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What are some things I should start doing as a high school senior in order to get prepared for college?

Interested in veterinarian technology and/or healthcare services.

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Aleksa’s Answer

Hi Bleu! I would try to start out with a job at a local animal shelter or non-profit helping animals. I would try this out for 3 months and then move to working in the healthcare field by going to your local Hospital or Urgent Care to see if they need volunteers. If you are looking for payment during this time before college, I would suggest working as a Pharmacy Technician. This way you would get hands on experience, you can add it to your resume, and you can figure out which one you like better. If you have additional questions let me know!
Thank you comment icon Thanks, can't wait to put this advice into action! Bleu
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Kelvin’s Answer

Hi there! I would absolutely encourage you to dive into volunteer work or community service. These experiences are a fantastic way to demonstrate your compassionate nature and your eagerness to lend a hand to others. If you are considering a career as a vet, why not spend some time at your local animal shelter? Giving your time and support there will not only show your love for animals, but it could also give your university application a significant boost.

In addition, when it comes to interviews, it's crucial to let your passion and enthusiasm shine through. This will help you stand out in a competitive crowd. Be ready to answer questions like, "Why are you drawn to healthcare services?" or "What steps have you taken to make your dream a reality?"

Lastly, having some experience in healthcare services can be a real plus. Whether you've assisted in a clinic or taken part in first aid training, these experiences can make your application even more appealing.
Thank you comment icon Loved reading this, thanks! Bleu
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Jennifer’s Answer

I completely support the excellent guidance you've received so far. However, I'd like to offer a slightly different perspective. Prepare yourself for a new chapter in your life - college, which may not have the same structure you're accustomed to. In my experience working with college students, I've often heard that high school didn't adequately prepare them for college life. Key areas of concern include time management, financial responsibility, and personal health and wellness. I encourage you to strive for self-sufficiency.

1. Create and stick to a budget that covers food, fuel, clothing, leisure, and other necessities. Whether you're planning to live in a dorm or an apartment, it's important to know how to prepare simple, nutritious meals. If you're unsure about what constitutes a healthy diet, take the time to research it now. Many students complain about the monotony of dorm food halfway through the semester, resorting to cheap options like mac and cheese and ramen. However, a diet solely consisting of these foods can negatively impact your health.

2. Understand what medicines or holistic therapies can be used to alleviate various symptoms. After a few months, many students fall ill due to the drastic lifestyle change that college brings. It's essential to know how to manage symptoms without overdoing it.

3. Learn how to do your laundry properly, including how often you should wash your sheets, towels, and other items.

4. If you're not accustomed to following a schedule, now is the time to start. You won't be in class all day or even every day, and this newfound free time can sometimes lead to unhealthy habits that disrupt sleep patterns and cause health issues over time. If you have a hobby, ensure you can continue it at school.

5. Organize your personal information - parent's details, bank account information, social security number (and its location), medical history, and a basic resume. This information will be needed from time to time, so it's beneficial to have it easily accessible.
Thank you comment icon Your advice was so helpful! Bleu
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Hanah’s Answer

Hello Bleu, if the fields of Healthcare and Veterinary Science pique your interest, it would be beneficial for you to select Biology as your major, especially if you're considering attending a community college. Gaining experience through volunteer work in these fields can provide valuable insights and confirm your passion for this line of work. Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any further queries.
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much, everyone's been saying science would be the best major for me, but no one's ever specified which type, not even my counselor. Bleu
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Molly’s Answer

Hi Bleu!

This is a great question. Simply answered, I would start to prepare yourself by stocking up on necessary items. If you are going to be attending an university that is quite a distance from your hometown, plan out where you are going to live as well as whom you're going to be living with. Along with that, plan out what you'll need for your dorm, as well as the necessary books and journals for your future classes. You should also prepare out a schedule for your following courses for the first year of college. For me, I had an extraordinary guidance counselor who helped plan out, not only my courses for the first year of college, but for all four years of college experience. Simply put, the more planning that you complete ahead of time, the less stress there will be down the road within your college experience.

I hope this helped, and good luck in your endeavors!

Thank you.
Molly H.
Thank you comment icon I appreciate your support, Molly Bleu
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