Guest Blog: Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs to Help Students KnowHow2GO to College: Summer 2011
- Be a pain – in a good way. Discuss your future plans with your parents, school counselor, teachers, friends of the family, ministers, coaches and other adults that you trust. Keep talking until you find the adult who can help you with the steps to college.
- Push yourself. Colleges require you to take certain classes in high school, and in Indiana that means at a minimum completing Core 40. Push yourself to achieve more. Take Advanced Placement and dual credit courses and go for Core 40 with Academic Honors or Technical Honors.
- Find the right fit. Explore your interests and start to figure out what you want to do in life. Join clubs, play sports, explore the arts and volunteer—great ways to expand your career interests and prepare for future scholarship opportunities. Job shadowing is a great way to see what a job is really like by spending the day with someone who works in a career that interests you. Ask to visit universities or a college fair in your area. It’s never too early to start gathering information.
- Get your hands on some cash. College can be expensive, but many people overestimate how much it actually costs. There’s money out there to help you pay for college. Apply for it! High school seniors, be sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Don’t miss the March 10 deadline. Look for scholarship opportunities and save whatever money you can. College is a great investment in your future.
For more information about the campaign, visit www.KnowHowGOIndiana.org. For questions about the campaign and its statewide roll out to afterschool and summer learning programs, email email@example.com.