Preparing for College: 11th Grade

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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
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  • 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.
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  • 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

At Home

  • 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.
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  • Save money for tuition and living expenses
  • Practice independent living skills and take on additional responsibilities, such as grocery shopping for your family
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Yearly checklists of what you should do each year of high school to prepare for higher education.