Looking Ahead: Applying to Post-Secondary

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Sarah Nantais

Sarah Nantais

Sarah Nantais is a Virtual Help Desk Navigator at Campus Manitoba. She contributes to "The Navigator," our monthly blog focused on student life.

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Graduation is closer than you think!

Once your high school journey comes to an end, you might be wondering what’s next. Being in your final, senior year can feel intimidating and overwhelming. Depending on what kind of grades you’ve been getting you might be feeling really good – or really not-so-good. The best part about being at this stage of life is that you have a lot of options. Maybe you don’t want to apply to university or college and plan to work right out of high school. Perhaps you plan to take that coveted ‘gap-year’ and travel around the world. You’ve got so much time to figure it all out so don’t rush.

If you’ve got post-secondary education in your sights, then this is something you need to pay attention to. If you want to make sure that you’re getting your ducks in a row then listen (read? look?) up!

Things to Consider

What career do you want to have when you’re done school? What education do you need to achieve that? This is something you totally need to think about before you start applying to school. If you’re not sure which school you want to go to, but you know what career you want to have when you’re done, you should check out the list of careers at Set Your Course. You’ll find out all kinds of information like what kind of money you’ll make, what you’ll actually do at that job and a list of where in Manitoba you can get the education to make this dream a reality. Maybe there’s a program at a school that wasn’t even on your radar before. It’s important to review all the resources you have and these research skills are totally going to help you when you start in post-secondary.

Other things to consider: How much is this going to cost you? How are you going to pay for it? Where are you going to live? The list goes on and on and on. Kind of like your dad when he tells you to clean up your room.

What career do you want? What education do you need to achieve it?
Check out setyourcourse.ca for career information and education pathways in Manitoba.

Applying to University and College

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Which way will you go?

So you’ve decided to apply to university or college. There are twelve major institutions in Manitoba that you can take a look at. Each of them has their strengths and weaknesses so it’s important to research each of them when thinking about your end goal. Once you’ve decided on which school you want to attend, you need to narrow it down even further by looking for the program that will fit your needs. We know, we know. We’re asking you to do a lot of work when you’re already stressing out about the assignments and tests that already occupy your brain space. Trust us, schools know that you don’t have time to go digging and they’ve made their sites pretty easy to navigate.Once you’ve figured that part out, you need to worry about how to actually apply. There are different rules depending on what stage of your life you’re in. Since you’re probably still in high school, your admission requirements will be different from what they would be if you had been out of high school for five years.Do you need a copy of your transcripts? Are there supporting letters you need to write? Some programs and faculties will ask you to provide supporting letters from professionals like teachers and counsellors in your life. This is where checklists can swoop in and literally save your life. Review the admission requirements for the school you want and make a checklist out of it. This way you can tick off what you’ve completed and easily see what you need to get done. Check out each school’s admission criteria:

The Key To Success

This is your life. When you’re thinking about what school to go to or what job to aim for, you need to consider your wants and needs. If you haven’t already, now is a great time to sit down with the important people in your life and tell them what you want for your future. All our parents, grandparents, guardians, friends and other family have hopes and dreams for us. It’s crazy-important to listen to your own desires and share that excitement with the people who care about you. These people are going to be the ones who support you while you’re in school and chasing your dreams. Wouldn’t it be great to have them on your team right at the beginning?

About “The Navigator”

“The Navigator” is a monthly blog about student life by the Campus Manitoba Virtual Help Desk. Check back monthly to find more tidbits of wisdom with “The Navigator”. You’ll be sure to find all kinds of information that will help you be successful in your educational journey. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more news and information!