Rising Senior: How to Prepare for College

Rising Senior: How to Prepare for College
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    As a high school student finishing up your junior year, you are just months away from completing your secondary education and are about ready to turn a new chapter in your life.

    That chapter may include beginning work, joining the military or attending college.


If college is your choice there are several steps you can take between now and the start of your senior year. Follow these steps and you will have more time to enjoy your final year of high school.

Take the SAT

You have taken the PSAT, but what about the SAT? The SAT is open to junior year students, especially those that are nearing the end of their next to last year of high school.

No worries about not getting the highest grade possible. Likely, you will take the test at least twice with your highest score counted. Take it in your junior year and again early in your senior year to get it out of the way. You will be glad that you did.

Identify and Visit Your Colleges

You probably have several colleges on your dream list at the moment. Well, those dreams need to be confirmed or dashed, something you can do this summer. Yes, schedule several campus tours and have these completed before you start your senior year.

A campus visit can give you a good feel for the school, although stopping by in the summer won’t offer the same experience as visiting in the fall or spring when a full contingent of students are present. Still, you will be able to visit most buildings, talk with an advisor, see the dorms and inspect the area. Summer is usually ideal for families anyway, enabling Mom, Dad, and your siblings to join you.

Get Some Work Experience

You probably won’t get career work experience before you leave for college, but that doesn’t mean you cannot find work over the summer. Jobs of all kinds are awaiting high school students including lawn care, child care, swimming instructor, restaurant worker, you name it.

Your employment experience will put cash in your pocket, monies you can save toward a car, for college and to use for personal expenses. Working also gives you experience, something college officials consider when looking at your academic record.

Stay Well Read

Summer break means your mind can wander, not necessarily a bad thing, but it should not be a dominate thing either. You need to remain sharp as you head back to school this fall.

Keep your mind focused on your interests including your potential college major. Read magazines, newspapers, web stories and books related to your area of interest. You will become more knowledgeable and also feel prepared to take on your senior year.

Combatting Senioritis

Your final year of high school can put the squeeze on you. You may also find it hard to study as you anticipate the future. However, by tending to the previously mentioned tasks before you start your senior year, you will be better equipped to handle what comes your way. Including a bad, but wholly expected, case of senioritis.

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