In every aspect of human life, planning is necessary, this certainly applies to preparing for college.  Your final years in high school are the best time to plan and explore the possibilities ahead of you. During this time ask yourself important questions like where do you see yourself in 4 years, and what type of career would best fit your lifestyle. Be sincere in your answers as planning your future should be based on your true desire and passion. Consulting with a guidance counselor can prove to be helpful when choosing the best path to follow.

It goes with out question that maintaining excellent grades in high school is very important.  By the end of October, you should have registered for PSAT/NMSQT testing. This will assist you in gaining the knowledge required for SAT 1 and SAT II  This test will also qualify you for the National Merit Scholarship Competition.

General preparation tips for college:

Selecting a School:

  • With so many colleges around, you have a wide variety to choose from. This starts by attending college fairs and doing your research. Visit some campuses and find the one that appeals to you the most. Do research online, and talk with past and present students from colleges that you find interesting.   This type of research should give you a general feel for each college.

Career Selection:

  • This is even more important than the choice of school. Generally, it is recommended you go for a career that naturally appeals to you.  However, consulting a guidance counselor may provide you with options that you had not considered.

Preparing Your Resume:

Prepare a resume that highlights your personality outside of school. The college is already familiar with your academic excellence; they want to know your abilities and accomplishments beyond that.   Be sure to include the following areas below.

  • Community Activities
  • Community Service
  • Work Experience
  • Award and Recognition
  • Sports and Hobbies

Recommendation for Parents:

Some parents wonder if they have any say in their child’s decision on which college to attend.  The truth is, most students are looking for their parent’s input and respect their advise.  Parents should be supportive and respectful of their child’s interests and help guide them to the school that best meets their academic needs.

  • Show parental support for their quest to get a college education.
  • Attend presentations and seminars with them. Also attend as many college tours as you can.
  • Explore the internet with your child and assist with their research.

Planning for college should  begin early. Students need to assume the responsibility of achieving academic excellence throughout their entire educational experience.  The parents role is to ensure their child stays on tack through continual support and guidance.

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