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How to prepare for college?

I am a senior in high school

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Chirayu’s Answer

Preparing for college involves several steps, including researching colleges, meeting with your guidance counselor, preparing for standardized tests, applying to colleges, applying for financial aid, getting involved in extracurricular activities, and staying focused on your academics. To successfully prepare for college, it's important to stay organized, start early, and seek guidance and support from trusted resources.
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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Isaiah:

High School is a great time to learn, explore, develop, and dream. When you start your freshman year, you may not know where you want to go to college or what you want to study. But there are things you can do that will move you towards being ready to select, apply, and be accepted to a great college. You need to be prepared for the challenges you will face once you arrive and start your college education. Below are a few tips to help you prepare for success in college. Best of luck to you!

• Start Planning for College Now!
• Take the Right High School Classes to Prepare for College
• Get Involved in Extracurricular Activities
• Keep an Extracurricular Record
• Get to Know your High School Guidance Counselor
• Build Relationships with Mentors
• Work on College Readiness Life Skills
• College Visits - Schedule a College Campus Tour
• College Entrance Exams - Make a Plan
• Create an Organization System
• Apply for College Admission, Financial Aid and Scholarships

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

How to Prepare for College • https://www.up.edu/ready-for-college/how-to-prepare-for-college.html
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Fernando’s Answer

Get as much info as you can about the college you wish to attend to. Things like curriculum, pricing and post graduate aids are things to keep in mind when going to college. Seeing what scholarships they offer, as well as getting a good beat for what life on campus is like. Personally the most important thing when preparing for college is trying to keep a calm mind. Don't go in thinking that you need to get perfect grades and graduate as fast as possible. Take it easy, give yourself some breathing room and tackle the challenges at your own pace. If at some point in your studies you feel like your chosen field isn't clicking with you, feel free to talk with a counselor and see if there's another field you feel more passionate about exploring.
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Kaitlyn’s Answer

Reach out to your guidance counselor to ask for a one on one session with them. More than likely, they'll be able to present you with information geared towards the degree you are seeking. If you are undecided in what you want to be, I highly recommend going to a Junior College first. You can figure out what you want to do and won't have to spend a four-year college tuition.

If you do know what you want to do, start googling best colleges in your state, that offer the best program. Other factors to consider are athletics, school reputation, location, distance from family and friends. Take all of those items into consideration when selecting a college.

Good luck!!
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Kathryn’s Answer

As a senior, you should be applying for scholarships, narrowing down your list of college choices, taking the ACT/SAT, and preparing to submit your college applications. I would recommend discussing your college choices with your Guidance Counselor or favorite teacher. I would also ask for help with your college applications. Here is a link on preparing for college: https://myfuture.com/college/planning/college-planning-timeline?gclid=Cj0KCQjw8qmhBhClARIsANAtbofCA2FO5pDG0nvxBENxsLANemPXXSYnaBextHWnrhc4UfdA6Aem_ZsaAqwlEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds. Best of luck to you!
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Adrian’s Answer

There are a number of things that need to be done before starting college, so getting a head start is crucial. Some advice on getting ready for higher education:

Start thinking about where you want to go to college around your junior or senior year of high school. Consider the location, size, pricing, and extracurricular offerings of potential schools to ensure a good fit with your interests and academic objectives.

Take advanced classes; universities value applicants who push themselves intellectually. Choose challenging classes and aim for a high GPA in high school. To jumpstart your college preparations, you may choose to enroll in certain AP or dual enrollment courses.

Prepare for standardized tests: the SAT or ACT is often required for admission to four-year institutions. You should take these exams in the spring of your junior year or the fall of your senior year of high school. If you want to do better on your examinations, you can think about taking a course or doing some practice tests.

Participate in extracurricular activities; colleges value students who have a wide range of interests and skills. Participate in community activities, donate your time, and join groups that share your interests.

College is costly, so it's smart to start saving as soon as possible. Find sources of financial help including scholarships and grants, and think about getting a part-time work to supplement your income.

The best way to learn about a university is to go visit its campus. Talk to current students and the admissions office personnel, and check out the school in person by going to a college fair or taking a campus tour.
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TRAVIS’s Answer

If you have completed any duel credit courses great! If you havent that is fine. There is something called the CLEP test. If you score 50% on most of them you get college credit for the course. Most of the courses are the college basics. It will save you time and money to complete a few of these. The tests costs about $80-100. Check with the college you will be attending to make sure they accept CLEP credits (most do). If you are gifted in a particular subject, it might be a good way to save money and time by completing the basic required credits via CLEP. Also if you have the chance to get a student worker job at your college if it is a state university the time you work usually will carry over to your retirement if you continue on in a state agency after you graduate. Also student worker jobs are an excellent entry point to getting a job at the college later on. Also once you get your syllabus for your classes, go immediately to the college library and see if the books needed for those classes are available to check out. You will save loads of money doing this. Books are expensive, just be sure to recheck them out so you dont get late fees. Try your best to get into internships during the summer breaks with companies. It will be a big help to you once you graduate.
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Kathryn’s Answer

Hello Isaiah,

Let's start with basics. First, as a senior in HS, you are preparing for your big day, HS graduation. Focus on finishing strong. If you are beginning your search for colleges, consider your Grade Point Average (GPA), extra-curricular activities or hobbies and leadership positions you may have held. These will come in handy on your college applications. If you are undecided about what major to pursue, it's okay to take some time to figure that out. Maybe working for a summer or a year will help you. Just because your friends may be going into college next fall doesn't mean that's the path you have to choose. Don't rush to failure! As someone else suggested, taking some courses at a local community college or junior college is always a good idea, not only to save money, but also to knock out some of the core classes such as English and Math. The core classes will be required and will transfer to any college or university with a C or higher. I've included a couple of helpful links as you contemplate your next move. You will find dates for SAT/ACT testing in the college board link and student financial assistance in the student aid link. If you are applying for FA, it's better to do it now, even if you don't know which colleges you are considering, or you are unsure if you are pursuing college now. You're parents will need to help you with that step. Good luck and reach out again if you have other questions.


https://www.collegeboard.org/

https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa#deadlines
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