Everyone has a College of their dreams that they want to attend. You might want to try out at one of the higher league schools, or you might be happy with a school that is smaller and less popular than the others. Regardless of which college that you decide to choose, you need to be prepared for the day that you are ready to attend the school of your choice.
1. Talk to your High School counselor about College.
These counselors are here to help you progress in your four years in High School. You can talk to them when you are having trouble keeping up with a lesson that is being taught, if you are having issues with another student, or if you just don’t know where to go once your days at High School are over. So if you aren’t sure where to begin your college and post High School life, then talk to your school counselor about it. They should be able to help you decide where you want to go next.
2. Talk to your counselor about creating a plan.
Most kids think about going to College two or three years into High School, but if you start early enough, you can create a four year plan that will almost guarantee that you end up at the College of your dreams once you graduate High School. These plans could include volunteer work that you do, extra studying, or even taking more classes to make your resume look good for when you are ready to apply to different schools.
3. Learn what you’ll need before applying to College.
College is the step you make to further your career of choice after High School. By this point, you will have talked to your High School counselor on what jobs and professions seem interesting to you, and you will have an idea of what career path that you want to take. Now, you need to find out what you should be studying. Your College is going to offer you everything you need to further your career, but you need to have some knowledge on the subject before going in. For example: If you want to be a doctor, then you should study more biology, science, and math in High School.
4. Learn about different Colleges and what they can offer you.
Like I mentioned above, every College is going to offer you the same subjects. The difference between them is the cost, the location, the living situation, the teachers and how they teach, and even the students that attend the school. You should always consider taking a field trip to your school of choice so that you can get to know the people who live, work, and go to school there. You can even attend one of the lectures that a teacher is putting on if you think it will help you make your final decision.
5. Get an internship.
A lot like volunteer work, Colleges love to see that you take an interest in something that you are not paid to do. You can sign up for almost any internship and it will immediately make your College resume look ten times better! However, the longer you stay at the internship, the better it will look. So if you are going to sign up for an internship, make it something that you don’t mind doing for a few years.
6. Improve your writing skills.
This has less to do with getting people interested in your College resume, and more with making your resume look nice. People are going to want to see all of the things that you have done, but if it is written out nicely, properly, and has an easy to read layout, you will have more eyes looking at it.
7. Improve your public speaking.
You might already be a perfect public speaker, but there is always room for improvement. With better public speaking, you can ace your interview with the College of your choice. And you will likely get in because they will see how confident you are.
8. Get ready to take lots of notes.
If you have never taken notes before, then now is a great time to start. These notes might help you when touring campus, or even attending your first lecture. You will need to learn how to take notes so that you can always keep a cheat sheet on what you need to remember. Everyone takes notes differently, so write down your notes in a way that you will remember what they were for when looking back on them later in life.
9. Think about getting a part time job.
College is expensive, this is something that we all know. You can help lower the cost by getting a part time job. But depending on where you work, the job that you are working at might even help pay for some of the learning cost when attending College because these jobs want you to progress further into a career with them. So if College looks out of the picture due to price, you can always get a job that might help you pay for it one way or another.
10. Manage your time so that you still have time.
This might be the most important thing I can tell you. This is a stressful time and it might seem like you have no free time to yourself. Take a breath and make sure to give yourself at least 2 days a week to rest so that you don’t overdue your brain. Don’t push yourself too far with the jobs, internships, school, or volunteer work. College doesn’t mean anything if you are too exhausted to learn anything and keep the information in your brain. Learning time management will help you live better.