Education After High School: Keeping Your Options Open
Many high school students may not know yet what they want to do with their future or how to get ready for it. That is perfectly okay! Your high school years are the perfect time to figure out what interests you, what you are good at and seeing how those interests and skills translate to a career or occupation. One of the most important things you can do right now is to set yourself up with lots of choices and options when you graduate. By furthering your education and training, you will give yourself the opportunity to choose what you want to do, rather than being told that your options are limited.
Here are some things to keep in mind and do that will give you the greatest number of options for college:
- Take the greatest number of classes you can (e.g., 6 or 7 classes; a Zero period class)
- Take more than the number of years required as the minimum. Many colleges are so selective that the minimum requirement will NOT be enough to gain acceptance. For example, if only 2 years of a foreign language are listed as the minimum requirement, consider taking 3 or even 4 years of the same language.
- Take the hardest class you can (e.g., Honors or AP), if you are recommended for these by your teacher and Guidance Advisor. Or, if you feel confident and willing to put in the extra effort.
Take the PSAT
- Take the PSAT your Sophomore and Junior years to prepare for the SAT. Remember the PSAT is only offered in the fall (usually in October).
- Taking the PSAT your Junior year qualifies you for National Merit Scholarships.
- More information about the PSAT can be found here: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about.html