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Get ready for college and the independent life in seven easy steps

Finishing school and getting set for higher studies is not easy. Preparing yourself for college means learning and doing more to find out where your interests lie.

education Updated: Mar 23, 2011 09:36 IST

Finishing school and getting set for higher studies is not easy. Preparing yourself for college means learning and doing more to find out where your interests lie. Here’s how you should start preparing for college life from the school level:

1 Take up a hobby. Nurt-uring an activity will promote your larger interests. If you like acting, try to audition for a local theatre
group or as an outdoor person, organise a trek

2 Taking on responsibilities such as washing the dishes or cooking will lead to self-sufficiency. This will inspire an independent
outlook, allowing you to develop useful skill sets

3 Read, read, read. Those who indulge in the habit of reading tend to be more imaginative and inspired. They are also better
informed, thus allowing for a better quality life

4 Learn more about other cultures. Pick up other languages. If your school does not offer classes in foreign languages, you can
take up additional classes or learn a language at home through interactive CDs or the internet. This adds to your knowledge and
languages learnt look good on CVs later

5 Every student must strike a balance between studies and enjoyment. Those who stress over academics must be encouraged to
take time to smell the roses, and those who are lax in studies should be made aware that they have the potential to achieve a lot
more

6 Speak to your parents about your hopes and aspirations, talk as much as you can to your teachers about future plans. Advice
from older people can go a long way in helping you shape up plans. There might even be a great mentor hidden in your dad!

7 Heard of great colleges? Take time out to visit the well-known ones. Maybe you’ll be there one day