How High Schoolers Prepare for an Informed College Education
Posted By: Anica Oaks on May 05, 2021 |
High school and college education play a critical role in determining one’s future. The kind of effort and time that you dedicate to preparing for college education will determine your college experience. Therefore, it is important for you to take necessary actions while in high school in order to prepare yourself for college. Below are some of the ways that you can prepare for an informed college education.
Consult With Your School Counselor
Your school counselor plays a critical role in determining the college you will attend. They are responsible for writing your recommendation letters, submitting your transcripts and all other documents that you may require to enroll for college. You therefore need to start interacting with your school counselor right from your freshman year in high school. Talk to them about your goals and career aspirations so that they advise you accordingly.
Start Researching Colleges
It is important for you to be aware of each college’s specific requirements so that you can make informed decisions concerning them. If possible, make a visit to those colleges so that you may experience at first hand the kind of student life that is there. This might also give you an opportunity to interact with admission counselors and have a discussion with them. You might also want to think about going to school online.
Online high school prepares students for life after high school. The curriculum will help you to excel academically and equip you with the requisite skills that come in handy in your college experience.
Engage in Volunteer Work and Community Service
Just like in the job market, your engagement in community service and volunteer work will give you an edge when applying to college. This is especially important when you are applying for a scholarship. In fact, college admission counselors advise students to start participating in volunteer work right from their freshman year in high school. You will get some work experience and social skills that will be of help in your college experience. Such activities also provide you with an opportunity to network, which is especially important in college.
Take Advanced Classes
It would be best if you take advanced courses while in high school. This will enable you to prepare for the rigorous course work that you will face in college. In addition, they come as an added advantage in your college application as it shows you took the most challenging courses available, which is a sign of college preparedness.
Remember, the choices and actions that you take while in high school have an impact on your college education. Therefore, take time and talk to your school counselor as well as doing your own research so that you are well prepared for college.
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