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What really matters during the university admissions process?

What really matters during the university admissions process?

As you reach the end of your high school career, the reality of university, admissions and exams can seem quite overwhelming. It can seem at times as though you need to remember ten things at once, particularly when it comes to making your application to your chosen university. Lucky for you, we’ve put together this quick and easy list, so you know exactly what matters during this exciting (but busy!) time of transition. If you can remember these tips, you’ll be all set to take this next big step into your future.

Have a clear goal

If you’re not sure about a decision or you’ve not taken the time to research your options, you’re bound to feel quite nervous and maybe, a little unprepared. Ask yourself why you love the subject you’ve chosen to study at university – what topics particularly interest you, how does this subject inform the rest of your life, where could studying this subject take you? If it helps, write these things down to clear your head. Having a well-defined goal will enable you to articulate your passions in university interviews and applications. It will also give you the confidence you need to move forward and motivate you to put your all into those final exams.

Find out what works for you

No two students are alike. Just because your friend is applying to one university, doesn’t necessarily mean that their university is the right choice for you. Deciding where you will spend the next few years, ultimately where you will grow as a person and mature into an adult, is a very personal decision. If you’ve not chosen a university yet, then make sure to visit as many as you can. Ask questions, explore campuses, new cities or even countries, compare courses and get a feel for each university. If you’ve already made your top choices, then spend some time visualizing yourself at each one. Make sure that you’re doing this for you and that you feel independent, excited and empowered by your decision.

Be authentic

University applications are daunting. Everyone knows that places can be very competitive, especially those universities at the top. The most important thing to remember when making your application is to be authentic. With admissions officers receiving so many applications every day, if you want to win them over, there’s no room for telling lies about books you’ve read or work experience you’ve done. University is about education and universities want students who love to study and who are not only prepared to but want to work hard. A student who cuts corners when applying to university is a student who will cut corners in their study too. If you love the university, your chosen subject, let that shine through. Be genuine and work hard – no one can ask more of you than that.

Listen to advice 

This is likely one of the first times you’ve been completely in control of your future – but independence doesn’t mean you can’t seek out the wisdom of those older and more experienced than yourself. Your parents and teachers are going to want to advise you and help lead you towards the best future you can possibly have. Don’t forget that you don’t have to do everything entirely on your own. It’s always a good thing to listen to other people and remember, no one expects you to have everything figured out right now – so make use of those who care about you and look to them for guidance.

Stay focused

Perhaps the most important tip of all, stay focused and don’t panic. You’re going to be surrounded by people all going through the same thing. You’re also going to have the help and support of your school, your teachers and your friends and family. Keep working hard and make sure you take some time to relax. When you’re studying in your first year of university, this time will all seem worth it. You’ll probably even miss these final few months of high school. Most of all, this is a time to get excited and to let that excitement motivate you towards achieving your goals.



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