As We Approach the Christmas Holidays, Madelaine Encourages us to Think Forward
Although it's just the end of my first semester as a Freshman at Willamette University I already feel the weight of the many decisions that are before me. If you're an undeclared major like I am then there are many questions you have to ask yourself. What's important to you? What are you interested in studying? What do you think you're future career will be and which major would help you with that the most? Of course as Freshman there is a lot of time and college is meant to be a place where we discover our interests. Yet, even with those facts in mind it is still important to start asking these questions now and determining what actions you should start taking.
In my case, now is the time to start applying for private scholarships and reapplying for FASFA. As most of you are probably well aware college is expensive and any financial aid that can be earned or received is extremely helpful. It's important to keep in mind that the FASFA opens on the January 1st and that you should apply for it as soon as possible, but definitely before February. Private scholarships are also a good way of helping you lower the cost of college for you and your family.
Another important thing to consider is applying for internships and research grants. Anything that can help you discover what you want to do with your life or further yourself in an area you are interested in is an opportunity you should actively seek. Generally, such opportunities don't just fall into your lap. You have to make it happen if you want it to happen. Remember, anything you do will help your resume when you finally graduate and venture out into the world of work. College is enjoyable, but it's more than just fun and games. You have to be thinking forward.