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when's the best time to prepare for college?

what are some ways to prepare for college?

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SHAMEKA’s Answer

Hi Chayce!

Kudos to you for thinking about your future! You're already taking the necessary steps in the right direction! High school is the perfect time to start thinking and preparing for college. Below are just a few things you can do to prepare!

Freshman year- Focus on developing good study habits, exploring things you enjoy doing, and making good grades! High school is fun - enjoy yourself!

Sophomore year - Continue to focus on maintaining good grades and developing those great study habits. (Academic success is the goal) Participate in school clubs/extracurricular activities. Why? This will help identify a few of your interest, build life/team skills, possibly pick up leadership opportunities, and learn time management - this is a must! (Plus, these look great on college resumes)

Junior/Senior year- Time to get busy! Hopefully the study skills you've been working on has and is paying off. Keep it up! Academics this year is a major focus. Begin meeting with your school counselor. Do you have a college in mind? They'll help point you in the right direction. From SAT/ACT test, to locating scholarships (there's plenty out there), to even ensuring you're taking the right classes to get prepared to start the application process, these are the years you should really be moving.

You've got this! You have a team here wishing you the best! Let's go Chayce!
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Ryan’s Answer

This varies from person to person. First, you can get involved with college while still in high school if your high school offers dual enrollment. More times than not these are virtual college classes with a community college during your junior and/or senior year. Dual enrollment also most times offers half off tuition to students dually enrolled. If you do not plan on doing dual enrollment, definitely begin thinking about college your junior year. Begin applying and visiting colleges you are interested in if you can. The sooner you get accepted to a college, you can begin looking for courses and get good chances at getting all the courses you want with the professors you want. Everything having to do with preparing to attend college courses takes awhile and is usually done very earlier before the classes actually begin. Do not wait. Get ahead! Good luck!
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Samantha’s Answer

The best advice I can give you is to prepare ASAP. This can mean to do it soon, not in a rush. Attend a volunteer program, internship, a contracting job and explore careers. Exploring jobs can give you a good understanding of what interesting in specific job fields. If this is not desirable, you can always do your own research every night on all the school websites you are interested in. Researching a schools site can increase your desire to become aware of what to expect while attending the major goal. I included the experience topic, as now employers seek YEARS of experience in your preferred career after graduating.
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Megan’s Answer

I would say anytime! It is not set in stone when you should. Remember, the more clubs, activities, work, or sports you are in looks marketable to colleges. You may feel like you are trying to impress them, but they are trying to impress you too. One thing I will tell you that I told my daughter was to work hard, but also remember to have some fun. You are only in high school once. :)
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Bob’s Answer

Start as soon as you can -get ahead id the pack with a simple plan that you can start to use and share.

The plan tocover the basics of what, when, where, why, who and how.

As you get closer to your decision you will update your plan with help from many.

This quick start will allow you to start to focus on your preferences and importantly will highlight Andy gaps you have to compete, finance or other.

Start now and share
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Dorina’s Answer

It's never too early to start.

1. Create a plan:
2. What courses have you taken or will be taking in high school freshman through sophomore year? Are any of them honors or AP courses? What extra curricular activities or sports are you involved in? Do you volunteer or have an after school job?
3. Visit websites and read literature on schools you are interested. Do you want to stay close to home? Start at a junior college to save money? Dorm at school or continue living at home? You can explore these options now by looking into schools that fit all options you may be interested in
3. Do you have an idea of what you want to major in? If multiple areas of interest are you going to narrow it down now or decide in college? If you are going devise in college is the college you are interested in have the multiple majors you are interested in? Another option is completing general ed at a junior college first and transferring after to take all your core courses at a university.
4. Is money a factor? Are you going to apply for scholarships? Be sure to review scholarships you are eligible for, what the criteria to apply is and what the deadlines are.
5. Continue developing and updating your plan. Narrow your choices by the beginning to mid of junior year. Also keep in mind to have a backup plan.
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Victoria’s Answer

Hi Chayce,

I would say you can start to prepare for college at any time! One skill that is hard when first moving away is time management. Once attending a college, you now make your own schedule and are responsible for much more. Learning how to manage time is a great skill to learn and take with you.
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Cindy’s Answer

The earlier you start preparing for college the better but don't feel like you are alone. There are tons of other high schoolers anxiously awaiting their first day of college and wondering what to expect. There are many things you may want to consider even as early as your Sophomore year. This is your time to explore different classes and electives to see what you're interested in. Also, make sure you talk with a guidance counselor to help write out a plan with steps on what you need to do to prepare for the SATs, explore your colleges of choice, and fill out college applications. You may also want to apply for scholarships and grants ahead of time as well.
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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for your question I do not think of anything specific you need to attend the college. My college days is one more the most memorable time in my life.
Below are you suggestions :
1. Review the syllabuses and scope of the subjects before the academic year start. Identify the subjects you plan to take in coming academic year
2. Enroll the subjects before the academic year
3. Join the orientation events held
4. Explore the key college facilities location, e.g. Lecture Halls, Libraries, administration office, etc.
5. Find out the any extra curricular activities you have interest to join.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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Maria’s Answer

In your junior year of high school I would meet with your counselor. Also start to attend the college night that your school puts on or if you have a school or 2, 3 that you are interested in, start to follow them as a lot of schools come out to the general areas of high schools and hold school fairs. Start following your schools on Twitter, Instagram or FB. Look for their tours and sign up. What you see online, may not give you that same feeling in person at the school We drove my son to the University of Alabama for a tour and it was on the top of his list. We left after the tour. 4 hour drive for a 2 hour tour and it was immediately off his list.

Maria recommends the following next steps:

Sign up for college tours
Go to your high schools college nights
Check into Financial Aid
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Shannon’s Answer

To add to Shemeka's excellent rundown on preparing for college, it helps to have an idea of the area you think you'll want to major in at college. It doesn't need to be exact. What helps is to know if it will be a liberal arts degree ( history, literature, writing, philosophy, sociology, psychology, creative arts and more) or if Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is your thing. Why is that important? In high school you start out by taking the basics like Algebra and Geometry. In your junior and senior year you may have an opportunity to take more advanced classes preparing you for college like Calculus. You don't want to waste valuable time taking advanced STEM if your focus is on a liberal arts degree. If you have an idea early on, then go to the college websites and look at their class curriculum. If your goal is to attend one of the more elite colleges then having extracurricular activities will help to be considered for admittance. Extracurricular activities help as well to apply for merit scholarships. If you have a school counselor, they will be an excellent resource. Wishing you the best.
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Amanda’s Answer

hello,

I think the best time to prepare for collage is the start of 11th grade.
If you are going straight after high school.
That way it gives you time to visit schools you are interested in.
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Jenny’s Answer

Jr. year don’t do the mistake everyone does. Jump right into it right after HS. Remember to put in the work so your able to be were you want to be 20 years down the road.
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