Preparing for college is a necessity if you want to find success! We all know high school is fun and time to experience a lot of new and amazing things, but it’s important to set aside time to work out your high school college prep plan. That doesn’t mean you’ve got to spend four years with your nose to the grind. But if you want to enjoy the rest of your life a little planning will go a long way! There are three main areas that you should focus on:

Academic Preparation

  •  Develop good study habits
  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT – it does help!
  • Always try to do your best in your high school studies
  • Prepare for the SAT/ACT
  • Take the SAT/ACT several times until you get the score you want
  • Gather all of your high school accomplishments into one amazing high school transcript

Life Preparation

  • Volunteer
  • Get involved in extracurricular activities
  • Determine your interests by asking yourself, “What do I love?”
  • Coordinate that interest with a career
  • Take high school courses that build on those interest
  • Learn how to wisely manage your time

Financial Preparation

  • Save for college while you can
  • Fill out the FAFSA- spring before fall semester is good
  • Apply for scholarships
  • Compare financial aid packages from all the colleges you’re interested in

Taking the standardized tests is a great way to take care of your financial need and prepare for college. For instance–do you or your students think the PSAT/NMSQT test is only a practice SAT and is no big deal?  False!  It is a HUGE deal because it can mean incredible scholarship offers for students if they qualify in their junior year.  Some perks are a full ride, free tuition, honors dorms, money to study-abroad, etc.  Every freshman and sophomore should take this test for practice; every junior should take it because it might result in MANY scholarship offers!


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