From the ages of 13 to 18, you can always prepare yourself for further education. We've outlined best practices for focusing on preparation for college! No matter the grade you are in, here's a helpful guide for each school year!
Students in 7th to 9th Grade:
- Develop a foundation of good study habits to prepare you for the high school workload.
- Begin thinking about interests and skills you may want to pursue towards a concentration.
- Discuss majors, minors, concentrations and interests that you would want to focus on in high school.
- Continue to open your mind to high school electives to peak your interests and discover your passion.
- Analyze your high school plan and select classes that you can handle.
- Take the initiative to involve yourself in after school activities such as; sports, clubs, community service, and tutoring.
- Research Summer Enrichment Programs that could help guide your career path, allow you to experience college life, and try a variety of new classes.
Students in 10th Grade:
- Assess your skills, interests, passions and goals as you begin to explore colleges, universities and a career path.
- Register for classes that will prepare you for the College Admissions test. Start getting ready for your SAT’s with after school or summer prep classes.
- Establish communication with your parents, guidance counselors and influential teachers; they are a great source of advice.
- Speak with friends about their college goals and aspirations.
- Use the summer as a time to explore different disciplines. Research specialized programs such as; Art, Architecture, and Model UN, or College Credit courses to help steer your career path!
Students in 11th Grade:
- Begin to take practice tests for your college requirements.
- Register for the College Admissions Test in your area.
- Develop a college plan based off research for your top 5 to 10 schools.
- Attend college fairs in your area and at school.
- Apply for any scholarship options that might be available to you.
- Build your resume by applying for internships. Internships are a great resume builder and can really help guide your college major choices.
- Spend the summer writing college application essays. If you know what school you want to go to, look into what essays and other application materials they require to apply to their school.
Students in 12th grade:
- If you haven’t already applied to schools and been accepted, doing so as early in the year as possible.
- The summer after graduating is still a great time to do an internship. Even if you are already accepted into a school, you can still use the summer to develop new skills and get ready for college.