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College: What YOU Need to Know
Transcript of College: What YOU Need to Know
Every bit of education you get after high school increases the chances you'll earn good pay. Most college graduates earn a lot more money during their working years than people who stop their education at high school. Why College?
The more education you get, the more likely it is you will always have a job. According to one estimate, by the year 2028 there will be 19 million more jobs for educated workers than there are qualified people to fill them. REASON #1 : MONEY $$$$ REASON #2 : JOBS Continuing education after high school is much more important for your generation than it was for your parents' generation. Today, most good jobs require more than a high school diploma. Businesses want to hire people who know how to think and solve problems. Why College? REASON #3 : Employers expect it. Why College?
Education beyond high school gives you a lot of other benefits, including meeting new people, taking part in new opportunities to explore your interests and experiencing success. Why College? REASON #4 : Opportunities STEP 1: Be a PAIN! Let everyone know that you're going to college and need their help.
Never say no. Don't ever take that "no" in your head for an answer!
Find family support. So what if your parents didn't go to college? Your folks may well have real experience and knowledge that can help you on your way.
Call coaches. Ask teachers and coaches for advice on college: their job = help you succeed
Gain experience. Track down places outside of school where you can get real-world experience from adults who can show you how it's done.
Seek advice. If you can't talk with your school counselor, check your local community college or community center and meet with the counselors there.
Make connections. Connect with family, friends or neighbors who have been to college and ask them how they got there. The 4 Steps to College
Working a little harder today will make getting into college even easier.
Take the right classes. To get into college, start by taking the right classes in high school. Find out what classes you need to meet entrance requirements and sign up for them now. Lock in requirements. You may not need them to finish high school, but most colleges require three to four years of math, English, science and social studies. Plus, most want at least two years of the same foreign language.
Meet the challenge. Sure, grades are important, but the tougher the courses you take, the more likely it is that a college will decide to take you. In general, most colleges prefer students who challenge themselves with harder courses, even if they earn only average grades, than those who take easier courses just to get higher grades.
Achieve honors. Honors and Advanced Placement courses are the gold standard for colleges and carry much more weight than other courses in working out your grade point average.
Tap into computing. Courses in computer science (or even classes that require you to use computers in researching or completing projects) will give you the skills you need to make the grade at college. STEP 2: Push Yourself Find out what kind of school is the best match for you and your career goals.
What's the right match? The kind of college you choose to attend should reflect your goals and your personality. Whether you choose a public, private, community, technical, trade or even online college, make sure it's the best match for you.
Big or small? Do you want to attend a big university with more choices of studies and social activities, but also larger lecture classes? Or would you like fewer choices but more personal attention and a better chance to stand out? You decide.
Home or away? Attending a local college versus boarding out of state - what's better? It depends. For some, residence hall life is an important part of the college experience, but commuting from home is less expensive.
Which major works? Figuring out what you like doing most, plus what you're best at, can point to the careers you should consider - and what majors will help you reach your career goal.
Why extras matter. Getting into extracurricular activities outside of class - band, science club, the school newspaper, drama or even volunteering - helps you discover what your real interests are and where you're heading. STEP 3: Find the Right Fit
If you think you can't afford college, think again. There's lots of aid out there.
Who gets it? Many more people than you might think. Financial aid is awarded based on need or merit - academic achievement, athletics and other talents. But you have to apply for aid to find out.
What kind of money? Grants, scholarships, work-study, student loans - there are a lot of different types of financial aid out there. You need find out which kind or combination works best for your needs.
Where do you look? Colleges expect you and your parents to pay what you can, but schools, state and federal governments, and private businesses and organizations are also great sources for financial aid.
Is it free money? Not likely - most financial aid packages are a mixture of grants that don't need to be paid back and loans that do, but not until after you graduate from college.
How to apply. Your school guidance counselor can help you, including how to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which makes you a candidate for all federal student aid. For help online, go to http://www.collegegoalsundayusa.org/.
Do deadlines matter? Absolutely. College financial aid goes fast. The earlier you can get in your FAFSA application and all of the other information that a college asks for, the sooner you'll receive your financial aid package. STEP 4: Put Your Hands on Some Cash College Admission Tests: ACT vs. SAT Is College Harder than High School? Financial Aid Financial Aid Your knowledge and skills in language arts, math and science go a long way in determining how well you'll do in college.
