SENIOR TO DO LIST:
*Have your college list narrowed down to 3 to 5 schools by beginning of senior year. You may not where you will go to college, but you should know where you want to apply.
*Sign up to take the ACT or SAT Tests if haven’t already done so or want to try to raise your score. Sign up at: www.actstudent.org or www.collegeboard.org. If needed, look into ACT and/or SAT Test Prep courses to help increase your score. See counselor for some ideas and options. ACT Online Test Practice website: https://academy.act.org. SAT Online Test Practice website: https://www.khanacademy.org/. Also, Success Center for Learning in Paris offers several options for both ACT and SAT Test Prep at http://www.successcenter.us/cpc.htm or call them at (903) 737-2900.
*Create a resume` to use for college admissions and scholarship applications. Include all of your activities, awards, honors, unique experiences, community service, jobs, etc. Do invest some time for volunteer and/or community service hours, if haven’t already done so, to add to your resume’. This record will be helpful when you are completing applications—and anyone writing a recommendation letter for you will appreciate having this information. Search for resume’ templates online to help guide you in writing your own!
*Create your ApplyTexas at www.applytexas.org and/or CommonApp at www.commonapp.org account and apply to Texas colleges that you’re interested in. If interested in any out-of-state colleges, apply on that college’s admissions website.
*Make college visits. Seniors are allowed 2 college visit days. See counselor for College Visit form to be approved beforehand.
*Decide on which colleges or trade schools to apply to. Check college websites on application dates and deadlines and know that some colleges have application fees. Once you’ve applied, let counselor know to send your transcript.
*Discuss college costs with your parents. FAFSA applications open up on October 1st, so apply early to see if your student is eligible for any financial aid money. Students and parents will need to create a FSA ID at www.StudentAid.gov/fsaid. Then, have your 2018 tax returns to complete the FAFSA application at www.fafsa.gov. *Detroit Parent FAFSA night is Thursday, October 24th at 6:00 in the library if you need assistance in completing the FAFSA—will need your 2018 tax returns.
*Research college websites to determine if you are eligible and possibly qualify for their college scholarships.
*Put your best foot forward and clean up your social media to present a college/career-friendly image online.
*Create a checklist and/or calendar to keep track of standarized test dates, college application due dates, and financial aid deadlines. Note additional materials you will need such as recommendations, essays or fees that you will need to complete your applications.
**See Mrs. Welch’s Scholarship webpage for scholarship website listings.
***Local area scholarships will be available in the spring of the year for seniors.
Need help deciding on a college and/or career? Check out the helpful college/career inventory website details below:
****Career Cruising is an excellent website to learn more about specific colleges and careers.
Go to www.careercruising.com and enter the user name (detroit) and password (75436) to access the following types of information:
Click on the state and then choose from a list of colleges and universities to learn these things:
Undergraduate Admissions Data
Types of Financial Aid Available
High School Class Ranks
Athletics/Programs/Intramural Sports/Majors Offered
Either click on the index of career names or type a career title (ex. Pilot) to learn these things:
Texas Outlook (predicted job growth or decline)
Education and Training
Sample Career Paths
~~You can also read interviews with ‘real’ people who are employed in a particular career. These interviews give insight to the pros and cons of entering a profession and the personal opinions of those being interviewed.