Timeline For High School Students On A College-Seeking Track: Freshmen to Senior Years

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Timeline For High School Students On A  College-Seeking Track: Freshmen to Senior Years

Written By Cindy Wright, Guide To Greatness Advisor For Enhanced Prep

When it comes to approaching high school, there is a strategy—especially when it comes to planning for college.  High school is the time to dig in and take your educational journey to the next level. The first, and most important piece of this puzzle, is your GPA & Rigor of your course load throughout all four years of high school. That said, it’s important you avoid choosing the “easy A” class just to maintain a high GPA.  Colleges award students a spot in their school not only based on GPA, but also the types of classes they are taking. For instance, receiving a B in an AP or Honors class is better than an A from a traditional class.   

In your Freshman year, make it a point to increase your vocabulary, and find time to read each day.  This year will be a great opportunity to set goals for yourself while figuring out the things you really enjoy. Conduct online research to see what dream schools you want on your list.  Are you interested in sports, or maybe you enjoy the arts? Discovering your passions will also help you decide on a path for your future. This first year can be an overwhelming experience. Be sure to find healthy activities, and don’t forget to make time for fun.

Your focus is KEY during your Sophomore & Junior years of high school. In fact, your Junior year will, by far, be the most demanding academic year you will face.  You will take AP exams and, also, the PSAT. It is important to note that although the PSAT is not part of your college application, it can help you determine which test (SAT or ACT) will be better suited for YOU. The SAT/ACT is the second most important item on your college application.  Students will spend four years working for a high GPA; however, most will never even crack a book or even consider preparing for the SAT or ACT.  This score will make up 30-35 percent of the reasons why a college will say yes or no to your application. It is important to spend 40 + hours preparing for either the SAT or ACT. At Enhanced Prep, we can help you figure out which exam will be most appropriate for you and your needs.

After you have achieved the test scores you were hoping for, and your GPA is on track with your list of dream schools, you will still have work to do your Senior year. You should be applying to at least ten colleges. This will put you in the driver’s seat with plenty of options on where you want to go.  Meet with college admissions officers whenever possible; this shows them you are interested in their school.  Write a great personal essay (but don’t have anyone write it for you); this may/or may not be a requirement. Apply for grants, scholarships, and FAFSA so that you can be first in line for funds—you will thank yourself for this later. Finally, some colleges are still looking for three Letters of Recommendation.  You will need to meet deadlines. Know what those are, along with any other requirements.  

Have questions about the process and how to stay on track? Give us a call, or shoot us an email. We are always here, ready to help.

We provide homework help for K-12, tutoring for AP & Subject Tests, ACT or SAT Prep and more. We are Enhanced Prep, and we design prep around your needs to help turn your reach into reality.  www.enhancedprep.com , advisor@enhancedprep.com , text to register 31996 or call 323-433-9775 we are here for you.

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