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10 Resources To Prepare You For College Admissions

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10 Resources To Help You Prepare For College Admissions

Applying to college can be one of the most stressful parts of a teenager's life. Deadlines, essays and financial considerations are just a few of the things that make the college admissions experience a difficult one, and that’s not even mentioning the fact that lots of teens have to do it while balancing their high school responsibilities at the same time. It’s difficult, for teens as well as parents, to make it through the college application process without a high amount of stress.

Luckily though, there are lots of amazing resources out there to help teenagers prepare for their college application process. From picking a college to setting yourself apart on paper — there’s resources to help you along every step of the way.

In the upcoming TeenLife LIVE College Prep Expo, we will be bringing a number of these resources directly to you. This virtual event is designed to replicate an in-person fair where students, parents, and educators can hear presentations from multiple speakers in a short period of time. With topics ranging from scholarships to essays and everything in between, this event is sure to be a fantastic resource for any teenager preparing their college application this year.

Below, you’ll find some of the questions that we hope to help answer at the TeenLife LIVE College Prep Expo. Register for the expo today, and read on to get a sneak peek of the programs and organizations you’ll be hearing from at TeenLife LIVE!

How Do I Pick A College?

Before you even start your application, a teenager looking for higher education must first pick what college or university they would like to attend. This isn’t an easy choice, but there are lots of resources available that will help pair a teen’s interests with a college where they can learn, develop and grow.

College Advisor can turn a teen’s college dreams into reality. Offering personalized and effective college advising, College Advisor is a perfect resource to help teens pick the college that’s best for them. Their team of former Admissions Officers and Expert Advisors can help teens reach their goal, whether that be to maximize chances of admission to Ivy League colleges, or simply finding the best-fit school for you or your teen.

North Shore College Consulting provides individual, comprehensive guidance throughout the college preparation, selection and application process. They help students through a very individualized college search process, administering various assessment tools and interactive games to help build a completely personalized and detailed “best fit” college list for each student.

The National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) was created in 1978 to help connect visual art and design students with its member institutions worldwide. The Association consists of representatives from regionally accredited US colleges and universities that are accredited institutional members of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. NPDA is the only organization of its kind, and the membership represents the highest standard of visual arts education available.

Versan Educational Services is the perfect resource for any international student hunting for the perfect college. Versan is a 19 year old company that has been educating students across the Caribbean for secondary, tertiary and professional programs for almost two decades. Versan has offices in Kingston, Montego Bay (Jamaica), New York, Dominica, Guyana and hosts students in India. Marked for her personalized one-on-one consultations with each student, Ms. Sandra Bramwell has managed to place close to 600 students annually, and has done online consulting with families in Korea, China, England, Barbados, Trinidad, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Russia and South Africa.

How Do I Pay For College?

This, of course, is one of the biggest questions that teens will ask themselves while going through the college application process. It’s a big question too, and with the price of higher education climbing ever higher, understanding how to pay for college responsibly has never been more important. Luckily, there’s dozens of resources out there that help students plan and understand how to finance their education!

Fastweb is the leading online resource in finding scholarships to help students pay for school. For nearly 20 years they have helped students find scholarships for college with a targeted search, which helps find scholarships for students based on their strengths, interests and skills.

SMARTTRACK College Funding helps parents prepare for college too! Most middle and upper-middle income families are surprised to learn that with a little planning, they can significantly lower out-of-pocket college costs, maximize grants and scholarships and minimize debt. If you’re concerned that you won’t qualify for financial aid, haven’t saved enough, don’t have an effective plan to cover the considerable costs of educating all your children, or just don't want to pay more than you have to, SMARTTRACK® can help.

How Do I Write My College Essay?

The essay is one of the most important parts of the college application process. With so many different styles and requirements too, it can be difficult to discern which language to use in which situation. Luckily, TeenLife knows of a perfect resource to help.

The College Essay Guy is a go-to resource for practical, step-by-step guides on writing beautiful college essays and putting together an awesome college application. With tips on everything from personal statements to grammar and sentence structure, this is a can’t miss resource for teens worried about their college essay.

How Do I Make My College Application Unique?

This is one of the hardest questions to answer, in part because the entire college application process is about setting yourself apart from the crowd. However, there are some great ways to make your application stand out from the crowd on paper, and the resources below should help you do just that.

INTO PREP is a premier college preparatory program that has helped students get into schools of their dreams for nearly a decade. Their lessons for the SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT and AP exams are a great way to make sure your test scores stand out! INTO PREP’s highly qualified and experienced teaching staff offers tutoring for all high school subjects as well.

VolunteerCrowd makes it easy for students to find and track volunteer experiences that set them apart in the college admissions process. In addition to providing teens with an official Volunteer Transcript that is sure to make their application shine, Volunteer Crow’s College & Career Advantage Program helps teens stand out by displaying their total volunteer hours by cause and by highlighting top organizations by total hours.

MyCoalition For College is another great organization that is sure to make a teen’s college application stands above the rest. Their set of free, online college-planning tools helps students start early and stress less on their path to college. With anytime, easy-to-use access, MyCoalition helps empower students to learn about, prepare for, and apply to college, beginning as early as 9th grade!

Still Have Questions?

Well don’t worry -- all ten of these amazing organizations will be presenting their resources directly to you at the TeenLife LIVE College Prep Expo on July 22. Register now for this can’t-miss event!