- Start off on the right
foot with your grades. Your grades do matter. Colleges look at your
overall GPA through all four years of high school
- Participate in
extracurricular activities. They're a great way to meet new people! Many
scholarship organizations consider a student's involvement in school
and community activities.
- Stay organized by using your planner.
- Get to know your teachers, counselors, administrators and take advantage of all the resources that are available in your school.
- Ask your parents and other
adults what they like and dislike about their careers. Find out what
type of training or education is required for each job.
- Many colleges require four
years of English, three to four years of math, science, and social
studies; two years of electives; and two to four years of foreign
language to be considered for admission. Work with your school counselor
to stay on track.
- Get to know the different
types of postsecondary institutions. There are colleges and universities
that offer four-year degrees and beyond as well as community colleges
and technical institutes that offer many different programs that can run
12 months to two years in length.
- Start developing an
activities portfolio to keep track of your participation in
extracurriculars. This will be a great resource when it's time to fill
out scholarhsip and college admission applications.
- Saving money is the best way to prepare for the cost of a college education.
- Think about what you like
to do, what you're good at and what you value most. Talk to your
counselor about assessments you can take to help identify a potential
- Compare college costs
- Talk to your parents about
your plans for the future. Discuss your personal and academic strengths
and how you plan to reach your career goals.
- Get in the habit of
reading in your free time. This will help you develop a strong
vocabulary, which is an important component in college entrance exams.
- Volunteer in your community. Many scholarships are awarded based on community service.
- Research colleges online and create a list of what you like most and least about each school.
- Become familiar
with the types of financial aid available for college. Financial aid
includes grants, scholarships, work-study and loans. Grants and
scholarships don't have to be paid back. Work-study enables students to
earn money by working part time on campus. Loans must be repaid.
- What subjects do
you like in school? Choices, the state's designated career-management
system, can help you search for careers related to those subjects. Find a
link to Choices, go to www.ICANsucceed.org.
- A majority of the
fastest-growing jobs require some type of postsecondary education.
Research careers to learn more about your options. Which jobs are in
demand? What type of education/training is required?
- If you're an athlete
hoping to play sports in college, it's important to plan ahead. Find out
what the academic requirements are in order to participate at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net.
- Your grades are important
but most colleges prefer students who challenge themselves with tougher
courses and earn average grades, than students who take easier courses
that will boost their GPAs.
- Meet with your school
counselor to select your classes for 10th grade. Choose your courses
wisely to stay on track to meet college admission requirements.
- Continue to research jobs related to your interests.
- Make the most of your summer.
- Work hard to keep your
grades high. Final exams will be coming up soon. Keep in mind grades do
matter in 9th grade for college admission.
- Do you have friends/family
members who are high school seniors? Talk to them about their plans for
next year. Ask them how they made their decisions and what was involved
in the college selection process.
- Learn about the world of work through job shadowing, volunteering or interning this summer.
- Cultivate relationships
with teachers, school counselors, coaches and community members. Some
could end up being sources for letters of recommendation when it's time
to submit scholarship and/or college applications.
- Start a summer reading list.
- Talk to your family members, friends, teachers, counselors and coaches about their college experiences.
- Make a list of colleges you're interested in research them online.
- This summer, participate in hobbies and activities related to your career interests.
- Don't be afraid to alter
your career goals as you learn more about yourself and the world of
work, but remember to keep your goals attainable.