Applying to university is a big decision in one’s life! As a prospective student, it can become extremely overwhelming when deciding what you want your future to look like, along with researching the various programs and their benefits. What is essential is finding a school and program that suits your learning style and can help you reach your goals. After going through the application process, I have gathered some advice for students planning on applying to university. I’ve found that the best way to make a decision that best suits your future goals is to do some research!
To start, when applying to a university program investigate the courses you will be taking throughout your degree. Look at all the required courses and their respective descriptions and ask yourself, ‘is this something I am excited to learn?’ When you are at university you want to take courses that you can be engaged in and will be excited to attend, instead of perceiving the classes as a chore. Additionally, look at all the opportunities the school and program offer. Ask yourself these questions:
- What student clubs are there?
- What unique opportunities can I gain from going there?
- What am I interested in and how can the school/program help explore that?
Finally, I suggest talking to current students at the school and the program you are interested in. Ask them about what their experience has been like or what their favourite part of the program is. Students can provide excellent insight into student life, academics, and the transition from high school to university.
With that said, I wish you all the best in your application process!