Plan for the year ahead
Prepare for Tests
- Meet with your guidance counselor to discuss your college plans. Review your schedule with him or her to make sure you are enrolled in challenging classes that will help you prepare for college. Colleges prefer four years of English, math, history, science, and world language.
- Map out a course plan for your junior and senior years
- Get more involved with extracurricular activities
- Volunteer! Colleges love to see students who have volunteered their time to help others. (One survey even stated 1000 hours of community service during high school was valued as highly as scoring a perfect score on the SAT!)
- Go to college fairs in your area
- Plan to take the PSAT in October (usually the second Wednesday in October). Registration for the PSAT begins in early September
- Check off "yes" for the Student Search Service when taking the PSAT. You will then begin receiving mail on colleges and scholarships.
- When your scores from the PSAT come back in December, use the information to help improve your skills.
Learn About Colleges
Extracurricular Activities and Community Service
- Use your Naviance account to learn more about colleges
- Check out the "About Me" section of your Naviance account.
- Talk to friends who are home for the weekend or holiday
- Learn about college costs and how financial aid works
Your out of school activities can show colleges:
- Get involved!
- Colleges want to see a commitment to and a passion for an activity outside of the classroom.
- When you find something you like to do, stick with it. Colleges would rather see you are committed to something rather than see you've dabbled in a lot of things
You've made a meaningful contribution to something
You can maintain a long term commitment
You can manage your time and priorities
Keep working hard! Your grades are the most important part of your college application.
- Gaining work experience can help you identify career interests and goals, gain work experience, and apply classroom learning to the real world.
- Working is a great way to save money for college
- You can also gain skills and experience through volunteer work, such as tutoring other students or helping out at a nursing home.