College, Career Preparation


Resume:
Personal Information
- Name, address, phone number, e-mail address
Scholastic Information
- name of high school, GPA, test scores
Academic Achievements
- IB level classes, awards/nominations/recognitions/special projects in certain subject areas, tutoring/mentoring skills roles, internet classes
Computer Skills
- programs you know, skills (website design, programming, etc.)
Workshops
- camps, programs, seminars, projects, special classes, competitions
Work
- experience, internships
Club Involvement
- school, community, church
Special Interests
- hobbies, pursuits
Volunteer work
- on-going and one time events
Athletic
- participation and achievements
Leadership Roles
- holding office in class, sports, clubs; taking initiative or responsibility for projects, leadership camp participation, etc.
Languages
- include languages you speak and level of proficiency


College Preparation Websites:
www.review.com
www.students.gov
www.collegeispossible.org
www.collegegold.com
www.collegefunds.net
www.brokescholar.com
www.knowhow2go.org


College Search Engines:
www.collegegrazing.com
www.collegetrends.org
www.princetonreview.com/colleges-majors.aspx
http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/college
http://thecollegesearchengine.com/


Scholarship and Financial Aid Websites:
www.finaid.org
www.fastweb.com
www.collegeboard.com (This website has various information on college searches, test/test prep, etc. There is a section for parents and students.)
www.scholarships.com
www.review.com
www.xap.com
www.allaboutcollege.com
www.collegeview.com
www.scholarshipexperts.com
www.collegeanswers.com

What to do your 10th grade year:
1. Prepare for and take the PSAT (check collegeboard.com for practice and dates).
2. Focus on your GPA.
3. Narrow down your activities to 2 or 3 that you will do throughout high school and may pursue in college.
4. Start searching for colleges and create a list of colleges to consider.
5. Take personality/interest inventory tests to help determine college majors and careers. (mymajors.com; myplan.com; theU.com, dreamit-doit.com/; collegeanswer.com/preparing/content/prep_assess.jsp).
6. Find opportunities to volunteer, do internships, do academic programs/camps during school vacations.
7. Scholarship searches (finaid.org; fastweb.com; collegeboard.com; scholarships.com; review.com; xap.com; allaboutcollege.com; collegeview.com; scholarshipexperts.com; collegeanswers.com).
8. Update your records of activities, volunteer work, programs, classes, traveling, etc.
9. Talk to people about their job to get career ideas.
10. Start looking in to student visa applications/processes if you plan to study in a country where you are not a citizen.

What to do your 11th grade year:
1. Concentrate on your GPA.
2. Obtain information packets from teh colleges you're considering. Request them from college websites or call the admissions department.
3. Intensify your scholarship search; keep track of deadline/requirements (see "What to do your 10th grade year" for search engines).
4. Visit college campuses; virtually too!
September - November:
1. Register for and take the PSAT.
2. Talk to your coach if you want to play for a college team or apply for an athletic scholarship.
3. Schedule dates to take the SAT and ACT if applicable; you should take the tests at least once this year.
4. Investigate financial aid programs now before the financial 'base' year begins (FAFSA; CSS/Profile; EFC; SAR; Need-based; Merit-based; Grants; Loan; Scholarships; Work Study; Subsidized; Non-Subsidized; PELL Grants; Perkins Loan; Stafford loan; PLUS Loans; State grants).
5. Research summer workshop and college course opportunities.
December - February:
1. Review your PSAT results and pump up any weak subjects.
2. Register for the SAT, ACT, and SATII (if applicable). If you're applying Early Decision and want to take them again, you must take them in June at the latest.
3. Decide what camps, programs, volunteer work classes, and internships you want to participate in during the July/August break.
March - May:
1. Compile writing samples, put together portfolios, and work on interviews if the colleges or scholarships you're applying to require them.
2. Consider taking summer classes to start earning college credit by taking 'dual credit courses' online or classes at a community college if possible.
3. Try to get a summer job or internship related to a major that you're considering.
4. Start work on your essays for college applications and scholarships.
June - August:
1. Request applications for scholarships.
2. Figure out which teachers you want to ask for recommendations.
3. Work on your resume.
4. Start your application process if you are applying Early Decision or Early Action.