Career Center New 9-21-09

Junior Year Checklist

1. Continue to keep your grade point average up.

2. Meet with your guidance counselor to select or create a final list of possible colleges.

3. Identify the entrance requirements at these specific colleges. Tuition costs, estimated living expenses, and college reputations should all be identified.

4. Take the SAT/ACT examinations and review your score with your guidance counselor. Don't be afraid to retake it if you do poorly. Remember to study between tests. Your scores won't improve without your help.

5. Continue to develop writing, reading, current affairs awareness and advanced algebraic skills. Continue to build your vocabulary and communication skill.

6. Review the amount of money saved for college, and meet with your parents again about money being put away in savings.

7. Continue to interview professionals and tradesmen on career paths that you may want to explore.

8. Start the certification process if you want to play Division I or II college sports.

9. Continue your involvement with academic and non-academic programs.

10. Continue to visit various local colleges for an overview of college life and requirements. Participate in their college fair events.

11. Get a job between your junior and senior year for work experience to put on your college application.

12. Clarify data collected on potential scholarships that you may qualify for college.

13. Progress your advanced high school coursework; take the hardest classes offered by your high school to prepare for college classes. Don't feel obligated to take Calculus in high school unless you are going to be in a field that requires it.

14. Consult with your mentor about current college plans and goals.

15. Continue to build relationships with the 3-5 college recommenders that you have selected.

16. Receive applications from various colleges and programs.

17. Go for college interviews if required. Send a thank-you letter to the interviewer.