Meet with your Guidance Counselor
Establish goals for the year, like:
Mastering existing interests
Focus on doing well in your courses and seek extra help from peers, teachers, and tutors when needed
Consider taking up a leadership role within your sports teams, clubs or volunteer organizations
Attend college fairs or college open houses in your area
Apply to INMED (Indians Into Medicine)
Even if you are not interested in the field of medicine, INMED offers a great college-like experience away from home with challenging courses.
Analyze what you want in a college by answering the following questions:
Do I want a small, medium, or large school?
Do I prefer an urban, suburban or rural campus?
How far from home? How often do I want to go home?
What am I looking for in a student body?
Is graduate school part of my plan?
Do I want a school with a widely recognized name, or a hidden gem?
Are there rigorous admission requirements?
What academic programs am I interested in? Does the school offer them?
How important are the social aspects od the college (Greek, community service, organizations, sports, etc.)
What kind of financial aid/assistance is provided?
Create a more targeted list of schools that meet the criteria established by your requirements
Keep focused on doing well in classes and seek extra help when needed
Prepare to take the ACT or SAT by taking practice tests
In January/February, register for the ACT or SAT March–May test dates
Schedule a time to meet with your Guidance Counselor to select courses and establish goals for Senior year
Study and take AP exams you've completed (if applicable)
Plan college tours of schools high on your list. Schedule tours of campus and meetings with staff to answer questions about campus life and program offerings
Apply to college "fly-in" opportunities to learn more about what it might be like to attend school further away from home.
Review college application format/content (individual vs. the Common Application)
Strategize on college essay themes
Create a draft resume
Establish application timelime and task list
Use the College Planning Guide to help you evaluate potential schools and create a list of schools to investigate in more detail
Establish summer plan, like:
A Summer enrichment program at a local college
A paying job
Apply to QuestBridge
An internship or apprenticeship
Work with family to track college financing plan