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Preparing for Success

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Kianna Simmons

on 30 September 2016

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Transcript of Preparing for Success

Choosing the Right College
Test Scores Cont.
Standardized Testing Other Tests
Test Scores
Standardized Testing
Application Process
Extracurricular Activities
extracurricular activity
can be almost anything that isn't required for high school credit or paid employment.
Extracurricular Activities Cont.
Preparing for Success
Why College?
I'm not ready to get a job yet
I want to continue my education
To make more/new friends
To continue playing a certain sport
To be with my friends
To prepare for a career
To have fun
My parents insist
For the personal challenge
I want to see a different part of the country
To better human kind
I don't have anything better to do
I enjoy learning
Importance of College Education
more opportunities
increase earning potential
gain job security
learn valuable skills
make lasting connections
get support as you launch a business
become financially fit
Considering College Types
Liberal Arts Colleges
Technical Institutes and Professional Schools
Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Women's Colleges
Community Colleges
Things to Consider
Accreditation and Participation in the Federal Student Aid Programs
Institution Size
Academic Programs
Campus Life
Retention and Graduation Rates
Most people take this during their junior year in high school or earlier.
Two 25 minute verbal sections, two 25 minute math sections, and one 30 minute writing skills section.

Most people take this during their second semester of their junior year.
3 hour and 45 minute test with ten sections consisting of critical reading, math, writing, and one experimental section.
Most people take this test during the spring of their junior year.
ACT consists of four multiple-choice tests in English, mathematics reading, and science, as well as an optional writing test.
administered annually
multiple-aptitude battery that measured developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military.
Architecture Club
Astronomy Club
Biology Club
Chemistry Club
Economics Club
Electronics Club
Engineering Club
English Club
History Club
Distributive Education Clubs of America
Life Sciences Club
Literature Club
Literary Magazine Club
Math Club
Mu Alpha Theta: Math Honor Society
National Honor Society
Peer Tutoring
Poetry Club
Physics Club
Psychology Club
Quill and Scroll
Robotics Club
Science National Honors Society
Trivia and Quiz Clubs
Web design/coding club
Writing Club

Anime/Manga Club
Art Club
Art: drawing, painting
Drama Club
Fashion design
Graphic Design
Jewelry Making
High School Theater Program
Community Theater Program
Video Game Development Club
Cultural and Language
African American Student Alliances/Clubs
American Sign Language Club
Chinese Club
French Club
German Club
International Food Club
Latin Club
Pacific Islanders Club
Russian Club
South Asian Student Society
Spanish Club
Student Diplomacy Corps
Community Festivals
Do Something
Habitat for Humanity
Key Club
Kids Helping Kids
Leo Club
Mountaineers Club
Sisters on the Runway
Community Youth Board
Student Council
Student Government
Community Government
Performance Art
Comedy Club
Classic Film Club
Film Production Club
International Thespian Society
Slam Poetry Club
High School Theater Group
Community Theater Group

Activity 2
The Great Sorting Game
Financial Aid and FAFSA
Types of Financial Aid
Grants and Scholarships
Bright Futures
Athletic Scholarships
Academic Scholarships

Pell Grant
1. Federal Pell Grants
2. Need-based Grants
Fact or Myth
1. Me parents make too much money, I wont qualify for financial aid.
2. Only students with good grades receive financial aid
3. I need to fill out my taxes first.
4. I already completed it before, so I don't have to again.
Things you Need
1. Your FSA ID
2. Social Security Number
3. Tax records from the previous year
4. Records of untaxed income
5. Records of assets
6. List of interested schools
The Process
1. Create an account
2. Choose which year you're applying for
3. Demographic info
4.Enter schools
5. Dependency status
6. Parent demographics
7. Financial information
8.Sign and submit
Process Cont.
Common Mistakes
1.Not completing it
2. Not getting a FSA ID ahead of time
3. Waiting to fill it out
4. Not reading the definitions carefully
5. Putting the wrong information
6. Not reporting parent information
7. Listing only one college
8. Not signing it
Money Management
Why it's Important
Being on your own for the first time makes you highly susceptible to overspending without realizing it. To prevent that from happening, it's important that a budget be made so that you stay on top of your spending.
Other options include federal loans, private loans, etc.

Know the difference between scholarships/grants & federal subsidized vs. unsubsidized loans

a. Direct Subsidized loan- government pays interest rate while student is in college or while loan is in deferment

b. Direct Unsubsidized loan- interest rate accrues as soon as the loan is taken out

c. Only borrow what you will need to cover your bills

* Know how much and when you will have to pay money back after you graduate.

How to Budget
How to budget
1. Figure out the total amount of income you have per month to spend (including money from financial aid and any paychecks you may get)
2. Make a list of all of the things that need to be paid (such as rent, utility bills, school supplies, and groceries). The money needed for these necessities will be set aside first.
3. After that money has been set aside, determine a set amount of money to put into your savings every month to prevent yourself from spending every dollar you get.
4. Make of a list of wants. (These are things that you can live without such as going to the movies or dining out). Determine a set amount of money per month that can be spent on wants.


As discussed before, it’s important to set aside some money every month to be put into a savings account
The money in this account should only be used for emergencies or if you are saving up for something in particular
Use student discounts (Ex. Gator Green Backs)

Establishing Credit
Easiest way to do this is to get a credit card

To avoid over spending you can use it to pay small re-occurring bills ONLY. (Ex. Netflix, Hulu or gas)
Pay bill every month!

Activity 3

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