Advice for Juniors and Seniors Headed for College
If you’re planning on attending college, the road getting there is often filled with unexpected bumps and turns. Being organized and having a plan is half the battle. We share some insights below on things that can make the journey a bit lighter.
Check in with your guidance counselor
Your guidance counselor can help keep you on point with your college admissions process and ensure you’re on track to graduate with the right courses to meet your graduation requirements and look good on your college applications. Stop and check in to make sure you’re on the right path to achieving your goals, at the very minimum, each semester.
Set semester goals
Mapping out your goals each semester will help you know where you are headed. Goals can include your classes, the college admissions process and applying for scholarships.
Befriend your teachers
Start the semester out on a good note with your teachers and talk to them before, during (through class participation) and after class.
Remember, you’ll need teachers who know your unique personality when it comes time for recommendation letters, so getting to know each of your them on a personal level will certainly come in handy.
List out important deadlines, due dates and reminders in a calendar format.
Using a planner, an agenda, a calendar or your phone can assist you in keeping track of the important dates and deadlines from the syllabus you receive in class, to standardized testing dates, admission deadlines and scholarship reminders.
Set up a study routine
The key to this point is making your routine second nature. As you prepare to head to college, creating a study routine becomes increasingly important to your college preparations.
It’s important to colleges that you continue to challenge yourself throughout your junior and senior years of high school. This not only includes academics but extracurricular activities as well- high school clubs, part-time jobs and volunteer work.
Try to keep as busy as possible and remember that you want your college applications to be as full as possible. With that being said don’t join just to join – participate!
Work on college test prep regularly
Maintain a healthy regime of ACT/SAT prep. You can take a course in-person or online, utilize practice tests, books or questions at home or use flashcards on the go.
There are many ways to study. Simply choose whatever works best for you on any given day and stick with it!
Begin brainstorming college admissions essay topics
Whether you’re a high school junior or a senior, college admissions essays are coming. Start thinking – and perhaps even jotting down ideas for your college admissions essays.
Since you’re not sure of what the essay prompts may be, start with any unique experiences you’ve had, what defines you, what drives you and what type of career passions you’d like to pursue.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help along the way. Good luck in finding the college that feels like the right fit to you!