There is a tremendous reservoir of information available to students in the last steps of preparing for college during the senior year. Reliable sources exploring how to prepare applications, choose a college, and finding financial aid are readily available on sites like www.collegeboard.org
Should younger students be preparing for college, too? Absolutely! The freshman and sophomore years are key preparation periods and very important to the college choices yet to come.
One important college-ready task is building your high school resume: volunteer, try out activities that interest you or step-up your involvement in a extracurricular club or hobby group. Being engaged outside the classroom helps you learn about yourself and develop new skills, but it also shows the colleges you are applying to what you’re passionate about.
Volunteering at a homeless shelter demonstrates your desire to helping others. If you have a part-time job and your grades are strong, you are showing your can manage your time well. Leading a student organization gives you an opportunity to talk about developing your leadership style. Doing any of these activities consistently through high school signals your ability to make and keep a commitment.
Don’t wait until your senior year – the sooner you get started the more interesting your resume will be. What are you waiting for? Go out and have some fun!
P.S. If you’re still looking for a passion to follow, join us for Hope at 5:00 on November 15 to learn more about lending your talents to local causes that will leverage your skills to improve our community.