon enough, it will be time for you and your peers to send out applications to universities around the country—and potentially, around the world. You’ll want to make sure that you’re completely ready for this important moment.
How can you get ready for it? These are some things that you can do to prepare for application time.
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Check Your Graduation Trajectory
Before you worry about applying to university, you need to look at how you’re doing in secondary school. Are you on a clear path to getting your OSSD? Have you completed your forty volunteer hours? If you pass all of your classes this year, will you have the compulsory credits to graduate?
If you answered “no” to any of these questions, you need to address these problems right away. It’s important to focus on your secondary school goals before you set your sights on post-secondary school.
Do Your Research
Start researching your university selections. Look into the academic programs they offer to undergraduate students. Check out what extracurricular activities you can find at the institutions, like student-run newspapers, debate clubs and intramural sports teams. You’ll want to apply to places that will help you achieve your goals inside and outside of the classroom.
Take some time to tour the campuses. You won’t have to travel far to do it. Plenty of universities offer virtual tours to potential students, allowing them to explore the campus without having to leave their homes.
Finally, check what requirements you’ll need to get accepted into the program you’re interested in. The program might ask for you to have certain high school courses as prerequisites or for you to have a certain grade point average. It’s important that you know these requirements now before you start filling out applications.
Fulfill Program Requirements
What if you realize that you don’t have a prerequisite for a program? If you still want to apply, you’re going to have to change that — and do it soon. The best way to do this is to go to an accredited virtual school. They will have a long list of online versions of high school courses like MHF4U that you can sign up for. MHF4U is a common prerequisite for undergraduate programs in engineering, finance and mathematics.
You can complete an online course in a short amount of time. You can do it in four weeks!
An accredited virtual online school can also help you boost your grades to meet GPA requirements. You can sign up for upgrade courses (these are repeat courses) to refresh yourself on the subjects and get an opportunity to raise your grades.
Spruce Up Your Essay Writing
University applications will have short-answer and essay questions that you are required to fill out. So, before you have to fill out those portions of your applications, you should do your best to spruce up your essay writing skills.
How can you do this? You could sign up for a university writing preparation course through an accredited online school. It’s a free, non-credit, general interest course. It can get you ready for your applications and your future essays!
You should also get acquainted with proofreading apps like Grammarly. Grammarly’s essay checking tool can spot grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, plagiarism and more in your writing. The proofreading app will make sure your work is worthy of a university application.
There’s no time to waste. Start preparing for university applications now!