Jumpstart Your Student
It is never too early for your student to get a headstart on their journey to higher education! Here a few things you can do now to get ahead
Talking with your student about college is important. It is never too early to learn about the endless opportunities that they can take advantage of throughout their academic career. Begin by asking about their interests, while they may change over time, it is a good place to begin thinking about different career paths
BE INVOLVED IN THEIR SCHOOL SCHEDULE
You want to be involved in your student's academic classes meaning you want to make sure they are taking the required classes not only to graduate but also to meet the guidelines on whatever college they are interested in applying to.
Isn't that the school counselor's job? You are right, although it is important for you to be involved as well to double-check
ENROLL THEM IN PRE-COLLEGE INITIATIVE PROGRAMS
There are many Pre-College Initiative programs that cater to students wanted to attend college. These programs prepare students with the fundamentals they need for success in school and in higher education. Your child's middle or high school, may provide these types of programs.
BEGIN THE SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH EARLY
You can begin winning scholarships as early as middle school. Once your child enters high school, have them begin a Scholarship Search by applying to one scholarship every two weeks and keep track of their progress. There are templates in the Planning Guides tab that you can use to help stay on track.
CONTACT DIVERSITY RECRUITMENT CHAIR FOR COLLEGES
Many universities across the US are focusing on bringing in more diverse students to their university. You can research the school website to read about each college's plan to enhance the diversity on campus. From there you can talk to their undergraduate recruiter or coordinator to learn information about any programs you student can be a part of to help increase their chances of being accepted tot he university.
HAVE THEM CREATE A COLLEGE LIST
Have them create a list of possible majors they may want to study or career paths they may want to go into. There are College Planning Guides that you may download on the Planning Guides tab.