Explore future options, consider interests and where you want to go.
- Become aware of your own interests, favorite classes, etc. Look at past interest tests, such as the PreACT, or refer to the Student Profile.
- Try to relate these interests to a college major or career.
- If you are unsure of a career path, consider taking another interest test. See your counselor.
- Check the sources of college and career information in the guidance office, including college catalogs, Internet sources, bulletin boards, etc.
- Consider the types of school you want to attend based on important factors like major, size, location, expense, etc. Try to narrow choices down to 3 to 5 by the spring. Be realistic.
- Sign up for college representatives who visit our school during the school year; students are allowed three visits as a junior; sign up a minimum of one day in advance of the college visit. The calendar is posted outside of the Counseling Office and on Naviance.
- Start looking for college/tech school open house days.
- Start saving a portfolio in art or music/theater recordings of your best work.
- Colleges look for challenging coursework; GPA; rank; involvement in extracurricular activities at school, church, and the community; and volunteer work, which is important for scholarships.
- Begin looking for scholarships by exploring www.fastweb.com.