Stay Calm and Plan for College

By Kim Lifton
President
Wow Writing Workshop

Take All the AP Classes
Think you need to take every AP class possible to get into college? Not so fast.

As high school seniors put finishing touches on college applications, the rest of you – freshmen, sophomores and juniors – might be thinking about your own journey beyond high school. Keep calm. There is a college for each of you.

Many four-year colleges like honors, advanced and AP classes – if you can do well in them. And many of them also like regular classes too – as long as they are challenging enough for you.

If you like Spanish and want to try French, go ahead and give it a try. If you have always enjoyed running, you might want to join the cross country or track team. If you like to build things, consider the school’s robotics team – or simply make something on your own in your garage or basement.

Be Careful! Leave Time for Fun

Just be careful! You don’t want to overdo it in the name of the college resume. It is important to have fun during high school.

So stay true to yourself. Try new things, but don’t spend your high school years in a club that does not interest you, and please do not keep taking AP or honors classes that are too hard for you and prevent you from taking in a movie on a weekend with friends.

At Wow, we interview admissions professionals to keep up with the trends, and we know this much is true: colleges like students who get good grades and take challenging classes. They also want to know who you are beyond your grades and test scores. For most colleges, you will get an opportunity to tell them who you are with a meaningful application essay.

Get Info From Reputable Sources

Before you think about essays, or where to apply to college, do your homework. There is a lot of good, free information out there, but you will also find a lot of bad information.

Pay attention, and make sure you get what you need from reputable sources. The National Association for College Admissions Counseling is a great resource for parents and students. Check out this NACAC guide on getting starting with the college process.

Wow is the leading authority on the college application essay. We get our information direct from the admissions offices, and we developed a program that teaches you how to write your essay so admissions officers will notice!