Here are some ways to make sure you’re getting ready for the next important part of your life:
Think about what you might like to do for a career. Big question. But it’s never too early to have a dream that you can plan for, so knowing what field you may want to go into can help you choose what colleges you should consider most.
Get your paperwork together. You not only need to know college application deadlines (make a list of what's due when and put the dates on your calendar!), but you need to know which schools require recommendation letters or essays as part of the admissions process. Before applying to schools, find out which teachers or employers are willing to write recommendation letters about how great you are.
Sort out your college money situation. There’s no reason to ever pay more for school than absolutely necessary. Follow up on every available option to claim all the financial aid you can by completing the FAFSA online (you can do this as early as October 1). Afterward, make sure that you receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) to check for errors—and call 1-800-4-FED-AID if you haven’t. Remember to also research grants, scholarships, and work-study programs to see what’s out there.
Don’t lose focus. Senioritis is real—don’t give in! Continue working hard in your classes and extracurricular activities as well as give the college application process the time and attention it deserves.
College visits are a great way to discover which school is right for you. We’d love to tell you more about SMC and show you around our campus. Come visit us anytime!
Since 1911, Spartanburg Methodist College has been dedicated to offering an affordable education to students of all religious and non-religious backgrounds.
SMC serves approximately 1,000 students and offers six associate degrees, a unique bachelor’s degree with six concentrations, a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and two 100% online programs in Criminal Justice and general college studies. SMC’s unique Camak Core professional development program prepares graduates for the business world with education in key soft skills employers value in new hires. SMC students experience the transformative powers of academic excellence, intellectual exploration, social awareness, and character development in a supportive environment where they can thrive.