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5 Steps to Help You Prepare for College
(Before You're Actually in College)

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The transition from high school to college is a big one. It is exciting, but it can also be scary, especially if you’re not sure what to expect in your first year of college. The good news is you’ve got lots of time before making any decisions! You have plenty of time to prepare both physically and mentally for the challenges that lie ahead. Here are 5 steps to help grade 11’s prepare for college:

Explore your options, and choose the one that’s right for you

  • You can explore your options by looking at different schools and seeing what they offer.

  • You can choose the one that is right for you by researching and talking to people who have gone to that school.

  • Do not be afraid to change your mind! Sometimes it is better to do something different than what you originally thought was best. If this happens, do not worry! Just go with it, because sometimes changing your mind is just as good as choosing the first option in the first place.

  • Do not be afraid to ask questions! It might seem obvious, but if something doesn’t make sense or doesn’t feel quite right, don’t hesitate to ask someone about it! This could help prevent problems later down the road when you’re trying out for college sports teams or participating in clubs at school – which brings us back around full circle: making sure everything feels right before signing up for anything else besides classes again

Find out more about the courses and programs that interest you 

Before you start thinking about what program you want to take and which college or university you want to attend, there are a few things that should be done. First, it is important to find out more information about the courses and programs that interest you. What kind of classes will they have? Are they full-time or part-time? How long do they last for? Also, how much does it cost for each course? For example:

  • You may want to take business management as your chosen program because it sounds interesting but if this school requires all students to be taking at least three additional courses as well, then maybe it is not the best choice for you.

  • Depending on where this school is located (in another city), then maybe going there isn’t the best idea either because transportation could become an issue once classes begin (especially if public transit isn’t available).

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Keep your options open with the knowledge of what you will need to apply to each program

What you can do:
Consider the requirements for each program. If a program has a prerequisite, what is it? You will have to have completed high school or its equivalent before you can apply to college in Canada. Most universities or colleges also require that you take certain courses for your application to be considered

Consider how much time it will take for you to apply. Application deadlines vary from college to college and may also change based on whether or not your grades are calculated using summer courses or winter courses. Be sure that, if possible, you set aside multiple months (and if necessary, years) ahead of time so that there's enough time for all applications!

When applying for scholarships, it is important to consider academics, community service, extracurricular activities, and financial information

When applying for scholarships, it is important to consider academics, community service, extracurricular activities, and financial information. These factors will be taken into consideration when assessing the scholarship application.

Visit Oulton College for a personal tour and see what we're really like

When you visit Oulton College, we'll give you a tour of our campus so that you can see what we're really like. We have a great academic reputation and good student experience. Our facilities are modern and up to date, and our staff are friendly and helpful. If there's anything specific that interests you about the course or department that you want to study at Oulton College, please let us know during your visit so that we can answer any questions for you.
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We hope that this article has helped to demystify the college application process for students in grade 11. College is not just something that happens after high school and many students don’t think about applying until they are in their senior year. However, there are more options than ever before! There are more schools available, more programs to choose from and more scholarships available thanks to donors who want their money to go toward helping others achieve their dreams of higher education. So, take some time out of your day and explore what Oulton College can offer – we would love nothing more than for YOU to be part of our family!

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