High school seniors aren’t the only students that should prepare for college. There are many things that juniors can do to prepare for college to help them get a jump of the scholarship and college application process.
Prepare for College
1. Remember that organization is key to efficiency. Create a schedule that will help you stay on task with your goals. Create a deadline calendar for scholarships to which you’d like to reply. Keep all of your awards, community service records, and other accomplishments in a folder.
2. Build strong and healthy relationships with your teachers. You will need some good recommendation letters for the colleges that you apply to your senior year.
3. Not all scholarship websites are good. We found great website reviews created by U.S. News & World Report and scholarships.net that can help you figure out which scholarship websites are helpful.
Fall College Preparation
1. Enroll in AP or dual credit classes. They look good on transcripts and, if you do well, you can get college credit. Make sure that you take a load that you can handle. I have met many students that end up miserable because they take too many AP classes at one time.
2 . I doubt you need to be reminded of this, but make sure you are paying attention to your GPA and class rank. Ask your school counselor if you don’t know.
3. An important way to prepare for college is to create your college resume.
4. Ditch your goofy email address you created as a kid. Create a professional one on websites like gmail or yahoo. For example, if your name is Sue Cho, you can simply create an address like “firstname.lastname@example.org.”
5. Begin researching your top schools. Some people start with potential majors to narrow down the school selection. Regardless of your method, it is important to find schools that fit you well. Try to select five to ten schools that you think will fit you well.
6. Start researching potential scholarship opportunities.
7. Research ACT and/or SAT dates for the upcoming spring. Go ahead and sign up and put the date on your calendar. Come up with a preparation plan.
Spring College Preparation
1. Begin preparing for the SAT or the ACT. There are many schools and tutors that you can pay to help you prepare. You can also find many free online SAT prep resources
2. A very obvious but important thing you need to do to prepare for college is take the SAT and/or the ACT.
3. Narrow down your college list to a manageable number.
4. Make two or three college visits to give you a more tangible idea of what you are looking for in a school. You’ll have more time your senior year to make visits.
5. Begin applying for scholarships.
6. Organize a community service project for spring break and invite your friends to participate. Not only is it a great way to use your resources to help others, college admission counselors will love your initiative, leadership, and servant mindedness.
Summer College Preparation
1. Use your summer to prepare for college by building your resume. College admission counselors love to see community involvement. Check out local nonprofits for which you can volunteer regularly. Don’t just volunteer to build your resume. Make sure you take time to learn from the people you are helping. It could change your life.
2. If you need to retake the SAT or the ACT, begin researching test dates for the upcoming fall.
3. Don’t forget to keep applying for scholarships.
4. Get ahead of the game by applying early decision to one or two of your top schools. You will be happy to get those two out of the way.