Do you feel you are not gonna make it to your dream college? Are you demotivated by the high cut-offs for the admission process these days?
If yes, Don’t worry, It is common for students to feel anxious during the college admission/application process. There’s a lot to do, the risks are high, there is fear of lapse of the deadline for application form, and you’re about to make major decisions about your life & future. It would be really strange not to be stressed out during this time, just because admission anxiety is normal doesn’t mean you have to deal with it.
Most of the students consider colleges such as IIT/IIM & other Tier1 institutes in our country to be the perfect college to pursue their educational goals in order to be successful in our lives but that’s not true. The truth is, there is no such thing. You can find many colleges which will help you nurture your educational goal & get a great education in order to lead a successful life. Searching for college is all about finding who you are and what you want which will then help you find the college that will cater to your requirements in order to achieve your educational goals. In this article we will tell you a number of things that will help you reduce the admission anxiety & find the perfect college that will meet your educational goals.
So, Let’s get started !!
Managing Admission Expectations
The thing about applying to colleges for admission is that it is competitive nowadays and chances are that you won’t get selected in all the colleges on your list. There is a fair chance that you won’t get selected in the colleges you most wanted to attend ex- IITs/IIMs but that doesn’t mean you need to get demotivated with that as we all know rejection is the way of life when it comes to college admission process. Top institutes attract many more qualified applicants than they can actually admit which increases the competition a lot during the admission process. The key to deal with college admission anxiety is to anticipate the possibility of rejection and comes to terms with it in order to waive off the stress of your head while college admissions.
Keep these tips in mind while selecting a college to accomplish your educational goals:
Decide what you want in a college & how an institute can help you achieve your education goals. Here are some aspects that you may consider:
- Distance from home
- Available majors and classes
- Hostel options
- Makeup of the student body
- Available extracurricular activities
- Campus atmosphere
Also, think about what you want to accomplish in college. Do you want to train for a specific job or get a wide-ranging education? If you have a major in mind, are the colleges you’re considering strong in that area?
Applying to a number of colleges helps you ensure that if you are not selected in your dream college, you still have an exciting list of number of colleges to rely upon. (Pro tip – Always have a back up plan in life as things might not always go as per your plan).
Here is list of top colleges/institutes that offers quality education with 100% placement assistance & salary packages upto Rs.50 LPA :
- Manipal University – Apply Here
- UPES Dehradun – Apply here
- MIT-WPU – Apply Here
- Lovely Professional University – Apply Here
- Amity University – Apply Here
Assessing your talent & capabilities beforehand where you stand as an applicant helps you to develop more realistic expectations for the college admission process.
Do Not Compare Yourself
Every student is unique when it comes to the college admission process and there are so many factors that play an important role in a college’s admission decision that it is nearly impossible to compare yourself to another applicant. There are too many qualified applicants out there that top colleges can’t accept them all even if they want to. So don’t be worried about what might have been and don’t overthink about how your application looks in comparison to others. It will not change anything but will only increase the level of anxiety while college admission process. Instead of doing this you can use the tips given below to help yourself find a college that will help you achieve your educational goals:
- Set goals that are realistic and appropriate for you while searching for best fit colleges.
- Work hard towards achieving your set goals for college admission in a healthy and suitable way.
- Don’t waste your time, energy and peace of mind on comparing yourself to other applicants.
The SMR Approach
During the entire admission process keep asking yourself what your preferences and goals are while selecting a college for admission and remember that there are many good colleges available for every student and that you will be able to get admission at many premier colleges/institutes to achieve your educational goals.
At college board/admission authorities, we consider test scores as an important factor in order to help you balance your list of colleges. Using the SMR approach you can divide colleges into three categories:
- Safe: Your entrance level test score is higher than last year’s cut off for admission in a particular college/institute.
- Match: Your entrance level test score is in the same range as last year’s cut off for admission in a particular college/institute.
- Reach: Your entrance level test score is lower than last year’s cut off for admission in a particular college/institute.
We recommend you to include at least 5 Reach colleges, 3 Match Colleges and at least 1 Safe college to balance college list & increase your chances of getting admission into a college to achieve all your admission goals.
Here is a list of top Reach colleges that you may consider while college admission process:
- Manipal University
- UPES Dehradun
- Lovely Professional University
- Amity University
- NIIT University
- Kalinga Institute of Technology
- Manav Rachna International University
- Chandigarh University
Always remember this is your big future—you’re in the driver’s seat. Stay focused on what’s important to you and what you want to get out of the college experience. College planning can feel overwhelming at times, but if you take charge and stay focused on your goals, you can make it work for you.
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