Plan for College

Early preparation will help you greatly in positioning yourself to get into your college of choice. We recommend that you start as early as the freshman. It’s not too late, however, if you are in your junior or senior year of high school. You can still choose, apply and be accepted to the college best for you if you plan carefully. Regardless of the grade you are currently in, there are general guidelines for college plan to remember:

  • Meet all required coursework. Keep in mind that even though they may not be required for high school graduation, most colleges require at least three, and often prefer four, years of studies in math, English, science, and social studies. In addition, most colleges require at least two years of the same foreign language.
  • Take honors-level courses & maintain good grades. Your grades are important but the difficulty of your coursework can also be a significant factor in a college’s decision to admit you. In general, most colleges prefer students who challenge themselves with tougher courses, even if they earn only average grades, than students who opt for easier courses that will boost their GPAs. Honors and advanced placement (AP) courses are often weighted more heavily than other courses in calculating a student’s grade point average. College admission officers will pay the closest attention to your GPA, class rank, AP and other honors-level courses.
  • Participate in extracurricular activities. Activities that require time and effort outside the classroom (such as speech and debate, band, communications, and drama) indicate that you are a well-rounded individual with many interests and a willingness to cooperate with others, putting forth the effort needed to succeed. Volunteering at various organizations within the community can also be beneficial, giving you a chance to gain experience in and observe various work environments, while showing others your ability to reach out to those in need.
  • Plan a career. Choosing a career can be difficult, but by figuring out what you most enjoy and what skills and abilities you have, you’ll get a better idea of the careers in which you are most interested and their corresponding majors. Having this information in mind will help you decide which colleges are right for you. To take concrete steps to determine your goals and career, examine your values (what values are most important to the way you conduct your life?), your interests (what kinds of subjects are you interested in the most?), your personality (what kinds of personality traits do make yourself?), and your skills (what kinds of abilities have someone complimented you?). Such criteria (VIPS) are significant whether you’re choosing a major or a job.
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