If you are in high school, envision yourself in your ideal college. Think about what it might look like. Is it in a city or the country? Are your classes large or small? Be very specific! If you are in college or high school, think about what you would like to be doing when you graduate from college. Once more, be very specific! If you are too general, you won't be able to envision your future. For example, if you want to be a teacher, indicate what grade you want to teach. You might even want to indicate where you want to teach and how much money you want to earn. Write this information on a piece of paper next to the year you plan to graduate from college. In addition, write each year until the current one. For instance, if you plan to graduate from college in 2025, you should have 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024 on your paper. Now think about how each year represents approximately 365 days that you have to accomplish your goal. If you only made one tiny step each day to achieve your goal, you would definitely accomplish it.
So why not start now?
If you are entering your junior year in high school, this will be a year filled with activities that will propel you toward the college of your choice. Some of you might be thinking, I hate to plan, or why plan? Things change all the time. However, if you don't have any plan, then it won't be easy to
Our first suggestion is for juniors. If you are entering your junior year in high school, this will be a year filled with activities that will propel you toward the college of your choice. YOU WILL NEED A PLAN. Some of you might be thinking, "I hate to plan." or "Why plan? Things change all the time?" However, if you don't have any plan, then it won't be easy to get into the college of your choice. The EA Team suggests that you get a large size calendar and hang it on the wall in a prominent place, and then put the following information on it.
· Every date that the SAT and ACT can be taken and circle the preferred test date
· Dates to visit colleges (Although students may not have chosen a college, planning dates to visit schools makes the process seem real.)
· Dates to meet with the high school college counselor regarding "reach, target, and safety" school recommendations
· Dates to meet with a tutor or take a course to prepare for the SAT and/or ACT
Once this is accomplished, place the calendar in a prominent place so that your child can review it. Then, write additional college-related activities. For example, when the high school hosts a College Night. Each time you write on the calendar, you are focusing on your goal of attending your ideal college. If you are a senior, the most critical aspect of applying to college is to begin the college application essays. Don't forget to add that to your calendar!
Here's to enjoying the last days of summer vacation with an eye towards an upcoming year as beautiful as the sunset pictured in this blog.