The College Checklist for High School Juniors
As the school year begins to wind down, high school juniors planning on attending college once they graduate should be thinking about the various tasks they need to complete in the next year.
Here is a list to consider as you finish up your junior year:
- Take and Prepare for the SAT or ACT
If you can, take the SAT or ACT or both before your junior year ends. Doing this allows you to see your possible weaknesses so you can study and prepare to take one or both in the fall of your senior year. You should take the SAT and/or ACT again if you did not reach your score goal the first or 2nd time you took the test. This would be in May and June.
At Advanced College Solutions, Inc., we offer classes to help you prepare for these college exams.
- Start Thinking About Possible Majors That Interest You
What is really interesting to you? What career do you see yourself involved in once you graduate from college? What are your personal interests? Answering these questions can narrow down the choices you have when it comes to a major in college. You don’t have to decide right now, but having a good idea about what you are passionate about can help trim your list of possible majors.
- Start Doing Research on Potential Colleges
Now is a great time to begin researching colleges that you are interested in. Check out the websites of these colleges, attend local college fairs, and if your high school has college representatives that come to your school for a presentation, sign up and see what the rep has to say. You can also check out the colleges’ social media accounts and, if you can, visit some of the colleges during Spring Break or over the summer.
- Begin Searching for Scholarships
There are many scholarships open to high school juniors, so start researching these opportunities and apply. In addition, you may find many scholarships that you can apply during your senior year, so keep some type of document that lists these scholarships and revisit it in the fall.
It is an excellent idea to spend your summer before your senior year in a worthwhile way. Look into internships and/or volunteering for an organization. By doing this, you will show the colleges you are motivated and serious about attending these universities. And, it looks great on your college application.
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