Thursday, October 26, 2017

Tips for High School Juniors

I fully believe that junior year is the most important year of high school. My sister is currently in the midst of her junior year and I'm constantly trying to give her advice, but she of course never wants to take it. So I thought I would channel all my post-high-school wisdom in a blog post.

1. Visit Colleges
I think this is the most important thing to do, visit as many colleges as you can so you can get a feel of where you want to go. Explore the colleges in your area and those a little further away. Then once you've completed your visits, work on making a list of where you want to apply and if you are applying early or regular. This will be a lifesaver come senior year. 

2. Plan for Recommendations
Most likely your junior year teachers are the ones who will be writing your recommendations. So make sure you have some that know you will and will eager to write a glowing letter about you. And if you don't have anyone in mind yet, start to go in early and connect with your teachers. I guarantee you'll find one you click with. 

3. Think about Senior Year
It's a good idea to start planning for the classes you'll want to take senior year. Maybe you need to get in a few more AP classes before applying for college or to take a couple easier classes so that you can enjoy senior year. Also, think about getting involved, it's great to have some leadership roles your senior year. 

4. Talk to you Counselor
I'll be honest the counselors at my school were not the best but they still have a wealth of information and will likely have to write you a recommendation for some college application. So set up a meeting and hear their thoughts on your college options and plans for senior year. 

More than anything I think it is so important to think independently. It's so easy to be influenced by what colleges your friends like and what classes they are taking, but make sure you are listening to your instincts. Follow your heart, even if all your friends end up at a different college or in a different class it will all work out the way you want. 

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