By Caleigh Gran
- SAT scores; if you can’t afford the prep classes and books—don’t fret! You can find just as much helpful information and study guides online. Doing well on the SAT is more about being prepared—being awake, focused, and ready does you more good than trying to cram in thousands of vocab words. Besides, the SAT isn’t that important. The only time you ever need it is for applying to college. After that, who really cares?
- Cost. While cost is certainly an important consideration, it’s not something you need to worry about right now. Your best bet is to apply to a few colleges (along with financial aid), see where you get accepted to, and then take a look at which one offers you the best price. Then you can start looking at your finance options, like loans. If you’re really concerned about it though, start applying to scholarships as early as possible.
- Ratings, rankings, and lists. You’re not going to an Ivy League—so what? It’s not about the school’s rank. Whether you go to a #1 school or a #350, as long as you mesh well with the school’s atmosphere and they have the program you’re interested in studying, you’ll be happy. At the end of the day, it’s not a number on a piece of paper that’s going to define your future.
Keep in mind that once you’re in college, everything will work itself out. You might be going crazy over the common app and test scores, but in just a few months all of it will be a thing of the past. Find comfort in the fact that it will all soon be over.