How Juniors Can Prepare for the Next Big Step

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High school juniors have an exciting and crucial year ahead as they gear up for college. Here are some steps they can take to prepare:

  1. Focus on Academics: Junior year grades are essential for college admissions. Work hard and aim for strong grades. Consider challenging yourself with advanced courses if you can handle them.
  2. Standardized Tests: Start preparing for standardized tests like the SAT or ACT. Consider taking practice tests to familiarize yourself with the format and identify areas for improvement.
  3. Research Colleges: Begin researching potential colleges or universities. Look into their programs, campus culture, location, and admission requirements. Create a list of schools that align with your interests and goals. One of my favorite resources is here:
  4. Extracurricular Activities: Engage in meaningful extracurricular activities demonstrating your interests and strengths. Leadership roles, community service, clubs, sports, or part-time jobs can all make your application stand out.
  5. Build Relationships: Develop relationships with teachers, mentors, and counselors who can provide guidance and write recommendation letters for college applications.
  6. Visit Colleges: If possible, visit colleges to get a feel for campus life. Attend college fairs or information sessions to gather more information.
  7. Financial Planning: Start researching scholarships, grants, and financial aid options. Understanding college’s costs and financial aspects early on can help you and your family plan accordingly.
  8. Prepare for Essays: Begin brainstorming and drafting college application essays. Consider your unique experiences and aspirations and start framing your personal story.
  9. Stay Organized: Keep track of application deadlines, required documents, and other essential information. Staying organized will help manage the application process effectively.
  10. Self-reflection: Take time for self-reflection to understand your interests, strengths, and goals. This will help in making informed decisions about college and future career paths.

Remember, the college application process can be challenging, but staying proactive, organized, and focused on your goals will set a solid foundation for a successful transition to college. Contact [email protected] for an appointment

Gerene Keesler

Gerene Keesler

Enthusiastic, Student Affairs and College Counseling professional providing over 20+ years of superior customer service and academic advising, admissions, and career coaching.

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