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Headed for college? What you MUST know
Shifra Menezes
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June 26, 2007

It's crunch time! The results of the Class X board examinations have been declared and it's time to take the big decision: will it be Arts, Science or Commerce? While all three have their own advantages, you need to decide which best suits your interests, your abilities and your goals.

Once you've decided on the stream, the next step is to pick the college you want to get into. Now, though everyone wants to get into the best college, realistically, you might have to settle on the next best option, based on your performance and this year's college cut-offs.

How to pick a college

Though your college grades do matter, there are a number of other factor considerations that come into play when you enter the job market. Here are some aspects you should look at while choosing a college.

~ Percentage: The first consideration is your Class X performance. Every college declares its own cut-off percentages for each stream (Arts, Commerce and Science). Do not apply to just one college just because you are sure of getting in based on your percentage. Keep your options open and apply to 3-4 colleges; most colleges declare more than one admissions list and you might just find your name on the second or third list of your dream college instead of having to settle for a smaller or less distinguished college.

~ Faculty: Do a little research before you decide. Every college has its strengths and weaknesses. While one may have a strong Commerce faculty, another may be known for its Arts resources. So, visit the colleges and ask students about the faculties. This will help you make a more informed decision.


~ Co-/extra-curricular activities: Find out what the college offers in terms of activities like sports, college fests, social service activities etc. Participation in theses activities will help you grow as a person as you learn to plan, organise and interact with people. Though the most important thing is your academic performance, your participation in extra-curricular activities will be an asset when you enter the job market.

Admission process and dates

The admissions for junior college take place in stages. Here's how you should go about applying:

A word of caution

College life is a huge learning experience, no matter which college you get into. So if you don't get into your dream institute, don't lose hope. You can make your college career a success by giving it your best shot and opening yourself up to new people and experiences.

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