Refreshed from a long break, students are beginning to trickle onto campus ready to tackle the Spring Semester.  A new schedule, new professors, and a new mindset always seems to energize students to challenge themselves to continue building on their Fall Semester. 

You too, as a prospective student should feel renewed.  Maybe you have a new educational goal, academic view, or a career aspiration.  Whatever it may be, embrace it!  I too have a resolution for you…CHALLENGE YOURSELF!

It sounds so simple and flows so easily from our lips, but can actually prove to be quite difficult at times.  Humans are creatures of comfort; once outside this safe bubble of everything we know, we begin to question our ability.  Should I take that advanced class?  Join the robotics team?  Campaign to be class president?  Yes!  Push yourself outside your comfort zone; you will thank yourself for it later. 

Which leads me to this Admissions Tip:  Make a list of your accomplishments you have achieved thus far in your high school career.  Take that list and expand upon how each of these accomplishments has brought meaning to either your educational, social, or personal endeavors.  Understanding how each activity, event, or recognition shaped the person you are allows you to become more aware.  Being able to express these accomplishments during an interview in a clear and concise manor, while explaining their meaning, reveals confidence in your abilities. 

You may or may not be at the point where you have started to visit colleges or universities.  However, having a conversation with your guidance department regarding college options can never happen too early. This may be a great way in which to challenge yourself this year; research colleges and universities that have a program that interests you.  If you are still unsure of what you would like to study look at colleges that have an exploratory program in a general concentration.  Once you have made a list, start visiting!  Physically visiting a college provides you with a better understanding and feel for the opportunities they offer.

Happy New Year, I hope you’re up for the challenge!

The Clarkson School offers personalized visits Monday through Friday from 9am-3pm.  During a visit prospective students will not only tour campus, but can meet with an admission representative, a professor, a coach, and current students. To schedule a personalized visit contact Annette Green via phone at 1-800-574-4425 or email