Important groundwork takes place in tenth grade. It is never too early to prepare for the future. Here are a few things to consider in order to make sure you’re on the right track for college:
¨ Revisit your high school game plan – make sure you know what courses are required for college, familiarize yourself with the courses Upper Perk offers, and map out when these courses should be taken. Consider a specialty at the Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center. Utilize Upper Perk’s current course selection guide as a reference, located in the student life tab of the High School web site. If eligible, be sure to consider Upper Perk's dual enrollment options.
¨ Consider taking the PSATs in October - Although it is also recommended to take them the Fall of your Junior year, taking them twice is great practice, and an option that many Sophomores choose.
-During Spring Course selection, consider requesting our College & Career Prep Class for Junior year. It is an extremely helpful course!
¨ Start thinking about careers – identify your interests (likes and dislikes) not just in academics but in all areas. Complete the personality assessment and career interest profiler available in Naviance. Discuss your options with others, such as your counselor, teachers, and parents. Your goals may change – maybe often – but it’s the thought process that counts! Make the most out of your Career Exploration Class--this is a great opportunity to explore your options. Create a resume, to build your college and employment portfolio.
¨ Consider extracurricular activities – colleges would rather see real involvement in one activity than a loose connection to several activities. See you counselor for a list of clubs UP offers. If you want to play sports in college, research the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) eligibility requirements. More information can be obtained at www.eligibilitycenter.org or through your counselor’s office.
¨ Meet with your school counselor – your counselor knows how to help you make the most out of your high school education. Make sure you take the time to discuss you post-graduation plans – even if that’s 3 years away! If you are ready to explore your college options, ask your counselor about using Naviance Family Connection and www.collegeboard.com to explore career options and college planning.
¨ Attend college and career fairs – There are college and career fairs at local area community colleges, plus, it’s never too early to visit and tour college campuses. Even if it’s not a college you ultimately consider, the experience will help you learn what to look for in a college campus.
¨ Talk to your friends! – If you have older friends and family members who have gone through the college planning process – or are going through it now – talk to them about their experiences and learn from their successes and struggles.
--Use Your Summer Wisely! -- Make sure to set yourself up for a successful school year by doing your Summer Reading for English class!! Consider attending a summer camp of interest, enrichment opportunity, or pre-college program. Be sure to check out our enrichment page for current opportunities.