It's summer, and I know the furthest thing from your mind is school. But there are a few things that you can do to start preparing yourself for college. I know that you're probably thinking, "I'm still in secondary school." However, if you start planning now, you will be ahead of the game when applying for schools you want to attend and getting money for college.
So, how can you start the college preparation process this summer? According to the grade level you will be enrolling in this fall, here are a few pointers for you.
Did you know that this could be a good time for you to visit some of the colleges you are considering attending? Sure, you won't be fully immersed in the experience because students are on vacation just like you. But you can certainly visit the campus. So, consider taking some time this summer to visit a few of your top college choices. This will help you make your final decision when the time comes.
Now would be an excellent time to take inventory of all of your accomplishments. Are your grades where you want them to be? If not, how hard will you need to work in the upcoming semester to improve your cumulative GPA? Now would also be a great time to gather materials to help you prepare for the SAT and ACT tests. The library has these resources available for free. Or you can purchase them online or at your local bookstore.
Have you ever considered taking college courses to get you acclimated to college? Now is an excellent time to discover what classes you can take in the dual enrollment program at your local college. Try to ensure that these courses will transfer to the future college of your choice. Considering what clubs you should join in the fall would also be a great idea. Finally, don't forget to include volunteer activities this summer.
You have plenty of time before you have to commit to anything. However, it is a good idea to introduce yourself to the things required for college throughout your high school years. For instance, find out more about the PSAT test that you can take your sophomore year. Also, start thinking about what colleges you want to attend and what their requirements are. Currently, you have a clean slate. You can make a plan to get good grades, get involved in sports, and participate in extracurricular activities to increase your chances of getting into your school of choice.
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There is a long time before you have to make decisions related to college. However, it's never too early to start planning for your future. One consideration that may be pertinent is the high school that you plan to attend. Could attending a local magnet or private school enhance your educational preparation for attending college? This may be an excellent time to research high schools and compare them to your district high school to see the pros and cons. Perhaps you can convince your parents to move to the district. Or, if you can't move, you may be able to encourage your parents to help you attend the high school that will likely increase your chances of attending college.
These are a few tips that can get you on the road to success. However, did you know that I have more detailed information for you to improve your success? I have created the College Readiness 101 curriculum to help students from 8th-grade to 12th-grade prepare for college.
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