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(February 15, 2007 by support Send DollMail )
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A new study was released that says the students who are most prepared for getting into and succeeding in college started planning for it by the eight grade. That means that the college game that used to start your junior or senior year of high school is now beginning before you even get to high school! Of course, the survey information was for teachers and parents, but hey, whose life is it anyway? If you plan on doing college, and who isn't, there are things you need to know NOW!

The Old College Game

The old college track was pretty simple. An average student worked pretty hard through high school, got good grades and then picked a college around the time she was graduating. If you had decent grades, getting into a good school wasn't a big deal. And to top it off, college wasn't even required for most of the jobs back then. You could graduate from high school, start work in a good company, and make as much or more money as a college graduate. College wasn't a huge deal.

College Today

College today isn't an option, it's a necessity. The only jobs that are still available for people without at least a little bit of college training involve nametags and hairnets. Everything else takes at least a year of college work. Even jobs like photography and writing require some formal training and preferably a degree. Want to work as the manager of a clothing store? You have to have a full four-year degree these days.

What this need for degrees has done is make college much more competitive. The community colleges are taking up a lot of the slack by offering less expensive training and some very basic degrees, but if you are interested in getting a four year degree, you have a much harder path ahead than you parents ever did.

Planning for College

Colleges receive thousands of applications a year and the good schools only take a small portion of those. That means your application has to look really good compared to everyone else's. You might be wondering why this matters now, and that's a very good question. Your college application will include information all the way back to your freshman year of high school, and possibly the eighth grade.

Colleges seem to like certain things. They really like students who commit to certain activities all the way through school. If you are an artist, stick with it for four full years. You might even build a portfolio with dolls you've created like the ones here on the Doll Palace. The same is true for band or choir. Colleges feel like this shows your dedication and perseverance. Colleges also like foreign languages. Take as much as you can stand. (Three years should be your minimum goal.) Volunteering and being active members of clubs are great, too. Don't forget to take a break every now and again. You might be a lucky one who gets all As without even trying. Hurray for you. For the rest of us, the hard work we've been doing for decent grades is about to get even harder. High school work, and those who are already there will probably agree, is much harder than junior high work. Not only are the classes harder, but your grades matter more. Every decision you make about doing your homework or taking an extra science class instead of basket weaving can make the difference in getting into the college you want.

Why start planning now? Those already in high school are probably clued into this already, but if you start on the wrong path or with the wrong attitude on your very first day of high school, it can ruin your college dreams. For a lot of schools, you only get one shot at being accepted. Even little things like too many tardies or blowing off 9th grade English can shatter your plans. Get in the habit of thinking about your future now, before it's too late.


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mermaidlovr

17/Female
HI
Posted On: January 18, 2012
This sucks. I skipped the eighth grade and so obviously now im doing 9th grade work. But im not ready for college and Im still not positive on what I want to do yet. Im looking at fashion design, Nature/animal photographer, and possibly a marine biologist. It also doesn't help that I don't want to go to school for very long. But im worried about what wil happen when I graduate.
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elly93cat

20/Female
Ashland City, TN
Posted On: January 8, 2008
oh man they look at eighth grade. i'm already worried and i'm not even in highschool.
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depressionkill

35/Female
Albania
Posted On: March 9, 2007
omg i have no idea what collage i wanna go 2.

but im intrested in animation,digital arts,studio art and ceramics so maybe art school?
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jojo9595

23/Female
Sweden
Posted On: March 3, 2007
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ladybirdsarah

21/Female
Plainfield, IL
Posted On: February 26, 2007
I am 11 and have my life carrer planed out.I skiped two grades,pass at everthing excpt spelling.I want to be a pastry chef, or a zookeeper.Colage shouldnt be a prob for kids like me.
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Spongey63

20/Female
Posted On: February 26, 2007
ughm excuse me starrgrl but I totally disagree with you.. Well, not totally, but a little bit. Everyone I'm friends with does good in school including me and we do NOT cry when we get B's, thank you very much! In fact, we get alot of B's....

Anyways, about the college thing, I already planned my whole high school/college life out.. mostly cause im in eighth grade. Also, I sort of disagree with the article, about the teachers pressuring us... I guess it really just has to do with what school u go to..Anyways, yeah I definitely know where I'm going already

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Hollimer

22/Female
Torrance, CA
Posted On: February 25, 2007
Ps

i messed up on my age when i signed up, ok? lol
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Hollimer

22/Female
Torrance, CA
Posted On: February 25, 2007
ok look, i like this but i'm not even in highschool yet o.o
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princessgaby92

22/Female
Durham, NC
Posted On: February 25, 2007
im a freshamn in high school and i already have chose a couple of universities and possible careers-my options include a career in the culinary arts, a high school math teacher, or a counselor for teens
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nire_10

22/Female
Kamrar, IA
Posted On: February 24, 2007
I just want to go to school to Major in Pharmacy and Minor in Buisness, but I like art,too so it might change. I'm a Freshman in Highschool.
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j7113

20/Female
Gowanda, NY
Posted On: February 24, 2007
I already know I either want to go to Yale or Harvard University - but i'm only 12 so my plans could change
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bootylicious2

25/Female
Runnells, IA
Posted On: February 21, 2007
Thats not fair but sadly its true.
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Leilani46

21/Female
Panama City Beac, FL
Posted On: February 21, 2007
im going to fsu
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starrygrl171

26/Female
Aspen Hill, MD
Posted On: February 21, 2007
OMG its so not fair that kids are being pressured into doing well in school! We should have to have all the stress we go through. Sure some kids can hendle it, but those are the smae kids who dry when they get B's. Some people actually can't deal with that much pressure, and they wonder y sum kids are depressed and cut themselves!!
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nikki1281

25/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: February 19, 2007
indeed - choosing should start as soon as you begin to narrow your subjects down.

Looking at doing Civil Engineering at Newcastle Uni UK
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