College Classes

Preparing and Starting College

Executive Summary about Collage by Pamela Stevens and Dakota Caudilla

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Starting College

Starting college is a big milestone in anyone’s life. Your options are…college car, a motorcycle or a bicycle. If you’re within college campus, you can probably start with a bicycle. If you’re located outside the college campus, you might need a car to get you around.

Next, go shopping for college clothes. If you don’t know the kind of clothes you will need for college, why not factor the cost of a new wardrobe into your starting college funds. You can go do some shopping when you’ve started college. Most colleges have these facilities in their college campus. If you can save the money for something else, you can start college without it and use the ones in the college first.

Most importantly, before starting college, you’ll need to get a list from your college so that you can purchase the books before college starts.

What are you and your child doing to prepare for college?

Begin college preparation in kindergarten, young students are receptive to thinking about college.

JUNIOR HIGH

Establish a college savings fund or other fund designed specifically for higher education if you haven’t already, this is a good time to start.

HIGH SCHOOL

In high school, curriculum, grade point average and extracurricular activities become important factors in regards to college entrance requirements and scholarship opportunities.

Generally, most colleges desire that the student successfully complete the following basic subjects in high school

College Guidance Counselor: Students should begin meeting with a guidance counselor at the beginning of 9th grade to ensure that all of the proper course work is taken, maintain a relationship throughout high school. Often the counselor can provide information on college entrance exams and scholarship information.

Forgetting valuable information before taking placement exams, Advanced Placement Tests, the SAT or ACT could prevent the student from receiving a high score or require them to take a remedial math class in college.

Usually a knowledgeable and affordable tutor can be found at a local university or junior college.

Many bachelor degree programs only require statistics or intermediate college algebra, so even if the student does not make it through calculus in high school, for most programs they will be adequately prepared with intermediate algebra, geometry and trigonometry.

The Essay: Learning to write essays well will help students to succeed in college and most scholarship applications will require an essay of some sort. Extracurricular: Colleges look for well-rounded students who contribute to their community. Extracurricular activities whether in sports, student government, art or volunteer work enriches school and life experiences, provides the opportunity to learn teamwork and connects students to the community in which they live.

Often students as young as 16 years of age can enroll in local university/junior college courses in subjects such as rock-climbing, kayaking or racquetball.

Student government provides leadership skills, colleges look for students that have held a student officer position, participated as a class representative or in campus clubs.

Some students enjoy participating in local theatre productions or taking art classes.

Employment: Consider summer employment to assist with college expenses and to learn valuable work skills and responsibility. Colleges especially favor young entrepreneurs.

COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS

Most colleges and universities require either SAT or ACT scores and the PSAT qualifies students for the National Merit Scholarship. All of the exams can make accommodations for students with documented disabilities.

Scores: Every school has different score and GPA requirements. PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test: Evalutes skills in critical reading, math problem solving and writing.

  • Registration for this test is not available online, contact the high school counselor for registration information.

SAT: Tests critical reading, math problem solving and writing skills.

  • Study for this test through the 9th and 10th grade year.

The test also offers a written test that evaluates a short essay.

  • Register by contacting a high school guidance counselor or go the ACT website.
  • Study for this exam through the 9th and 10th grade. How to prepare for the college entrance exams:
  • Take a preparation course
  • Take practice tests
  • Overcome test anxiety
  • Take challenging classes during high school years
  • Study and write essays

Advanced Placement Tests: These tests can earn credit in college level courses and eligibility for an AP Scholar Award.

LEAVING HOME

Many kids will leave their parent’s home to attend college. Learning to balance life, schoolwork and employment is a difficult task for many students. So preparing for these issues before leaving home can greatly increase the chances for a smooth transition between high school and living at home to college and living on their own.

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