Right now, all you and your pals are probably thinking about
is what the theme of your next sleepover should be or what adorbs dress you’ll
be rocking at the spring dance. But here’s one more thing that should be on
your radar: college. We know it’s still a ways away, but here are a few things
you should def consider to jump start your college career.
– join ‘em!
Classes like newspaper or yearbook (or clubs if your school
has them) have a variety of jobs that need to be done, so you’ll be able to dip
your toes into a ton of different fun areas instead of being stuck with just
one area like math or science. In these creative classes you can try your hand
at photography, writing and even computer graphics.
Take a mini test
Some schools offer tests that allow you to find out which career
is best for you. It asks if you’re logical or creative, or if you like to work
inside or outside and many other questions. This test will help you get an idea
of what you would be the best at. If your school isn’t in the loop, it’s super
easy to find one on line and take it yourself. This
one does the trick.
Try, try and try some
You’ll never know what you’ll be passionate about unless you
try! Join the debate team, cooking club, astronomy club or anything else that
sparks your curiosity. The more you try, the easier it will be to narrow down
your likes and dislikes. This means you’ll be way less stressed when deciding
what to study in college later on.
Talk with older sibs
Your sibs (and your friends’ sibs) are more than just a
bunch of older kids you see every so often. They are also a resource you can
and should use to get all the deets on college. Inquiries like, “What’s it like
living in a dorm?” and “Was it difficult to pick a major?” or “How did you make
friends?” are all questions your older friends and family members will be more
than happy to answer for you, no doubt.
Scoping out colleges early is a fantastic idea. Take to collegeboard.com
for all of your college search needs. You can enter criteria based on your
interests, where you want your school to be located and how much you and your
parents are willing to pay or school. Whether you’re interested in attending an
art school in the South, a teaching school on the East Coast or a tech school
out West, collegeboard.com is a great place to start.
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BY SYDNEY ADAMSON ON 2/27/2014 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN crack the college code, college 101