Ready to get a jump start on your post high school plans? The four videos linked below will walk you through the process and help you get the ball rolling. Hope you find the beneficial and please don’t hesitate to reach out the Jessica in the College Career Center.
Step 1 – Post High School Options – https://youtu.be/qjndfPRq4zk
Step 2 – College Bound Students – https://youtu.be/sBX6AegnUp4
Step 3 – Apply to College – https://youtu.be/YskBLcCvrh0
Step 4 – Financial Aid – https://youtu.be/r8pdyGNMyAA
Next, check out this site for a fun and informative checklist into how to kick-start your college and career plans: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/college-prep-checklist.pdf
Here are some things more to consider:
Begin college selection process. Attend college fairs, financial aid seminars, general information sessions, etc., to learn as much as you can about the college application process. Make sure you are meeting NCAA requirements if you want to play Division I or II sports in college.
Junior year grades are extremely important in the college admission process, because they are a measure of how well you do in advanced, upper-level courses. Grades also are used to determine scholarships and grants for which you may be eligible. So put in the extra effort and keep those grades up!
- Meet with your guidance counselor to confirm your courses for your junior and senior years have the right balance of rigor and challenge to get into a competitive college.
- Step up your involvement in one or two organizations. It’s not the number of organizations you belong to, but that you have leadership experience that matters the most.
- Begin updating your resume and activities chart.
*Community service activities and hours
- Begin the career exploration process with some assessment tests.
- Take PSAT.
- Keep your focus on your grades. You’ll want your grades for this entire junior year to be as strong as possible.
- If you will require financial aid (and who doesn’t?!), start researching your options for grants, scholarships and work-study programs. Make an appointment with Jessica Auxier to find out more about all things college and career related, or scout out the many links from this website to explore and research on your own using the Internet.
- Look ahead to the spring and begin mapping out the dates for your other standardized tests: AP Placement Exams, ACT, SAT I, SAT II.
- Refine your choices of colleges by comparing and contrasting schools and attending college fairs.
- Get educated about admissions requirements for the college of your interest or NCAA requirements.
- Stay focused on grades. Colleges only accept C- or better.
- Begin to make a preliminary list of colleges you would like to investigate further. Surf the Internet and use the college resources in the guidance office or library.
- Schedule meeting with your guidance counselor to discuss possible college choices.
- Begin to focus on the key 10 colleges that are a good fit.
- Develop (if you haven’t already) a file for each of the schools on your list.
- Start learning about scholarships and grants.
- Register for the June SAT tests.
- Consider visiting some of the colleges on your list.
- Continue to evaluate your list of colleges and universities. Eliminate colleges from the original list that no longer interest you and add others as appropriate.Begin identifying teachers who may be willing to write recommendations letters for you.
- Begin reviewing for SAT/ACT.
Visit http://www.collegeboard.org/ and Naviance
- Take AP Placement Exams if you have taken AP courses.
- Push yourself hard to end the year with solid grades.
- Look into summer jobs or apply for special summer academic or enrichment programs. Colleges love to see students using their knowledge and developing their skills and interests.
- Visit colleges. Seeing the college firsthand, taking a tour and talking to students can be the greatest help in deciding whether or not a school is right for you. Admission offices employ their students to give tours and answer questions from prospective students and their parents.
- Continue to refine your list of potential colleges and universities.
- Begin preparing for the actual application process: draft application essays; collect writing samples; and assemble portfolios or audition tapes. If you are an athlete and plan on playing in college, contact the coaches at the schools to which you are applying and ask about intercollegiate and intramural sports programs and athletic scholarships.
- Complete the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse form if you hope to play Division I or II sports. (This form cannot be mailed until you finish your sixth semester of high school.)