|College Entrance exams
The big thing to remember about college is that prospective students can begin attending any semester; fall, spring, or summer.
Getting accepted into college is no easy task. College admission boards prefer intelligent, well-rounded students. While the category percentages may vary, the boards look for good school grades and/or a high performance on the S.A.T.’s [Scholastic Assessment Tests] as proof of academic accomplishment. Well-rounded students probably participated in sports and belonged to clubs in high school. Traditional prospective college students volunteer their time at churches, hospitals, or community functions.
You know, a person who never sleeps, has no time for family or friends. These are tough sneakers to fill for a non-traditional student, a student over 30 years of age beginning college for the first time.
This was one reason why I started at a community college or junior colleges as they are sometimes called. Since I was a non-traditional student, with no S.A.T. scores, I needed to take a basic skills test, an entrance exam, to be sure I was prepared for college level math and writing.
Okay, so I was only partially prepared for college, passing the writing portion of the entrance exam, not the math. I didn’t have a college preparatory high school curriculum. I was a business student. I haven’t done algebra and rational numbers and integers, etc., for a long, long time. I required basic skills math courses to bring me up to college-level math in order to complete the math and science requirements needed for a college degree.
And that is where my college journey begins in the memoir: deciding to apply and take the entrance exam at a community college—with five children in tow for most of it. However, even though I started at a community college, the possibilities from there were numerous. I’ll discuss some of those possibilities together with scholarship next month.