If you are a graduating senior heading off for college, there is a decent chance that you started thinking about college about four years too late. Most teens never think about college until their junior or senior year in high school. College should be on your minds as early as possible for you to really get the maximum out of it. Here are five things you should be thinking and doing right now to get ready for college as a teenager:
Start Digging for Scholarship Opportunities
With the Internet now, you guys have it made where scholarship searching is concerned. Virtually everything that is being offered is out there online, and just waiting on you to find it and take advantage. If you seek out scholarships in advance, you will get the jump on at least half of the applicants out there. Why not give yourself the best chance at free tuition?
Use Volunteer Work to Figure Out Your True Calling
As a teenager, you can do volunteer work and truly figure out what you want. Why wait until just before you are applying to realize you have no clue what you want to do? By volunteering you can get your feet wet in virtually any field of study. Once you have it figured out, continue to volunteer in those areas so that you gain contacts and respect in the field you are joining.
Develop Effective Study Habits
Now is the time to get your study habits together. Talk to other college students and find out what is expected of them. Learn to study in various ways so that you can be flexible when college comes along. You not only will be learning new things in college, you will be learning new ways to learn them. Practice ahead and you will be ahead when you get there.
Work and Save Your Cash
College life is not cheap and it will most definitely be a challenge for you and your parents. If your parents are unable to help, that is even more reason for you to work and save some cash. Many kids will pay “rent” at home and the parents will save that cash for their college. This allows you to learn about responsibility and save money at the same time. College will be very expensive so every little bit will help.
Visit as Many Campuses as Possible
Now is the time to start looking at what is on the horizon. A college is much more than just a place to learn. You will be spending virtually all of your time there for four years and will need to like the place you are going. Visiting these colleges will give you confidence in your choices and allow you to truly embrace one particular choice. You can’t know for sure unless you have been there. Use the years leading up to college to do just that.
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