So you want to get into College: College Applications Made Easy

It's seventh grade, you're thirteen years old, and everyone is asking you what college you want to go to. Everyone wants to know your grades and your extracurricular activities. Well, here are some easy steps you can take to ensure that you will get into the college you want. All it takes is a little bit of dedication, some creativity (or lying), and money.

Grades will be very important for getting into college. Colleges place a lot of emphasis on the grades you receive in freshmen, sophomore, and junior year, so be prepared. Inevitably, you will have a lot of homework in high school, so I suggest that you find someone in each class that you can always do your homework with. Ideally, this person should be someone smart who doesn't mind doing a lot of work and is just happy that he has someone that he can call "friend." If you find enough of these types of people to copy from, then you will have no problem getting A's on all your homework. However, even if you do well on your homework, there is still another major factor in your grades: tests. The most valuable skill you can learn for taking tests is to write small. The smaller you can write the more information you can fit onto a tiny piece of paper that fits in the palm of your hand. If you learn to write small, then tests will be easy for you. But if you still need some extra points to scrape by, then you should definitely look into extra credit. This is where money becomes useful. With money, you can pay some of your friends to do some extra credit for you, or, if the teacher allows it, you can buy tissue or other class supplies for extra credit.

During junior year you will have to take the SATs or the ACTs. These are very important tests because all good colleges require some sort of standardized test. I will tell you right now that there is no getting around these if you want to get into college. However, it will not be a problem if you don't get high scores because later on in your college applications, you can check a box that states, "standardized test scores do not reflect my academic potential," and then giving you space to explain why. A little bit of creativity can set you free from the importance of standardized tests.

College applications are the last step in this process. Most applications require a lot of listing and describing of your grades, classes, extracurricular activities, and life experiences. As long as you make your descriptions seem like you enjoy school and your hobbies, then you can just copy and paste your answers onto all the applications you are filling out. But, that is not all you need to do. A lot of colleges require you to write insightful personal statements. These are quite hard to write so I suggest you get friendly with one of your English teachers and have him or her edit it for you. Your personal statement should use past experiences to reveal something about yourself. Don't be shy about letting all of your creativity loose on these personal statements. Just make sure that your essays make you look like a bright student who knows that life is not all about money. One last thing before I finish up. Private colleges will require letters of recommendation from your teachers and counselors. I suggest that around Junior year, you start sucking up to some of your teachers, preferably one English/Social Science and one Math/Science teacher, just to be safe.

Now you know what it takes to get into college. How good a college you get into depends on how dedicated you are and how creative you can be. With this advice, hopefully you will soon be on your way to Harvard or Princeton. Have fun in college and be ready to please your college professors if necessary.