What Can I do Prior to Senior Year to Get ready for College?


Abby Caster, Author

Freshman Year

  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Build your schedule around your end goal
  • Challenge yourself in all of your classes
  • Join clubs and after school activities
  • Get to know your counselor so you feel comfortable to check in often in the upcoming years to make sure you are meeting graduation requirements.
  • Attend career fairs and begin to explore career fields of interest
  • Pay attention to your grades. Keep in mind that you will be turning in six semesters of grades with your college applications.


Sophomore Year

  • Attend college and career information events
  • Research and begin looking into funding for college
  • Look into scholarships, grants, and loans
  • Reach out to teachers and mentors in your fields of interest
  • Consider taking practice tests for the PSAT test


Junior Year

  • Take the PSAT. Students are required to take the test in 11th grade to qualify for National Merit scholarships and other like programs.
  • Continue attending college fairs and college-prep presentations. Keep in mind that a lot of this information can be found online!
  • In the spring, be sure to register for college admission exams such as the SAT and the ACT. It is recommended to take practice tests before the big day!
  • Continue to research ways to pay for college
  • Write down all of the scholarships you are planning on pursuing
  • Mark all scholarships deadlines on your calendar
  • Begin to contact colleges to request information and applications