If your student is planning on applying to college, consider these three questions first:
This your opportunity to get involved. Find some extracurricular activities you feel like are fun yet productive towards your goals. A well formulated resume shows that you are making an impact on you high school community in some way outside of the classroom. Find something your can do after school and try to become part of their executive board or planning committee.
Yes, school clubs and organizations are a great to communicate this to college admissions officers, however, that’s not the only way. Look for opportunities in your community to help others or show your interest in a certain subject. Into animals? Volunteer at a local animal shelter! Want to become a teacher? Help out an after school program! These activities can also lead to great connections you can leverage in the future for recommendation letters.
Your guidance counselor is an important part of your high school career. This relationship can help in so many ways. They can help make the path towards success clearer and more defined for your specific institution. Maybe your school has a top Speech and Debate program. They would know best as they have often been working there for several years.
Stay tuned for part 4 of "Preparing for College: Freshman Year"
This post is part two of "Preparing for College: Freshman Year." Read part 1 here.
As we mentioned last time, your freshman year should be used to get comfortable with your new surroundings and set yourself up for success in the long run. Focus on the GPA and Resume aspect of our equation.
Three words: Get good grades. Set a goal early on in the year and evaluate often. Ideally, your goal would be to attain a 4.0 this year but everyone has their own standards of what is realistic. Work closely with your College Guidance counselors to help you choose classes that are challenging and appropriate for your skill level. Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Honors are options you can think about now, and engage in during sophomore year. Challenging courses are more impressive to college admissions officers. Period.
Stay tuned for part 3 of the "Preparing for College: Freshman Year" series.
Let’s face it, applying for college is intimidating. So I have come up with a simple formula to make it easier for folks to navigate the process. Additionally, this guide will go year by year into what students should do in order to make the college application process simpler and painless.
The formula is as follows:
GPA + Test Scores + Resume = College
So, for example, in order to get into a great college you will need a great GPA, great test scores, and a great resume. Yes, there are other things that you are required to do such as essays and letters of recommendation (I’ll go over this in future blogs), but the basics are those three areas stated above.
If you’re reading this, I imagine that either you or your student are heading into your freshman year of high school and wondering what you should do during this time to advance your goal of getting into a quality school. So listen up…
Your freshman year should be used to get comfortable with your new surroundings and set yourself up for success in the long run. Focus on the GPA and Resume aspect of our equation.
Next Time in our "Preparing for College: Freshman Year of High School" series, GPA.
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