6 Tips To Note During Admissions

After a year of constant toiling, stressing out and putting rigorous days and nights into studying with the aim to achieve a brilliant score in the class 12th board exams, all the burden may seem to have lifted off the shoulders once the exams conclude. At times it may feel like the most challenging phase of life has come to an end. 

Regrettably, that’s not the case. Life brings with itself many more obstacles, and the board exams are only a small part of it. In the present context of intense competition and a limited number of seats in good colleges and universities, the admission process is no less than a battle. The admission process is a crucial part which leads to the final placement of the applicants into the course and college of their choice.

This process may be excruciatingly hectic and may come off as something that the students often seem unprepared for. So here are a few tips to ease of that burden and ace the admission season:

1. Thorough Research Of Courses and Colleges 

Usually, the admission procedure in India begins with the application process of various universities and colleges. After that the selection of courses takes place. Usually, there is a very myopic way to go through the process. 

First and foremost, you must be absolutely clear about the course
that you want to pursue. It is recommended to have a few options of courses and colleges just in case the first option goes out of hand, other options will be open. After doing some research on the course, the institutes which offer the preferred course must be applied to. The criteria for choosing colleges can be numerous, it can be the ranking, the connectivity from home, the fee, etc. But always remember, prioritize the course over the college, because in the long run the course would eventually matter and determine your future.

Do a thorough research of the colleges where you will be applying to. See their ranking, locality, fee structure, the infrastructure, societies, etc. After applying to colleges, the selection procedure must be read thoroughly. If there is an entrance examination that is to be cleared or an interview that has to be given, everything must be clarified during the application process and the preparation
must begin. It is different in the cases of very competitive fields like law, designing and engineering, where a common entrance test has to be given with months, if not years of preparation beforehand.

2. Speak to Your Seniors 

At this point in time, getting first-hand information about the campus life, the courses or just the admission process, in general, will be of great help. So, talking to your seniors or any other acquaintances in the colleges that you have applied to will be useful. 

Talking to them will give you a sense of familiarity and understanding about the entire process and seeking their advice while choosing your course or college will certainly help as they would relate to your current place of uncertainty. Moreover, having a senior by your side while venturing into this journey and through your college life will ease off the feeling of indecisiveness, hesitance or nervousness and give you a sense of solace.

3. Prepare for Interviews 

The institutes that demand interview of the applicants usually look at the aptitude of the applicant and their interest in the course that they have applied to. So, have some basic knowledge about your course, do some research about the college/university that you have applied to, keep yourself updated with the current affairs and most importantly be prepared to answer more personal questions about yourself, like who you are, your interests, etc. 

Make your portfolio with all your important certificates and make a simple resume where you can present your achievements and skills that you have honed over the years. It is very important to present yourself well, so keep yourself groomed and make sure your attire is ready. 

4. Set Realistic Goals 

During this period of apprehension, make sure that you set realistic goals. It is completely alright to dream big and be ambitious, but these goals should never be unrealistic or unattainable.

Unfortunately, the admission criteria at times are quite demanding and stressful. Colleges may come up with staggering cut offs, formidable acceptance rates due to limited seats, soaring high fee structure, and strenuous benchmarks to reach up to. Amidst such an environment it is advisable to be optimistic and hope for the best option in hand, but at the same time do not be overconfident, overambitious or too hard on yourself for not getting into the college that you desired to go to. Do not lose hope if you do not get your preferred course or college, have faith in yourself.

 At times plan B or plan C may actually work. At the end of it, what matters is you and what you do, where you come from and where you end up is just a part it. Not getting into the best college will not be the end of the world or the sole determinant of your future. So relax, be positive but at the same time stay grounded to reality, and eventually, things will fall into place.

5.  Get To Know Details About Campuses 

There is nothing more inspiring and motivating than to go to a college with an awe-inspiring campus that can nurture you. It brings in a sense of wonder and achievement. Your campus should ideally be a place you can call home. 

Also, make sure to inquire about campus amenities like a fully-functional library and cafeteria as these are aspects which are going to be important in the years to follow once you join a particular college. 

6. Strive Towards Greater Exposure 

College is an absolutely new stage in life. These will be some of the most crucial years and at times, the best years of your life. During this time, it is important to constantly learn and grow. Engage in extracurricular activities by joining different clubs and societies, be on the lookout for workshops and seminars that may interest you, befriend outstation students and most importantly explore your campus. 

While choosing a college, do not just focus on the academic part, make sure the college has a good infrastructure, offers a great campus life, has numerous clubs and societies and lays importance to the holistic growth of the students. Don’t just be hooked on to your books, your course or your college. Go to different colleges, make friends from different departments; the fest season is the best time to explore campus life. College life is much more than studies and books, this period is a whole new experience in itself. With so many changes around, make sure you embrace it and make the most of such an opportunity of exposure.

This season of uncertainty may be daunting, but eventually, you will learn and grow. Responsibility, punctuality and a proactive approach can be some of the major learnings that would help you in the long run and help you evolve as a person. This experience will prepare you for college and help you transition into the world of ‘adulting ’where you would be independent and responsible for yourself.

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