Language Arts (Recommended: 4 years)
People who succeed are people who can read and write. No matter what you end up doing, it pays to be able to speak clearly and write well. You should prepare by taking as many classes in reading, writing and speaking as you can fit into your schedule.
Mathematics (Recommended: 4 years)
Everyone uses numbers in the real world to solve problems. Math teaches you to think logically and abstractly. Two years of algebra and one year of geometry are recommended for all high school students, but it's always good to take even more than that.
Science (Recommended: 3 years)
Learning how things work and studying the world around you will help you understand how scientific discoveries affect you, your community and the world. Biology, chemistry and physics are good subjects to prepare you for college. Choose Smart:
HS Classes that Prepare for College In today's world, it's more important than ever to understand what's going on around you and connect globally.
Social Studies (Recommended: 3½ years)
Classes in geography, civics, history and economics will help you understand what is happening in the world and how you fit in it. They also prepare you for college-level courses.
World Languages (Recommended: 2 years)
Studying different languages is a great way to understand how other people live and think. You'll not only learn more about another culture but your own as well. This will help you work with people from all over the world. Take at least two years of the same language.
The Arts (Recommended: 1 year)
Art helps you explore and appreciate your creative side and those of others. Classes might include music, drama, dance and the visual arts.
High school gives you the opportunity to explore your interests through optional classes called electives. You may be able to take classes in agriculture, business, computers, physical education, construction and much more. One of these classes could even launch a new interest.
Take a computer class. It may not be required for graduation, but all students need to know how to use computers.
Earn College Credit in High School
Youth apprenticeships in addition to Tech Prep opportunities can give you on-the-job training while you earn technical college credits...all while you're still in high school. Other Vital Subjects College Admission Tests: http://sat.collegeboard.org/home http://sat.collegeboard.org/about-tests/sat What does it cover? Reading, Writing, and Math When should I take it?
Junior or Senior Year of High School 7th and 8th Grade 11th Grade 9th and 10th Grade 2002 March (cc) image by jantik on Flickr 12th Grade Think about the HS classes that will prepare you for college.
Ask your parents or teachers to help you develop good study habits.
Practice setting and reaching goals.
Volunteer in your community.
Take interest/skill assessments to help you think about possible career options.
Talk with your school counselor and parents about careers that interest you.
Create a tentative high school class plan Think about explore careers options.
Talk with your parents about saving and paying for college.
Prepare for the ACT
Participate in extracurricular activities.
Review your high school class plan. Take the most difficult classes you can handle. Stay focused on your schoolwork.
Sign up for classes that will earn college credit during your junior year through Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Postsecondary Enrollment Options or College in the Schools.
Explore internships and apprenticeships.
Enroll in a summer enrichment program. Attend college and financial aid events.
Take the PSAT in the fall to prepare for the SAT, and to identify areas where you need improvement.
Consider possible career options and investigate the type of education that is needed.
Request materials from schools that interest you and visit their websites.
Arrange campus visits to those schools that interest you.
Participate in extracurricular activities.
Request admissions and financial aid forms.
Sign up for classes that will earn college credit
Register for and take the ACT and/or SAT in the spring.
Review your high school class plan. Take the most difficult classes you can handle.
Get a job to earn and save money for college, or explore your skills through an internship or apprenticeship.
Research private scholarship options. Stay focused on your schoolwork and take the most difficult classes you can handle. .
Take career interest assessments and determine the education needed for careers that interest you.
Participate in extracurricular activities.
Volunteer in the community. http://www.actstudent.org/ What does it cover? Reading, Writing, Science, English, and Math
When should I take it?
Junior or Senior Year of High School Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Application that student and parents fill out to apply for financial aid from the US government
http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/funding.jsp#01 What is FAFSA? Hobbies
What career could you focus on? What are you interested in? Close to home?
Like to Travel?
Athletics? What's Most Important to YOU? Big/small classes?
Trade, community, 4 year? Why should you go to some type of college or university after high school?
What is the ACT/SAT? When should you take it? Should you take both?
What is FAFSA? How do you apply?
Can you receive aid even if you don't think you will qualify? What do you Know?