Before I even started this blog, people have asked me questions about getting scholarships and the college search process in general. I have no problem answering their questions and giving them any advice. My only problem is when they ask me. Parents and students will ask me questions at the beginning or in the middle of the student’s senior year in high school. And though that is when I started the college application and scholarship process, it is much easier if you start earlier than that. I suggest students start searching for colleges his or her junior year. But why start early when everyone else doesn’t?

GIVES YOU MORE TIME TO RESEARCH

Whether you are a high school student that knows exactly what college they want to attend or a student that has no idea if they want to go to college starting the college search early will give you more time to research. Research colleges. Research possible careers. Research scholarships. You have options and you need to know what they are.

YOU CAN MAKE A BETTER DECISION

Deciding where to attend college is the first major decision most students will make. Once you know all your options you can make a better decision. You will make a decision (hopefully) understanding all the benefits and drawbacks to you.

LESS STRESS YOUR SENIOR YEAR

Senior year is filled with so many celebrations, traditions, and parties. No mention your regular school load, any extracurricular activities, and/ or any job you may have. You will be busy. Thus, your college search will take a backseat to more pressing thing like your English paper due tomorrow morning. Starting early will require less work from you your senior year. Your college search your senior year should be a to-do list not a research project.

You want your college search to be marathon not a sprint. Doing a little work here and there, so you is not rushing at the end filling out applications, writing essays, and trying to make a decision.