Look in the mirror
For some students, the idea of applying to college is super exciting - maybe you picture yourself cheering for your team among thousands of fellow fans at a football game or exploring the local hotspots in your new college town. Maybe you look forward to actualizing the cover of the college brochures and studying in your school's version of the "quad" or the "oval." Maybe you are excited about research opportunities with a renowned professor or studying abroad or joining the improv group or chamber orchestra or trying out for the dance team. Maybe you are just looking forward to making new friends and living on your own and doing your laundry (ok, maybe not) and eating whatever you want without a parent checking up on you. Or maybe all of this sounds incredibly overwhelming and insurmountable because you have absolutely no idea what you want to do with your life, whether you even want to go to college or whether you will even get in if you do.
That is ok! The goal of independent educational consultants like me is to help you figure some of this out. The is not a process that you have to navigate alone. My advice to get you started: Look in the mirror. Who do you see? How would you describe that person? What are their likes and dislikes? What are they most passionate about? What motivates them? Before you can make any decisions about your educational future, you need to take the time to make sure you really know yourself well.