Focus on Your Grades
This is the last point in which your high school academics will significantly impact your grade point average. Keep in mind that does not mean you can keep trying for the remainder of the semester and then taper off. Your grades still matter in terms of college admissions; however, a nice GPA boost will improve your chances of admission into your top school choices.
Exercise Time Management Skills
At this point in the semester, you may still be figuring out virtual class or social distanced classroom routines—finding your balance.
Finding a good life balance (student, life, personal) is an important life skill to finesse. you will need to utilize throughout your senior year as well as throughout your entire college career...and beyond.
Attend College Fairs
Take the time to learn more about the schools you already have an interest in and the schools you’ve never heard of. It’s better to learn your options now, rather than never learning them at all. You never know which college may be right for you!
There arefour ways a high school student can visit colleges right now. Each type of visit has its pros, too. This year test out these types of visits to see what works best for you. Try visiting colleges that are further away virtually. Sign up for college visits from college admissions officers that are visiting your high school. Your junior year is the perfect time to see how the visit process works!
NACAC has three virtual fairs planned for students this October. Be sure you schedule your October virtual college visit!
Take on Leadership Roles in Current Extracurriculars
In terms of college applications, at this point in your high school career, it’s no longer beneficial to take on new extracurricular activities – unless, of course, you’ve developed an interest in one. It is beneficial, however, to take on leadership roles within the extracurricular activitiesyou are currently involved in.
Discover how you can take your activities to the next level by becoming a leader: whether it’s team captain, a yearbook editor, the lead role in a school production or entering an art competition on your school’s behalf. There are so many opportunities – you just have to make it known that you’re ready to take on more responsibility.
This holds true for activities outside of school as well. Volunteering, service work and community involvement are crucial to your college applications.
Build Your "Brag Sheet"
List all of your extracurricular activities, awards, student clubs, hobbies job experience, etc. in a document, like a student resume. This will help to give to teachers for recommendation letters and for you to include within your college applications. If you begin your brag sheet now, you'll be able to continually update it through your senior year of high school. Here's more on building yours and an example to help you get started.
Keep Applying for Scholarships
As always, it’s important to stay focused on your scholarship applications. College is coming and it's time to start saving. Extra scholarship money will certainly come in handy with those hefty tuition bills headed your way in a year or so!
Our number one tip to help you with a successful scholarship search? Apply early and apply often. This means you should apply for as many scholarships as you qualify for. But, don’t get discouraged when you don’t win right away. Your scholarship search will be challenging at times, but it's crucial you don't give up. Scholarship winners will tell you: persistence is often the key to winning.
You'll never win if you don't apply. Keep your scholarship search going throughout your high school and college careers to help you pay for college.
Begin by organizing your scholarship search, then apply for as many scholarships as possible. Applying for scholarships your junior year will give you a nice head start.
Gain a Basic FAFSA Understanding
You don’t need to apply for your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form this year, but you will next year. Save yourself the learning curve and begin to understand what the FAFSA is and how financial aid can help you pay for college.
Share your findings with your parents too, as they’ll be an important part to filing your FAFSA, next year—your senior year of high school.
Take the PSAT
The PSAT matters – perhaps more than you think. Believe it or not, the exam is practically identical to the SAT in both content and format. That means that preparing for the PSAT is preparing for the SAT, too.
While some colleges are test optional and/or test blind, you'll want to begin to understand the benefits of taking standardized tests. There are several good reasons to take these tests, especially if you're a great test taker.
It’s important not to pass up this important opportunity to gain an inside perspective on what the SAT will be like and, most importantly, get feedback on your performance.
The PSAT can qualify you for National Merit and National Achievement Scholarships. That, alone, is worth the effort!
We want to help you prepare for college! Follow the above suggestions for a productive October in your junior year of high school to remain on track in your college admissions process and college search.
Look to Fastweb to help you throughout the rest of your high school and college careers. In addition to helping you search for scholarships you qualify for; we can help you stay on top of everything related to being a student, from FAFSA and financial aid to FAFSA and online learning and student life.
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