What exactly should you do at 15 to give you a good start for college?
I'm not exactly sure about what I want to do but all I know is that I want to be rich and successful and to be known. #buisness #wealthy #rich #independant #financially stable #marketing #career-paths #education
Vive recommends the following next steps:
First -- it's smart to be thinking about this now. The earlier the start, the more prepared you will be. Here's are some things to think about:
Your grades -- naturally, this is a big part of getting into the school you'd most like to attend. Invest in doing your absolute best in every class. Seek out extra help if you need it. Most teachers want to give you all the extra help you need.
Your extra-curricular activities -- colleges today want to see beyond what kind of student you are. They want to know where and how you spend your time and what you learned from those experiences. Anything from choir to sports to volunteering help them see who you are and what matters to you.
Money -- unfortunately, college is expensive, no matter where you go. But you can earn a ton of money in scholarships if you apply yourself. Being ready financially is as important as being ready academically.
Recommendations -- You'll want to have a few letters of recommendation from teachers, business people in your community, your boss if you have a part-time job, etc. Start thinking about who would be a good source and cultivate a relationship with them so they know you well enough to write a stellar review.
Anthony Sharp - The Edutainer (HE He/Him/His)
I applaud you for starting to plan early. A great thing to do is volunteer to gain some community involvement and start building your resume.
Check out www.volunteermatch.org and search organizations in your area based on your interest.
Take some career assessments to see what you are interested in majoring in.
Once you solidify your major, research schools that have that major.
Research those colleges and select the one that best meets your needs. Once you secure a school, find out their requirements and begin working on preparing for the admissions process
Hope that helps
Good for you in that you are so driven at such a young age! Instead of reiterating what other excellent advice you have been given, I'm going to answer this with some different ideas to only enhance a typical journey to college and career path.
One of the good things about the pandemic has been the explosion of so many online courses you can take to learn in depth about your interests in marketing etc. Most can be completed on your schedule so they allow for flexibility. My teenage son last summer took a free HarvardEx online course relating to architecture and I'm sure you could find a topic that would interest you and broaden your learning in that area.
LinkenIn is another great tool to get your name out there, where you can tell your story and have people notice you. You can make your profile as brief or as detailed as you want it. It's a wonderful way to connect with employers of local companies and talk directly to them through messaging etc. Many companies offer unpaid internships for young adults and if you really connect with someone, they could end up being an amazing mentor. People love to talk about what they do and offer help!
Keep your grades up as I have learned through my two boys who have applied to college, many schools offer merit scholarships in addition to financial aid. When choosing the two high school teachers who will write your college recommendation letters, make sure they know you well and can add personal anecdotes to the story they tell about you to admissions officers. I agree with one of the previous comments in that it doesn't matter where you go to college, it's what you do when you're there and what you do with your degree once you graduate.
I understand your goal of being wealthy and successful however always stay humble and understand that the true benefit of being wealthy is that you have personal financial freedom.
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