Having graduated recently from secondary school, a friend of mine says we’re living the post secondary school life. Contrary to popular opinion , it feels quite normal. Only of course, without the pressures of holiday assignments.
One of the most important activities for any secondary school graduate is applying to higher institutions. In the course of my search, I’ve been exposed to information that i wish I had known while in secondary school. Other information I’ve seen, have made me express gratititude to God that I had known that.
The whole point of this article is to bring to the notice of students still in secondary school some information I feel are vital. Here goes;
1. Never be satisfied with being a local champion ! – sometimes we look at our academic performance with respect to those of our mates. The disadvantage of this is that most times, a student might not be performing to the best of his/her ability but might be content with where he/she is because relative to his/her mates the student is doing fine. The trouble with this mindset is that to be admitted into the university, you are competing against a whole lot of students from all over the globe. Putting In your best effort instead of being satisfied with being better than your class mates gives you a better chance of getting admitted . Remember, academic excellence is an individual thing and where your mates are should never stop you from giving it your all .
2. Extra-curricular involvement is as important as good grades – it’s saddening hi way lot of students don’t know this. Most schools are not looking for geniuses and would like to see proof of all roundness in the students they would admit. If your grades are not so wonderful, your extra-curricular involvement might just be your saving grace. Now you have the chance, get involved in as many clubs, competitions etc that are of interest to you. In applying to universities, they matter !
3. Start your search early – trust me , you do not want to see a school that fits exactly what you’re looking for, location wise and financially as well, only for you to find out that you’ve not met the admission criteria. If you were to turn back the hands of time you’d do some things differently. All of this can be avoided if you start your search early ! This way before you even get to SS3, you’ll be familiar with some schools (probably even have your first choice already) and what it takes to get in. You can now begin to make sure you fulfill the admission criteria through classes you pick, exams you sit for e.t.c
4. Get close to your teachers – and how does this affect your admission ? You see a lot of universities require at least two letters of recommendation from teachers who were close to you. These letters of recommendation go a long way in telling the school the kind of student you are and ultimately in determining if you’ll be accepted or not. It’s up to you, what kind of letter of recommendation you’ll receive.
5. There are a wealth of scholarship opportunities that abound – even the ivy-league schools are willing to reward their students with scholarship. They are determined to make sure that funds are not a barrier for any good student . It all depends on your performance. Many schools give scholarships upon admission, the application for admission in many cases is the same application for scholarships. Your academic performance is what determines the level of scholarship you would be awarded with.
So there you have it people. The ball is in your court. I believe you’ve been informed. If you’ve graduated already, do feel free to add any information or tips you feel would be helpful to students still in secondary school.