Heading to College
It's my senior year of high school and college is right around the corner. I've been preparing for it for a long time now, and it seems like every emotion and thought has passed through me by this point. Here's some advice on how to prepare for college.

It's a good idea to go on college visits during your junior year because you'll have more time to make a decision without the pressure of time. If your high school brings in college representatives to speak about their college, take advantage!

The tough part comes your senior year. Fortunately, Kuder Navigator® outlines grade-specific tasks to help students stay on track. Read some of the suggested activities below.

Navigator's Career Planning Timeline 12th Grade Tasks

  1. If you are going for further schooling after high school, narrow your list to no more than three schools.
  2. Apply for admission to selected school(s).
  3. If financial aid is needed, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  4. Update your resume.
  5. Review sample plans of study.
  6. Review or update your education plan.
  7. If you are planning to go to work, find job openings.
  8. Update your portfolio.

If you're trying to decide which college to attend, check out Navigator's college comparison feature. This tool allows you to compare up to three colleges side-by-side to see how the institutions compare and contrast.

Applying for scholarships  is like a part-time job. But it can really pay off! To learn which scholarships you're eligible for, talk to your counselor and utilize Navigator. Navigator has a great scholarship search feature that allows you to filter scholarships according to those that apply to you!

Once you've been accepted to an institution, I recommend going on another visit. Try to make your final decision as early as possible to give yourself plenty of time to apply for financial aid, sign up for room and board, complete required paperwork, select courses, and acquire other necessities.

My last tip for preparing for college relates to high school courses. I highly suggest taking Advanced Placement (AP) classes before graduation to get a feel for what college academics will be like. The AP classes I've taken in the last few years have made me more confident and prepared for the academic side of college.

This article first appeared in the Kuder Blog May 12, 2014

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