Plan Ahead! The Benefits of Prepping for College Early

Today, we will discuss a crucial aspect of the college journey: starting early. From the vantage point of middle school or even the first couple of years of high school, college feels like a distant future. But trust me, procrastinating can come with some serious risks. Let’s dive in and discover why it’s crucial to kick-start your college journey sooner rather than later.

1. Ace Your Academics:

I can’t stress this enough: aligning your high school coursework with college requirements is key. Waiting until the last minute could leave you scrambling to meet admissions requirements. On the flip side, starting early lets you plan smartly, take college-level courses, and can even reduce the amount of time and money you will need to graduate.

2. Level Up Your Skills:

Colleges love well-rounded students, and it’s your time to shine. Starting your prep early means you have time to explore hobbies, extracurriculars, and community involvement. You can truly dedicate yourself, showcase your skills, and demonstrate personal growth. Your future applications will sparkle with your unique experiences and make you stand out from the crowd.

3. Explore Like a Pro:

CCA is all about making informed decisions. Failing to start early means that you will limit your own options because you will have to rush— possibly missing the chance to explore all the possibilities. Starting in 9th grade will allow you to dive deep into researching potential colleges, considering factors like location, campus vibe, academic programs, and financial aid options. Download the Complete College Advising College Comparison Spreadsheet

4. Snag Those Scholarships:

Money matters, and CCA has got your back. By delaying your college prep, you might miss out on fantastic scholarship opportunities. Loads of scholarships have early deadlines, so getting a head start helps you identify and apply for the ones that align with your achievements, interests, and background. A little early effort can pay off big time.  Download the Complete College Advising Scholarship Tracking spreadsheet

5. Stress Less, Achieve More:

Procrastination can be a stressful spoiler. Last-minute rushes lead to rushed applications, hurried essays, and incomplete documentation. By starting early, you can breathe easy, craft thoughtful applications, and present your best self. Minimize the stress and maximize your chances of getting into your dream college- and getting the funding you need to pay for it.

6. Expert Help at Your Fingertips:

CCA is your college prep guru. Starting early means you can make the most of the expert guidance and resources available. Take advantage of campus tours, info sessions, and admissions workshops. And don’t forget that CCA is here to support you throughout the process, offering personalized assistance tailored to your needs.


Starting early sets you up for success. You can ace your academics, level up your skills, explore your dream schools, snag scholarships, stress less, and access expert help along the way. Remember, that has your back, blending professionalism and years of experience with a friendly vibe. So, get started today and embark on your exciting college journey.

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