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When is it okay to start looking ahead to college?

What is a way to prepare for college

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Emily’s Answer

You can start looking right now. If you have a particular career or interest in mind, look for colleges that are well known for those programs. This might help you get an idea of which colleges to start looking at. After you have narrowed your list, sign up to take tours of those colleges or speak with a counselor there if you are unable to take a tour. This will help you get an idea to see if that college will be the right place for you. When you speak to the counselor, you should also ask them how to stand out on your student application so that you are prepared when you apply.
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Kaidi’s Answer

I would suggest you sign up university tours and see what the school looks like. I signed up 5 university tours in my 10th grade. I am not vibing with all of them. So please check out the schools you are interested in and actually talk to the students there. In terms of preparing for college, you can do a strength test and a personality test called MBTI to see what roles you like the most.
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Ethel’s Answer

You can start looking into college now. It is never too soon to start. College will be a pivotal stage in your life. You want to make sure that you choose a school that works best for your finances, major area of study, and geographical location. The sooner you start looking into schools and taking campus tours the better you will be prepared to make an informed decision when it's time for you to go.

Schools have a lot to offer outside of your major coursework. You should start with making a list of things that are important to you. Then search for schools that are aligned with your goals. Once you have a list of schools, start scheduling campus tours. Go on the tours prepared with questions. Narrow the list down to three schools of interest and work hard in high school to make sure you meet the criteria to be accepted into that University.
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Diane’s Answer

It is never too early to start thinking about how you want to develop yourself and what you want to do. There are some very good careers that do not start with college education, so dig into your skillset first and decide if you need a 4yr degree, a 2yr degree or maybe want to go into a technical trade and pursue trade school. There are plenty of people who are not successful that went to college and vice versa, many very successful people who did not go or left college. Success and college do not go hand in hand... Perhaps start with some free online aptitude tests to figure out your strengths and direction.

Diane recommends the following next steps:

https://student-tutor.com/blog/top-career-tests-for-high-school-students/
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Eric’s Answer

It's really never too soon. If you feel strong about a particular endeavor or field of study, start exploring as early as possible. It will either increase your desire to pursue that field, or the exploration might open your eyes to something else, and that's ok too.
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