Maintaining your grades is important, but at the same time you need to make sure that you’re challenging yourself academically.
Now is the time for your student to really focus on their career and college research. Keep talking to their school guidance counselors, teachers, and you about their plans for after college!
Your student should find out about and enroll in AP classes or even concurrent enrollment for senior year; Also find out the AP, PSAT, SAT I & II, and ACT Test schedules. You and your student can talk to to your guidance counselor about how these tests can help them and which one is
best for them.
Take time to review your student’s academic record with them, and have them discuss ways to improve with their counselor. Your student should narrow their list of colleges to include a few with requirements at their current GPA, some above, and at least one below. Start looking at the admissions requirements for the colleges they’re interested in! Be sure to keep track of any additional requirements on top of GPA and test scores. Start a file for college catalogs and other admission information.
Keep an eye out for college nights at schools you might want to attend. If you’ve taken any AP classes this year, be sure to sign up for the tests in March!
Towards the end of your junior year (April & May), have your student talk to their teachers about writing letters of recommendation for them. The student should be thinking about what they would like to include in these and politely ask their teachers if they can help.
Over the summer your student should consider a part-time job, volunteer work, or an internship. They should also enroll in, or complete any driver’s training that has not been done by this time to get their driver’s license.
Update your resume with summer experiences, jobs, volunteer opportunities, or internships.
Make sure you get to graduate on time. Tips to follow through on.
- Take any final tests and complete any final projects that will complete your academic career.
- Double check with your advisor to make sure you satisfy all academic graduation requirements.
- Stop by the front office to verify that there are no holds on your record. Pay any outstanding fees and fines.
- Mail out graduations announcements to friends and family.
- Order your cap and gown.
After Graduation – Alternatives When Not Going to College
Attending college after high school isn’t for everyone. Some teens choose to take a year or two off before continuing their education, while others jump right into the workforce. If your teen is looking to explore his options, check out these alternatives and help him make a decision that is right for them.
Going to work right after high school may help your student make a better decision about schooling in the future. According to NBC News’ “College Freshmen Face Major Dilemma,” 80% of college-bound students don’t choose a major, and half of those who do declare one eventually change it. If they get a sampling of work experience first, they’ll probably make a surer decision about what they should go to school to be. They may take it more seriously too because they understand what the world of work is all about.
Many educators say that students who take a year off after high school to travel, work, or volunteer often end up returning to school more mature than when they left. Having some experience in the “real world” can help you to take better advantage of your college education because you already know what to expect, to some degree.
- Get a Job and save money – this experience could be an important lesson in managing your finances.
- Start a Business – utilizing their strengths and interests, and finding potential industries that would put them to good use and impact their community in positive ways
- Learn a Trade; Be an intern or Apprentice. Trade and vocational schools offer a unique opportunity to learn a valuable trade — for a fraction of the price in significantly less time.
- Travel Abroad – It can be the opportune time in your life to see the world you have spent so much time learning about in textbooks, and put those foreign languages to use.
- Join the Military – you’ll serve a minimum of five to eight years, no matter which branch you choose. Acquire the chance to serve their country, and the military offers career opportunities in the service and the chance to earn or save money to further one’s education,
- Volunteer or do Charity work – Volunteering can help your child learn new skills, make connections, and focus their energy on a cause that interests them.
- Take Adult Education Classes at a local Community College or Training Organization.. These are a great way to sample college life without going full-time while following a diploma or certification tract.
- Become an Online Entrepreneur
- Go After a Fellowship that may offer an alternative route ( an example is the Thiel Fellowship)
- Earn a Vocational or Career Training Certificate
- Turn hobby into a moneymaker or job that pays
- Projects Abroad offers short-term internships in countries around the world. You’ll be able to get hands-on experience in fields including business, international development, journalism, law, human rights, medicine, healthcare, microfinance, social work, veterinary medicine and animal care.