Tips for College-Bound High School Juniors

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The new school year has begun! I am a few weeks into my junior year in high school, and as excited as I am to head to college, I know there is still a lot left for me to do. If you are like me, then check out these important tips!

  1. Prepare for and take standardized tests- Colleges almost always require, or at least recommend, taking the SAT and/or ACT. Make sure to sign up for them! And Google a prep class in your area, buy a prep book, or use some of the many resources online specifically for standardized test preparation. It is one of the most important parts of your resume. Ask your school counselors if you should take SAT Subject Tests, and where to begin in that process.
  2. Research the specifics about different colleges- Decide what it is you are interested in, then use that to see which schools have good programs for it. From there, decide what it is about a university that is important to you: is it Greek life, location, school size, sports, religious affiliation, or campus design? Look for a school that has what you want,  then see if you are a candidate for financial aid or scholarships. Use junior year to do all this research, because in the summer and fall of senior year you will apply.
  3. Get involved- If you have not been as involved outside the classroom as you could have been, use the time you still have in high school to find a club on campus or an organization in your community to get involved in. Colleges like to see a well-rounded student, not just one with great grades and scores.

This is a super exciting time, so enjoy the rest of high school. It takes work to be the best candidate you can be, though, don’t get discouraged!

You can find some links for SAT and ACT preparation on my Resources page.

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