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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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cornelia_weasl

23/Female
Erwin, TN
Posted On: February 17, 2007
My dad just graduated again. My dream is the university in L.A. My best friend and I have dreamed about 4-ever. My other friend wants to go to Oxford.
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Maddie705

20/Female
Willowick, OH
Posted On: February 16, 2007
Im 8 i dont need to worry to much.My parents want me in the best college in the STATE!!!!
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rvsoccerxox

20/Female
Posted On: February 16, 2007
i no, the 8th grade at my school has an assembly on it and that means next year i probally will
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marchbaby11

24/Female
Canada
Posted On: February 16, 2007
I am 11 and have NO idea of what I want to do!It makes me mad that everyone knows what they want to do but me! I probably won't know until high school. How can I start planning early if I don't know what I wnt to be?!
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Deutsch_Ihr

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: February 16, 2007
its not fair that kids as young as 12 are being force to plan for college and university. When i was 12 i still wanted to be a doctor. I'm 16 now and in grade 11, and the teacehrs (math mostly) are insisting that we now what we want to do in the future. My advice to you pre-highschoolers? look into all thethings you might want to do when you graduate. Trust me, let yourself look into everything. When i was 12, i never thought i wanted to be an author...
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kitkat02

24/Female
Posted On: February 16, 2007
i know, its a terrible thought to think about how one little thing can ruin your future...i started planning for college in seventh or eigth grade (but really, can you imagine, that's age 12 or 13!!!!!!!) it kinda is ridiculous!!
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SILLYx_LoveSon

20/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: February 16, 2007
AHHH! Planning for college is wicked stressful! I can't stand it! I'm thinking about going to NYU and some other places, but this is really helpful.

~Lily
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Aerolyn

21/Female
South Park Villa, WA
Posted On: February 16, 2007
I'm guessing hsa stands for high school application?Or something else.Anywho,I'm nervous about college 'cuz I still havn't decided what I want to do yet.
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Knewgirl

22/Female
New Zealand
Posted On: February 15, 2007
overt here we go to university and we have to do NCEA exams instead of all this SAT stuff and we dont start until we finish high school which is 5 years so ppl normally start at 18-19 years old but im lucky i got into the smart class at my school and started NCEA a year early and sort of know what to expect this year^_^
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forever_cute12

107/Female
Fayetteville, TN
Posted On: February 15, 2007
Well I`m going to the college I always dreamed of going to.....Princeton!!!!!I`m so excited because well my friend got accepted too.We are all set!
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Parintachan

24/Female
Mill Spring, NC
Posted On: February 15, 2007
16, already finished with highschool, and accepted into college.

Boyfriend, and sister are the only ones making a big deal about me going. What's worse, is I don't want to go, for many reasons, the main one is I have other plans that the college doesn't won't fit into, nor will help in any way.

Oh well, lol. Just thought I'd post something on this one.

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SilverLily22

25/Female
Zionsville, IN
Posted On: February 15, 2007
I'm a senior in high school and I got accepted to the only college I applied to back in late December/early January. I was soooo excited!

I didn't start planning for college till last year but I wish I'd started earlier. I didn't even look at colleges till a year ago, and I took the SATs a year ago for the first time. Just took them again a second time to get a better score to get a scholarship. I almost missed the deadline for the application for the college I'm going to and I still need to work on getting scholarships.

My advice to all you middle schoolers? Look at colleges now but don't think you have to take the SAT/ACT and start applying and stuff right now. Just get an idea of what's out there and narrow it down. By your sophomore year in HS you'll be getting mail from colleges and in your junior year you should have just a few choices. Apply to all of them late that year or early senior year. Oh! And writing essays well is a great skill to have. Develop it.
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hollypocket

22/Female
Germantown, TN
Posted On: February 15, 2007
Ugh.

I wish I could go back in time and do my homework more in my freshman year.

I'm hoping to go to college in NY.
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Smuglyrose

25/Female
Plymouth, MI
Posted On: February 15, 2007
I'm excited for graduation this year...I've already been accepted to two of the three colleges I applied for...I'm waiting on U of M Ann Arbor and all this waiting just makes the nervous tensions set in more!!
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cherrygirl0531

20/Female
Bon Air, VA
Posted On: February 15, 2007
thanx 4 the advice!
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