5 Books You Need to Read When Applying to College

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The college application process is without a doubt a stressful and confusing one. When selecting a school, students need to consider many different factors, such as where they'll get the best education, where they can afford the tuition and where they'll ultimately be accepted. The actual application is even worse — students need to provide a wealth of information such as high school transcripts, personal data and financial information. That's not to mention the personal essays you have to write and the SAT exams you have to take. With the amount of time and effort that goes into this process, students could almost say college applications are like a full-time job.

Fortunately for high school students and their parents, help is available. There are a number of excellent books designed to help and support those preparing for university. Here are a few you need to read if a secondary education is on your horizon.

Applying to College: A Planning Guide
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Written by Casey Watts, this book tells you everything you need to know about the school search and application process . It helps you develop a personalized strategy, which will help you stand out from the rest of the applicant pool and get accepted to the college of your dreams. Whether you're looking traditional four-year programs, part-time options or online courses, it will guide you through every step of the process and help you decide which program is best for you.

Winning Scholarships

Unless you've been pleased with very rich or financially prudent parents, you're going to have to figure out how to pay for your tuition. This book, written by Marianne Ragins, teaches you how to apply for and win a variety of college scholarships. Ms. Ragins, who has funded her education through over $400,000 of fellowships, shows applicants they shouldn't rule out scholarships just because they don't have top grades or weren't class president.

Scholarships are awarded here as part of a monthly drawing and courses of study, and there's money out there for everyone. Applying for scholarship aid from a variety of donors is especially important for those attending online or part-time programs. Often, these programs don’t offer as much financial aid as more traditional programs.

The Naked Roommate and 107 Other Issues You May Run Into in College

This book by Harlan Cohen is truly a gem. It not only provides insight into how to tackle common —and bizarre — campus problems, but it's also a great read. Even if you're an online student who may not have to deal with the naked roommate per say, this book provides a wealth of information on managing your schedule, tackling your course load and having fun while doing it. When you’re in the midst of an application process, it provides much needed humor for you and your family.

College Survival and Success Skills 101

This book, also written by Marianne Ragins, gives valuable information on how to get the most out of the collegiate experience. It not only provides tips for how to succeed in class, but it also gives you pointers on how to manage your social life, budget your time, and gain real-world experience. The sections on internships and job opportunities are particularly valuable for online students, who may not be able to walk to the career center for advice.

How to Win Friends and Influence People

It isn't just about learning from your courses — it's also about learning about life. This one is written by Dale Carnegie, has long helped people from all walks of life realize their full potential. If you're about to become a college student of any kind, this book will motivate you to be more confident in your abilities and secure connections that will help you succeed in your career and your life.

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