I'm in 11th Grade what else should I be doing now for college admissions and financial aid?
Are you coming back for part 2, or are you reading this Blog first?
If you are reading this one first, here is a synopsis of the previous Blog. But, please, after you read this, find the Dec 2-7 Blog and read it.
Keep moving. You don't have as much time as you may be thinking. Between now August 2020, when applications open for the Class of 2021, you have a lot to think about and decide. Financial aid is also tied to your good work now. Figure out what is a great career fit. Four years of college will be fun and rewarding if you graduate and land a great job.
Here are the topics, and in reverse order.
5. Where are you going to apply?
4. Have I visited every college I am applying to?
3. What are my academic qualifications?
2. What will I major in?
1. What do I see as my future career?
Once you identify well-suited career choices, address the question of what to major in to be best prepared for that future. Some choices are obvious plan to be an electrical engineer? Major in EE. Some choices are less obvious. Many students pick generic such as business major; psychology major; sociology major.
They are generic until you have a specific career track for which that degree prepares you.
- Which specific courses, as a college junior and senior should, you take within that major?
- Will you need to master's degree? a PhD?
- Do you want to go to school that long?
- Will the potential income justify the probable costs of Bachelor's + Master's degrees + PhD?
Check out the college's website. Call the admission office. Gather the information.
Stay tuned for answers to questions 3,4,5 above.
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