College planning can and should start before junior year of high school. Learn how to get a jump start and plan ahead!
What You Will Learn in This Video
- The importance of grades, starting freshman year!
- The importance of school activities, volunteer work, and/or a job.
- Why you should get to know your counselor
- The importance of a plan!
College Readiness at Any Grade
It’s October and the school year is underway. No matter what grade your high school or even middle school student is, there are things to be thinking about.
- Keep them up. It is easier to keep a GPA high than try to raise it later. Seek out help if you need it. Get to know teachers
- Get Involved. Find an activity, in school or out that sounds interesting. Try some new things. Don’t create a laundry list, but do what you love and love what you do. Try some volunteer work that looks like fun. handsonportland.org is a great place to look.
- Get to know your counselor. You never know what cool opportunities come across their desk.
- By the end of this year, half your high school career will be over, therefore half of your cumulative GPA is in the books.
- Again, do what you love and love what you do.
- Talk to your counselor about any awards or contest you might have won or career exploration.
- Start a resume of activities, honors awards and work experience.
- Attend the college fair Nov 1-2 at the Oregon Convention Center. gotomyncf.com for the list of colleges that will attend and to register.
- Thinking about the performing or fine arts? Performing and visual arts college fair on Monday, October 28 at the Portland Art Museum. gotomypvafair.com.
- PSAT test this week (October)
- Make a plan for testing in the spring. ACT or SAT?
- Get to know teachers. You may need some recommendations for college applications.
- Have the “money talk”. Parents, what is your expectation financially or otherwise in regards to your child’s college. It’s not an easy talk but necessary.
- Visit colleges. There is a wide variety of colleges in Portland that can help identify the right fit of school.
- Summer of junior year, start looking at applications and work on the college essay. Make a goal to have it done before school starts senior year.
- Retake tests in the fall if necessary.
- Finish up college applications.
- Decide whether or not to apply early
- Request letters of recommendation if necessary and transcripts and test scores to be sent.
- File the FAFSA and any other financial aid forms necessary.
The college search and application process can be daunting, but with some advance planning, you can eliminate some stress!
See if Marie can help get your student pointed in the right direction with a 20 minute discovery call!