Here's the Plan - Make life after high school a success
Any new adventure requires advance planning. But if your idea of advance planning is deciding what to do this Friday night, you might find yourself shortchanged when it comes time to go to college. After all, who has the time to plan for the future between homework, after-school practices, jobs and social life? That's why we're here to help you get the most out of your high school years and prepare for the future. The list below maps out what you need to do each year of high school to put you on the path to sucess.
- Sign up for the PSAT test begin studying.
- Make sure you are on the most challenging academic track you can manage - it could go a long way toward earning more scholarship money.
- Expand involvement in clubs and community services and seek out leadership roles.
- Begin doing more research about prospective colleges and potential scholarship opportunities.
- Attend area college fairs.
- Take the PSAT.
- Begin studying for the SAT or ACT test.
- Discuss college finances with parents and begin gathering information on financial aid.
- Begin talking with teachers, advisers and other adults about writing college recommendations.
January/ February/ March
- Take SAT (January).
- Take ACT (February).
- Begin submitting applications for scholarships.
- Identify colleges with programs and majors in which you are interested.
- Schedule college visitis for spring break.
- Begin assembling your resume, including extra-curricular activities, honors and volunteer work. April/ May
- Take advantage of another chance to improve your SAT or ACT score try retesting.
- Contact the Office of Admissions at the schools in which you are interested and request applications as well as information on financial aid.
- Check academic, requirements for college programs in which you are interested in case you need to pick up classes during summer school.
- Meet with guidance counselor to plan senior schedule.
- Athletes should register for with NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse.
- Apply for summer jobs, internships, and volunteer opportuniites.
- Study for your finals!
June/ July/ August
- Yet another chance to improve your SAT/ACT test scores (June)!
- Request brochures from colleges you are considering.
- Narrow your list of prospective colleges and contact the schools' admission offices to schedule a campus tour and an interview with an academic adviser or faculty member.
- If you've already made a school choice, submit an early decision application.
- Begin writing drafts for college applications essays.