So you’ve just passed your SEE exams with flying colors but what now? Should you continue with your SLC or opt for international degrees like A-Levels or International Baccalaureate? How do you find good colleges? How do you even apply at these colleges? Here are a few things you need to keep in mind before applying.
1. Research: The best way to find the best colleges for the stream that you’re planning to go into would be to talk to people. Find people who have pursued he stream you’re interested in and seek their advice. They will definitely have an answer to your queries. After finding out a few colleges that you’d like to attend, Google them up and find out if they have a website. Usually, the website will have all the information you need; in some cases you’ll even find course structures that might help you get a clear vision on what you’ll learn at the college. These websites will also provide you with a list on what documents you’ll need for filing your application.
2. Choose wisely: Think about the things that made your school studies difficult; consider the things you enjoyed in your school; then see whether SLC (+2), A-Levels or IB will be right for you.
Another factor after this is choosing your subject combination. Instead of being influenced by your friends or family, if you weigh your strengths and weaknesses, you’ll be able to enjoy and do well in your studies in your high school. After identifying the stream of your choice, you may go for Science, Management or Humanities and excel.
3. Right mix of subjects: It is important to take the right mix of subjects. Science stream offers you subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Computer Science, as core subjects. Management stream offers you subjects like Business, Accountancy, Economics and Mathematics as core subjects. Arts/Humanities include Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Arts, Philosophy, et cetera as core subjects. Slight addition or subtraction of core subjects and optional subjects can be there depending upon the type of program you decide to enroll in.
4. Build a folder: Make a folder with all your documents so that you don’t lose any of your important documents such as transcripts, recommendations, and character certificates. Also make a point to keep a few photocopies of these documents handy inside the folder so that you have access to them as and when needed. Consider keeping a few passport-sized photographs inside the folder for the college forms.
5. Brush up on your studies: Most of the colleges will require you to sit for an entrance exam. It is advised to do relevant preparations so that you can tackle these examinations easily. Getting into a good college will depend largely on how well you perform in these exams. There might also be an interview session during college admissions so make sure you speak clearly and confidently during these sessions.
Moreover, choosing the right college is important because it determines your career. So don’t make hasty decision or don’t just go after the reputation of a college. Take time, do your study and choose wisely. Look for schools that offer the courses of your interest and provides quality subjects of your interest which provide you with your subject of interest and quality education.