Junior Year

TO DO’S

FALL/Winter

College Planning

_______ Sign up for Remind! Ask Ms. Mellor for instructions.

_______Do you qualify for free and reduced lunch?  If so. consider joining SAIL

(Summer Academy Individual Learning) hosted by the University of Oregon

(must fill out application)

_______Become familiar with the Career Center Blog

_______Meet with your counselor about your coursework and college plans

_______Become or stay involved in extracurricular activities

_______ Have you completed Naviance? If not, get it done ASAP

_______Check college websites for admission requirements

College Search

_______Tour local campuses and visit non-local colleges during winter and spring breaks; consider campus size, location and academic programs

_______Try online college fairs and virtual campus tours (www.collegeweeklive.com , https://campustours.com )

_______Use college search sites to explore your college options (www.cappex.com )

_______Prepare your college list, and sort by reach, match and safety schools

Career planning

_______Attend a local career fair and/or a career technical education fair

_______Take an online career inventory to help connect your interests and skills with a career (https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/explore-careers )

_______Make a list of careers that may interest you and research the education level required for each profession

_______Talk with professionals in careers that you are curious about and ask about their work

_______Enhance skills that would be useful in a career or interest through your extracurricular activities

SPRING

College entrance exams

_______Register and take your first college entrance exam during spring semester so you can take it again fall of senior year, if you want

Academics

_______Prepare for Advanced placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams

_______Plan your senior year schedule with your counselor

_______Review your college preparation coursework and GPA with a college advisor

_______Create a list of teachers, coaches and other mentors who will be able to write personalized letters of recommendation

_______ Start gathering Letters of Recommendation

Prepare for Summer

_______Apply for summer jobs or internships (check the blog)

_______Seek volunteer opportunities in your fields of interest (Check the blog)

_______register for community college courses and earn college credit while in high school, also referred to as a concurrent/ dual enrollment

_______Review your SAT/ACT test scores

_______Plan a test preparation schedule if you plan to retake the exams (www.khanacademy.org , https://academy.act.org )

SUMMER

Collage applications season begins

_______ Check websites of colleges on your list, review admissions application process and timeline

_______Draft your application essays and/or personal statement; work with a college advisor for feedback (SAIL/ASPIRE)

_______Prepare a scholarship resume and/or “brag sheet” that includes all your non-academic activities and honors

_______Study for summer/fall college entrance exams (SAT or ACT) if you plan to retake them

_______Communicative with college admission representatives for questions you may have

College finances

_______Learn about the types of financial aid (https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/ )

_______Use FASFA4caster to see how financial aid can help pay for your education (https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fasfa/estimate )

_______Search and apply for scholarships (www.fastweb.com , www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org , www.scholarships.com )

_______Learn how money works; take a financial literacy course www.fdic.gov/moneysmart

_______Use the College Scorecard to compare costs, degree programs and outcomes for the schools you are interested in (https://collegescorecard.ed.gov )

_______Open a bank account and start saving money!

Interested in military academies or ROTC scholarships?

_______ All branches of the military are available in the Career Center once a month. Listen

for announcements on the intercom.

Need to improve your SAT/ACT scores?

_______ Register in April for the May/June SAT

_______ Register in April for the June ACT

Explore summer opportunities

_______ Look for a job, internships, job shadow, or volunteer opportunities

_______ Do something that will help you learn about a future career

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