Well, you’re finally here. It’s time to engage in the college admission process. For some of you, it’s something you’ve been dreading. For others, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. In either case, approach it with optimism and an open mind. It’s not really about college at all… this process is about YOU. It’s a time for reflection and self-discovery.
Who are you? It seems like a silly question, doesn’t it? But by stepping back having a candid dialog with yourself and those who know you best, you may better prepare yourself for a successful college application process. What do you love? What do you despise? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Above all, why do you want to go to college? You are making decisions now that will have a significant impact on your future, so your own unique characteristics need to be accurately reflected in your choices. An honest assessment of your aptitude, interests, values, goals and personality will assist you as you navigate college admissions. Select colleges that are compatible with your traits. Be true to yourself and celebrate what makes you YOU.
Sometimes it helps to use some tools and resources that will help guide you to the right match in colleges and/or careers. There are personality profiles and interest inventory tools that assess your aptitude in various areas. The PLAN test, often taken sophomore year, is one such tool. Another popular tool is ACP’s Self-Survey for the college-bound student.
Download the survey from https://atlanticcollegeplanning.com/worksheets/self-survey-for-college/