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Junior Timeline

Junior Timeline

What should you be doing right now to prepare for your future?

Fall/Winter 

  • Meet with your counselor to discuss your future plans
  • Sign up to take the PSAT in October. You can register in the Guidance Office during the first few weeks of school
  • Learn more about college cost and financial aid
  • Make a list of college characteristics that are important to you. Things to consider:

1.        Cost

2.        Location

3.        Size

4.        Distance from home

5.        Public/Private

6.        Living arrangements

7.        Athletics

8.        Academics

9.        Activities

10.    Campus life

11.    Safety

12.    Reputation/Accreditation

 

  • Register for one (or more) of the SAT dates in the Spring- www.collegeboard.org
  • If you took the October PSAT/NMSQT, look over your Score Report Plus for personalized feedback on your academic skills and to help you get ready for college and for the SAT
  • Find out about colleges first-hand from friends who are home for the holidays
  • Spend time online researching various schools. Check the "Links" page on the DHS Guidance Website for some good web resources!

Spring

  • Take the SAT Reasoning Test
  • Start your "College List" to track college requirements - we recommend to select at least 3-5 schools including a "dream school" and "safety school"
  • Look online for scholarships that match your skills and interests, and talk to your counselor about local scholarship opportunities
  • Organize a file of college brochures and information 
  • Plan to visit colleges this spring while they are in session
  • Sign up for strong college prep courses your senior year
  • Consider AP courses to help you prepare for college level work
  • Think about taking a course at a local college
  • Begin to look for a great summer opportunity - job, internship, or volunteer position in your area of interest 
  • If taking AP courses, study for AP Exams given in May
  • Go to college fairs in your area (check for signs/announcements to get info)
  • If applicable, prepare writing samples, portfolios, audition tapes, and other material for the fall application season
  • Make a resume of your accomplishments, activities, and work experiences 
  • Finalize your summer plans if you haven't done so. Try to find a job or activity that relates to your career interest
  • If you are considering military academies or ROTC scholarships, contact your counselor before summer vacation

Summer

  • Register early for SAT dates in the Fall of your senior year. Register online at www.collegeboard.com 
  • Start thinking about college majors related to your interests and career goals
  • Maintain your "College List" and request applications, brochures, and financial aid information from the colleges
  • Visit college campuses - call ahead for tour and open house schedules
  • Try to narrow your list to five colleges by the end of the summer
 
A few extra tips:

1.        Your future is important and requires a plan!

2.        Set personal expectations & goals!

3.        Develop steps to achieve those goals!

4.        Identify your strengths & weaknesses!

5.        Evaluate your values, interests, skills, and abilities!

6.        Gather as much information as possible on careers
and colleges (see your counselor if you need help with this!)

7.        Do not hesitate to ask for some guidance

8.        Always ask questions

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