Making the Right Moves in High School to Prepare for College

The four years spent in high school are full of so many emotions. Students are adjusting to the new schedule and the change in how classes are conducted. New friends are made and introduction to new activities or sports. It should also be a time of preparation.

High school is part of the path that leads to college and eventually a career. Students that seize this opportunity to consider their future and make the necessary plans can really enjoy their teen years to the fullest. They can spend time on social activities, enrich their overall education and begin to find their place in the community and society as a whole.

Each year of high school carries its own significances in paving the way to a college degree. It is important that teens understand the value of sitting down with a high school guidance counselor and brainstorming about possible careers. After the brainstorming session a plan can be made that will include talking to some adults in order to learn more about specific careers in an effort to formulate a list of possibilities.

Using the list of career ideas students can start to narrow down their choices of post secondary schools. Most college admissions counselors will advise students to develop a list that includes two or three dream schools which really seem to fit the student. In addition to these schools, students should also pick two or three safe schools as a backup plan in case it is not possible to get accepted at one of the dream locations.

Picking a few career choices and using this information to develop a short list of possible colleges will enable the student to adequately plan their course work in high school. The student should plan another conference with the high school counselor in order to determine the best path to follow in high school in order to reach their intended destination.

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