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- Consider taking a preparatory course for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the ACT Assessment
- Practice interviewing skills with guidance counselors, professionals, or your parents – have them do a mock interview with you
- Create a list of questions to ask your college admissions officers during interviews
- Discuss post-high school plans with your guidance counselor and parents. Be sure to consider what postsecondary options matches your career goals, strengths, and abilities.
- Develop your studying, time management, problem solving, stress management skills
In the Community
- Participate in job-shadowing experiences with professional in your field of interest to see first-hand what they do.
- Engage in regular volunteering and/or take the initiative to manage a community service project of your own creation.
- Visit colleges and vocational training programs, comparing the different programs
- Develop a resume showcasing your work and volunteer experiences, as well as related classes and academic awards
- Junior year is prime time for scholarships – create a calendar to track upcoming application deadlines and get busy applying! Maintain a file of essays and recommendation letters for applications.
- Save money for tuition and living expenses
- Practice independent living skills and take on additional responsibilities, such as grocery shopping for your family