For high school students interested in pos-tsecondary education, it pays off to start planning early for college. Here are some ways students can set themselves up to achieve success in college:
- Foster Good Habits – Since college is more academically demanding, students who develop good study habits in high school are more likely to be able to meet those challenges.
- Stay Active – Colleges look for applicants who are successful outside the classroom too. Volunteering or other extracurricular activities give students the opportunity to develop other characteristics like leadership.
- Take AP Classes – Advanced Placement (AP) classes prepare students for college-level coursework and, in many cases, provide students with college credits.
- Research and Visit Schools – The junior year high of school is time to start researching schools and possibly scheduling a campus visit. While visiting, students can get a feel for the campus atmosphere. If a visit isn’t possible, students can still attend informational sessions and talk to recruiters.
- College Entrance Exams – Junior year is also a good time to start preparing for the SAT or ACT college entrance exams. Taking these standardized tests the junior year or early senior year gives time for students to retake those exams if necessary.
- Apply for Admissions and Financial Aid – It’s important for high school seniors to fill out college applications and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) as early as possible. Most federal funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
High school students can also get a jumpstart on college success by contacting Rebecca Carroll. Rebecca is a certified college success coach who is passionate about helping high school students achieve their educational and career goals.